I love to cook, and I have lots of tools that help make cooking easier and more fun. The most essential tools are my knives. My favorite is an 8-inch chef’s knife that I use almost every day, and when I first got it, it was so sharp and cut like a dream. Over time, though, it got dull with use, and I could barely cut a tomato with it. This began my quest to find a way to keep my knives sharp.
I had heard horror stories about all those little hand-held sharpening devices, so I avoided them. I wanted my expensive knives treated with care, so I began searching for a local company that could sharpen them professionally. Unfortunately, the closest place I could find was on the other side of the state, so getting them sharpened meant mailing my knives to them. I did this several times over the last few years, always suffering for a week while I waited for shipping both ways. When they would come back to me, though, they were sharp as could be and I was in love once again.
Then a few months ago I found myself in a conversation with a professional chef and we talked about knives. I asked for recommendations about local sharpening services, and he just laughed and let me in on a secret — sharpening your knives at home is a piece of cake!
The chef took out his sharpening stone, which was a 3-stone system by Norton. He then quickly showed me how easy it was to sharpen my knives by just swiping them across the stone in a careful manner, using the right technique.
I was elated and instantly rushed to find a similar stone for myself (but hopefully at a smaller price). I searched on eBay and found lots of knife sharpeners to choose from. I finally decided on the Norton IM50 and was thrilled to find an auction on eBay for a complete IM50 set that even came with an instructional DVD, and at a very affordable price to boot. I purchased it instantly and eagerly waited for it to arrive.
The first thing I did when my sharpening set arrived was to watch the video. The instructor speaks very clearly and illustrates repeatedly how to sharpen a knife. The kit also came with a training wedge to help me learn how to hold the knife at the correct angle. It was foolproof!
I sharpened my favorite knife in mere minutes and then tested it out. It was razor-sharp and I was thrilled. The training wedge was a fantastic aid in learning how to use it, and the whole process was so easy that I couldn’t believe I’d been paying someone else to do it for me.
To prove to you just how easy it is, I made a video to show you how to sharpen your own knives at home. All you need is a simple sharpening stone and some food-safe sharpening stone oil, and your knives can be sharp again in minutes. There really is no sense in having a good knife unless it’s sharp. And now you can sharpen yours yourself!
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