Serrated knives are some of the most common types of kitchen cutlery. They have a wavy edge that allows them to easily slice through foods with tough skin or crusts, such as cakes and bread.
Serrated knives also allow you to get into tight spots where it might be difficult to use a regular smooth blade knife, like slicing off the top of an apple without cutting too deep into the flesh.
But just because serrated knives can do more than other types doesn’t mean they don’t need any maintenance! Discussed below is how you can sharpen your blade to keep them in tip-top condition.
Tools and Materials Needed
You will need the following tools and materials to sharpen your serrated knife properly:
- dish towel
- kitchen counter or work area
- serrated knife sharpener
- emery board
Pointers to Remember
Before proceeding to hone your blade, there are things you need to keep in mind to make sure you do not damage the blade.
First, you want to make sure that your blade is always dull. You should never attempt to sharpen a serrated knife if it’s already sharp enough and might only need minimal sharpening.
Second, when doing the honing process, be gentle on your blade by using light and even pressure while sliding the steel straight up and down in the blade.
Third, when you think your knife is sharp enough for cutting food, test it on a piece of paper to check the edge’s thickness. If the blade sticks in place or slides smoothly without catching onto any fibers then it should be ready to go into use!
If these pointers are followed and maintained, there shouldn’t be any problems with cutting food or making the blade dull again.
- Make sure you have a sharpening stone that is appropriate for serrated blades. If possible, soak the stone in water for 20 minutes before sharpening.
- Also, rinse the blade with water to remove any dirt or grime.
- Place the blade flat on a table or service with the back of the knife facing up, away from you. You want to sharpen only one side of each tooth at a time.
- Start by sharpening the inside edge of the blade, and then progress to the outside side. It is important for you not to sharpen a serrated knife in one direction only as this will lead to uneven results and may even damage your serrations altogether.
- If your knife has deep grooves or chips, use an emery board to remove any metal buildup from those areas before grinding them out.
- Clean off all residue and reshape the blade by stroking it against a whetstone at a 20-degree angle as if you were slicing bread.
- Use a dishtowel to dry off the blade. Skipping this step may cause rusting in the long run.
- Finally, store away in its original sheath after use and repeat these steps every time your knife needs to be sharpened.
With these tips in mind, we hope that it will be easier for you to find out how to keep all of your knives sharper than ever before. Remember to pamper your knives and sharpen them regularly to keep their blades in good shape.