The Gerber knife is one of the most popular knives on the market today. They are not only affordable but are also extremely durable and versatile. But over time, even the best knife can get a bit dull if it’s not properly taken care of.
This blog post will walk you through how to sharpen your Gerber Knife so that it stays sharp for years to come!
When to Sharpen
Your blade may be needing sharpening when:
- Your blade is no longer cutting through food with the same ease and speed as it did in the past.
- You find yourself trying to push down too hard on what you’re cutting.
- Your knife is beginning to feel too sharp and digging into your fingers.
- You are no longer able to slice the vegetables in one smooth motion.
- The blade of your knife looks dulled, scratched, or nicked.
When you notice any of these signs, make sure to sharpen your knife as soon as possible.
What Tools and Materials are Needed
You would be needing the following materials to sharpen your blade:
- knife sharpener
- kitchen towel, rag, or paper towel
- abrasive paper
What are the Steps in Honing
Truth be told, there is no one best nor generic procedure in sharpening a knife. Nonetheless, you may want to follow this tested and proven effective procedure.
Step Number 1. Soak the knife sharpener.
Soak the sharpener in water for around 30 minutes. It is necessary so that the sharpener will not heat up too much and it becomes more effective.
Step Number 2. Rinse the blade thoroughly.
Rinse the blade thoroughly with running water to get rid of any loose particles or dirt before you start sharpening it. This will also remove rust and corrosion if there are some present on your knife’s surface.
Step Number 3. Proceed to sharpen.
Start by sharpening the blade on one side and make sure that you have a firm grip over it. After that, turn the knife to sharpen its other face. Make use of circular motions for your sharpener to work most effectively.
Step Number 4. Polish the blade.
You can use abrasive paper to polish your blade. You may also want to buff out any scratches with a jeweler’s cloth wheel on a Dremel tool. This will leave you with an ultra-sharp, polished edge.
Remember: A well-polished blade has a smooth and reflective surface. Once your knife is shiny, you may proceed to the next step.
Step Number 5. Lubricate the blade.
After you have found the best angle and sharpened your knife, it’s time to lubricate. This will help keep rusting at bay.
Step Number 6. Store the knife in a right place.
If you store your blade in a dry place, it will stay sharp. Avoid storing the knife in humid places or areas that are too hot for long periods of time.
Remember: Keep the knife away from dirt, debris, and moisture.
The Gerber knife is a great all-purpose knife that can be used for any task you need to complete. It’s light, has an excellent grip, and durable blade.
So, do not forget to give your blade some love and sharpen it.