How Often Do You Really Need To Sharpen Your Knives?

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A sharp knife in the kitchen can make all the difference both in speed and in how much you enjoy the cooking process. Here’s how you can tell it’s time for a refresh. 

Difficulty in Cutting 

If you find yourself applying more force than usual, it’s a sign the knife is losing its edge. Inspect the blade for visible damage. Nicks or chips may require professional sharpening.

Paper Test

A quick test you can do is try slicing a piece of paper with the knife. A sharp knife should cut through effortlessly. If it tears or snags, it’s time for sharpening.

If your knife doesn’t pass the test, here are a few tips for how to get it back in shape. 

Sharpening Techniques

Water Stones or Oil Stones (which are both special stones for sharpening knives) are ideal for maintaining and restoring knife edges.

You can also try using a manual or electric sharpener. They are quick and convenient for regular maintenance, and you can likely get them in your nearest kitchen store. 

And finally, if you’re knife has gone too far, consider professional sharpening. It’s more expensive, but will also last longer and is great for resurrecting hard cases.