Three Different Methods of Sharpening Your Knife-Appalachian Outfitters

Three Different Methods of Sharpening Your Knife

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You purchased a knife from us a while back, and if you haven't sharpened it, you should do it before your next adventure! You might have used your knife on rare occasions, but it may no longer be as sharp as it should be.

Even a slightly dull knife can be dangerous because you need to apply additional force when cutting, which could result in slippage and injury. 

To test if your knife could benefit from sharpening, all you need to do is hold up a folded sheet of paper vertically. Either a piece of printer paper or thinner paper, such as newspaper, will work.

Place the knife blade at the top of the paper at a slight angle and begin slicing away from you. If the knife doesn’t cut the paper cleanly, it may be time to sharpen it.

So what is the best tool for sharpening?

Man sharpening knife on stone


If you possess a lot of expensive knives, a whetstone is the best tool to use. However, it is not easy mastering the whetstone, which can take many tries to get the hang of when sharpening your knives.

It is one of the most popular tools because it’s by far the most adaptable. You just simply need to hold the knife at a specific angle based on the type of blade, which means you can use it to sharpen any kind of knife. Here are one of our whetstones you can check out.

Work Sharp Whetstone Knife Sharpener

Work Sharp Whetstone Knife Sharpener



Hand sharpening knife

Manual Knife Sharpeners

Manual knife sharpeners contain abrasives either in the shape of a V that holds the blade when sharpening or on wheels. When using this type of sharpener, you’ll typically pull the blade through the abrasive material while applying even pressure.

This the least expensive option out of all. Some manual sharpeners also keep the knife securely in place while sharpening for even results.

Unfortunately, even the best manual sharpeners are not fit for knives that sustained heavy damage. What's more, if you possess high-end knives, a whetstone is a much better option.

If you're interested in manual knife sharpeners, here is an option you can check out.

Work Sharp Precision Adjust Knife Sharpener

Work Sharp Precision Adjust Knife Sharpener

Electric knife sharpener

Electric Knife Sharpeners

Electric knife sharpeners are highly convenient and don’t require the work that comes with manual sharpeners.

Unlike manual sharpeners, the abrasive is used on motorized wheels for more automated sharpening, which makes everything very simple.

You only need to turn the sharpener on and keep a firm grip on the knife as you pull the blade along the slots where they’ll brush against the abrasive wheels.

Unfortunately, they are quite expensive, and if you are on a budget, then a manual sharpener is a much better option. Also, if your knife has a full bolster, then an electric sharpener is not the right fit because you can’t pass the entire blade through the sharpener slots.

Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener Mk.2

Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener Mk.2
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