Discuss: How often do you sharpen your knives?

Discussion in 'Kitchen Equipment and Tools' started by Forsaken, Jan 10, 2014.

  1. Forsaken Active Member

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    Was going through my knives, and packing up the things that I don't use very often so that I can start getting things moved to the new house (I have about 3 sets of knives).

    I'm actually pretty bad at keeping them sharpened, and I rarely hone them myself. You'd think I'd be better at it, seeing as my dad makes knives and offers a knife sharpening service :oops:.
  2. Catalyst Active Member

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    For carving and also jointing meat, I usually get the steel out and sharpen them before using them. As I grew up a Butcher's daughter, it was just "the norm" for me to do it as he just did it each and every time.

    That said, I don't think there is any set rule. Probably depending on the quality of the knives every six months or so? A lot of my other knives are ceramic so they don't need sharpening at all.:)
  3. Kim Yummy nom noms

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    LOL, I know what you mean, I had to get one of the guys at work to sharpen my knife yesterday!!! He is really good at it, and I am really bad at it :p

    I've known the theory of it for years but just can't seem to manage to execute a successful sharpen, I think I just can't keep at the correct angle!
  4. Forsaken Active Member

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    Given how accident prone I tend to be with knives and sharp objects, I usually avoid doing my own sharpening. My dad can also do all of my knives in less than 5 minutes as well, so just a matter of taking them to him to get done.



    Most of my knives are very good stainless, or damascus. I haven't found a set of ceramic knives that I like much, but when I go to Japan I'll probably shop around a bit.
  5. Catalyst Active Member

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    Foresaken,

    The Kyocera ceramic knives are good and you may be able to get them at a better price in JP. The thing is, I admit I am scared to use them sometimes as they were so pricey! I have a couple of Crofton ones I got for a song though that I use on a daily basis and they have never failed me with paring and what not.;)
  6. Forsaken Active Member

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    The Kyocera Revolution is suppose to be one of the better knives, but it chipped in a month when my stepdad used it.

    Heres the site I checked, and it seems pretty detailed and thorough in regards to testing, and research.

    http://www.cookingforengineers.com/article/290/Ceramic-Chefs-Knives-Rated
  7. Catalyst Active Member

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    Yes it does have great reviews there and it's a shame that it chipped for your stepdad. One of mine fell to the kitchen floor after a good 12 months of solid use and just shattered into pieces, hence my reluctance to use the other now! lol

    The pricing on that site though.. wow... I paid $142. for one of mine and $117 the other back in 2010!:eek:

    The Crofton ones though.. $14.99! lol As you can appreciate I am not so precious about them!:D They cut beautifully too!
  8. Forsaken Active Member

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    You guys get screwed on prices there, thats why :p.

    On Amazon the white set (includes a paring knife) is only $54-55.
  9. Catalyst Active Member

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    Yes, things at places like King of Knives, where I bought them, are mighty exxy!

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