Knives are a cook’s best friends and using them is essential to success in the kitchen. If you love cooking and enjoy using a Shun knife, then this post is for you.
We will walk through the steps to sharpen your Shun knives to keep them as sharp as possible. The process of sharpening a knife takes some time and effort, but it will be worth it because your knives will stay sharper longer!
Materials and Tools
- knife sharpener
- polish and polishing cloth
Step Number 1. Prepare tools.
The first step is to get prepare the sharpener. Be able to soak the sharpener in water for about 15 minutes. We need to do this to prevent the sharpener from scratching and damaging your blade.
Step Number 2. Rinse the knife.
It is necessary to rinse the knife before honing. This is done to remove any traces of food on the blade.
Step Number 3. You can now sharpen the knife.
When sharpening the knife, you can hold the blade at a 20-degree angle to ensure you are removing metal evenly. Draw the knife on each side of the sharpener’s stone and press down firmly with your fingers or palm, drawing it back towards yourself so that both sides of the blade meet in front for uniform sharpening.
Tip Number 1: Wrap a piece of cloth around your index and middle finger to protect them from any harm that might come their way as you do so.
Tip Number 2: Use a gentle sawing motion while making sure not to apply too much pressure on one side of the blade for long periods at a time or else it may bend out of shape.
Step Number 4: Give the blade a little shine.
Polish the blade to remove any burrs that may have been produced during sharpening. In doing so, you may want to use a polishing cloth to get an even finish.
Remember: You would know that enough polishing has been done when the blade becomes reflective and has the appearance of a mirror.
Step Number 5: It is now time to test the blade’s sharpness.
Do this by drawing it across a surface to see if the edge is sharp. You may also want to use a piece of paper to test the sharpness of the blade. If it doesn’t cut through, then you need to sharpen your knife again and repeat the earlier steps.
Step 6. Store the knife properly.
It is recommended to keep the knife in a sheath or in a toolbox to avoid damaging the blade. Avoid storing in a damp, humid environment as it may cause rust.
Step 7. Perform aftercare.
Truth be told, many tend to skip this step. However, cleaning up is a very important step. Rinsing and drying your used tools with a damp cloth or paper towel will ensure that they are sanitary and ready for fun use.
Shun knives are some of the best quality knives on the market. They can also be very pricey, so it is important to take care of them for them to last longer and retain their sharpness.
I hope you found this blog post helpful. If so, please share it with your friends and family that are looking for a way to sharpen their knives!