A knife is a very important tool in our lives, especially at home. It has been in existence for decades as its importance cannot be ignored. Many homes use the knife on a daily basis and we have different types of knives which handles different duties. For example, we have weapon knives which are the combat knife, bayonet, throwing knife and trench knife. Utensils knives are those used in the kitchen for food preparation and cutlery purposes they include the bread knife, kitchen knife, chef, curving and boning knives. Some knives too as used as tools to aid in handling a given duty for instance the hunting knives, divers knives,electricians, machete, pocket knife, butterfly knife, scalpel, survival knife and wood curving knives.

They come in different sizes, shapes and designs. Their handle also is made using materials like leather, plastic, woods and rubber and this offers comfort when using the knives.

Knife sharpening is not a new procedure since as you use your knife with time it tends to get blunt and the only option is to sharpen it for efficiency and speed while working. For you to choose the best knife for use you will need to have some basic knowledge on knives so as to enable you get the right one for your needs.

We have various ways of knife sharpening and this article will mainly talk about how to sharpen a kitchen knife since it is commonly used by many people worldwide.

1. You will need to buy a knife sharpening stone – most of them are relatively cheap and can be afforded by many.

2. You must know how to use the sharpening stone, it is easy to use and faster to handle. You will get instructions on the pack as written by the manufactures. It works by stroking the knife on the edge of the knife, till you see a bright complexion on the knife.

3. When you are sure the knife is sharp you can test by slicing an onion to check its sharpness. It is advised that you handle the process with caution since a sharp knife can be very harmful to you if not handled carefully.

Another way of sharpening a kitchen knife is using sharpening steel which looks like a filing tool, you will handle the procedure by holding the blade at an angle of 20 degrees and pulling it across the knife until it is well sharpened.

Source by Chris C. Sturat