Keeping sharp knives in your kitchen arsenal is a must. If you’re cutting with a dull knife, you are not only making your prep time longer and making simple tasks like cutting a tomato or meat harder, you have increased the risk factor of injury. A dull knife is an injury waiting to happen.
How can I tell if my knife is dull?
Here is a quick and safe test to find out if your knife needs sharpening:
- your knife
- a tomato
If your knife falls into the category of ‘laziness’, precede on to the next section. If you fall into the other category, congratulations you have a sharp knife and can resume enjoying the ease of cooking prep your knife brings you.
How can I sharpen my knife?
There are many different types of knife sharpeners out there: from electric-powered sharpeners to to sharpening kits to whet stones to rod sharpeners. Electric powered sharpeners keep the angle on the edge of the knife consistent while sharpening. They’re user-friendly, speedy, and remove majority of user-error (not keeping a consistent angle on the edge while sharpening, not keeping consistent pressure, etc). The catch? They’re not the cheapest option out there. Average retail prices on electric sharpeners run from about $40 to about $160. Manual sharpeners require more time and user precision than the electric variety. Practice is needed, but that shouldn’t scare you away from using a manual sharpening tool. Average retail prices run from $10 and beyond.
A good electronic sharpener is the Smith’s Diamond Edge Pro 50023. However, I recommend the Spyderco Sharpmaker Sharpener. It is fairly inexpensive and delivers an effective method for bring a sharp edge to most any knife.
Want to sharpen with a whet stone? Check out this video!
Avoid injury, decrease prep time, and increase the life span of your kitchen knife by keeping your knife sharp. A dull knife just takes up space.