How to Sharpen a Knife With a Stone

Updated on August 1, 2019
dredcuan profile image

Working on a cruise line has allowed me to travel all over the world. My experiences have given me a different view on life.

how to sharpen a knife with a stone
how to sharpen a knife with a stone | Source

The knife is one of the most important kitchen tools, but it is important that it be kept sharp in order to do its job effectively. The best way to keep your knife sharp is to use a specialized sharpening stone.

Chefs have different opinions, however, about the best methods for using a stone. There are different schools of thought about whether the knife blade should be run over a stone from heel to tip or vice versa. There are also different opinions about whether to use any lubricant or water during the process. However, most people agree that the stroke direction must be consistent to achieve a well-honed blade.

towel, knife, and sharpening stone
towel, knife, and sharpening stone | Source

What You Need

  • Knife: Considered to be one of the most important tools in the kitchen, it is important to keep it sharp. Many chefs believe that dull knives lead to more accidents than sharpened knives.
  • Sharpening Stone: Used to sharpen the blade of a knife. A sharpening stone has two sides: the rough or coarse side for the initial procedure and the smoother or fine side for the finishing touches.
  • Towel: It is important to lay a piece of cloth underneath the stone to prevent it from slipping during the procedure.

How to Sharpen a Knife With a Stone?

knife sharpening
knife sharpening | Source

1. Lay down the towel on a flat surface.

2. Place the sharpening stone vertically on top of the towel, rough side facing up.

3. Position the heel of the knife at a 20-degree angle on the top left of the sharpening stone.

4. Hold the knife across the tip.

how to sharpen a knife with a stone easily
how to sharpen a knife with a stone easily | Source

5. Drag the knife all the way down until the tip reaches the right bottom part of the stone.

how to sharpen a knife with a stone for beginners
how to sharpen a knife with a stone for beginners | Source

6. Turn the knife over to sharpen the other side of the blade.

7. This time, start from the tip. Then run the entire edge going back to its original position: at the left top part of the stone.

sharpening knife
sharpening knife | Source

8. Repeat this procedure a couple of times to achieve a sharp blade.

Click thumbnail to view full-size

9. After making a couple of strokes, turn over the stone. Follow the same procedure, this time using the more finely grained side of the stone.

Knife Sharpening Techniques

  1. Use a damp cloth or rubber mat to prevent the sharpening stone from slipping.
  2. Lubricate the stone with oil or water if needed.
  3. Apply enough pressure onto the knife while letting it run over the surface of the stone.
  4. Move the knife blade away from you at all times.
  5. Make equal numbers of strokes on each side of the blade.
  6. Start sharpening the blade using the coarse side. Then finish with the fine side.
  7. Wash the knife before using to remove all debris.

Sharpening Knife Step-by-Step Procedure

Other Sharpening Tools

  • Steels: Steel rods are used to realign the blade edge during normal use. Steels are not intended to replace sharpening stone; their function is to maintain the quality of the knife blade.
  • Electric Knife Sharpeners: These gadgets are made with an abrasive surface, such as belts or wheels. They typically operate at a high speed that will grind away too much of the blade, which may result in serious damage. These sharpeners will shorten the useful life of a knife.

Questions & Answers

    © 2018 Dred Cuan

    Comments

      0 of 8192 characters used
      Post Comment
      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        11 months ago from California

        Hi Poppy,

        I agree with you. It's more dangerous to work with dull knife as compared to sharp knife because when using the former, the tendecy is to slip the food away from it.

      • poppyr profile image

        Poppy 

        11 months ago from Tokyo, Japan

        This is a good step-by-step guide on using a whetstone to sharpen your knives.

        When I was in my final year of university, I worked in a shop that sold kitchen equipment, primarily cutlery and chef knives. We sold whetstones too but emphasized that they were only needed for the higher-quality knives.

        It is easy for people to forget to sharpen their knives which is obviously dangerous for cutting up vegetables and the like.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        11 months ago from California

        Hello Eric,

        So you played the knife against a board just like when playing darts huh? That's so interesting way to kill time and to enjoy as well for sure!

      • Ericdierker profile image

        Eric Dierker 

        11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        I just did a Chef's knife with a stone we got on a hike and we use spit for the lubricant.

        Absolutely a dull knife is a dangerous one.

        Oh on the by and by, we played knife throwing against a board last night. The Boy is getting weight and rotation.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        11 months ago from California

        Hello Eric,

        I see people sharpening their knives differently. However, even if it's a different procedure, what is important is you shapen the knife regularly in a safe manner. What I like with this procedure is that I am using all parts of the stone to maintain the quality or level of the surface over time.

      • dredcuan profile imageAUTHOR

        Dred Cuan 

        11 months ago from California

        Hi Mary,

        The first time I used a stone is when I started my cooking profession. I still remember that we still need to pay somebody to maintain the sharpness of our knives.

      • Ericdierker profile image

        Eric Dierker 

        11 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Interesting. I use the stone. A little different procedure though.

      • aesta1 profile image

        Mary Norton 

        11 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        We have a stone sharpener and my husband has been using it. I have to learn how to do this and your pictures clearly show how.

      working

      This website uses cookies

      As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, delishably.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

      For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://delishably.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

      Show Details
      Necessary
      HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
      LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
      Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
      AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
      HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
      Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
      CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
      Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
      Features
      Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
      Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
      Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
      PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
      MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
      Marketing
      Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
      Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
      Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
      Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
      Statistics
      Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
      ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
      Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
      ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)