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Sharpening and honing allow you to keep your knives sharp and effective and can help prevent you from having to replace them too often.
Here you will be able to choose from our large assortment of kitchen knife sharpeners, stones and honing rods by some of the most popular brands and designers.
With us at Nordic Nest, you will be able to choose from a hand-picked selection of the best knife sharpeners, stones and honing rods from popular Scandinavian and global brands.
Browse through our selection of professional knife sharpeners by well-known brands such as Fiskars, Zwilling or De Buyer. Or if you are looking for high-quality whetstones, the brand Satake has a range of Japanese knife sharpening blocks which ensure that your blades perform at their best.
Sharpening your knives is a process where part of the knife material is removed from the blade resulting in a sharper edge. There are different tools for sharpening knives, such as manual knife sharpeners, electric knife sharpeners and whetstones.
Honing is a process in which you straighten the edge of the knife by sliding it against a honing rod to align the blade. It lessens the need for you to sharpen your knives too often so that they last longer and work more effectively.
A honing rod, also called a knife sharpening steel, doesn’t actually sharpen the knife but rather realigns the edge of the knife by pushing the metal back to the centre to make it more effective when you cut. To hone your knife, you can follow these steps:
There are several types of knife sharpeners which can be used to keep your knives in good condition, such as manual knife sharpeners, electric knife sharpeners and whetstones.
Manual knife sharpeners are generally designed with a V-shape slot through which the blade of the knife is pulled. They have a compact size which makes them practical to store away.
Electric knife sharpeners have motorised wheels which spin against the edge of the knife to sharpen the blade. They also have spring loaded guides which restrict the movement of the blade resulting in a more even edge.
Whetstones, also known as sharpening stones, are used to sharpen knives by pulling the edge of the blade along the surface of the stone. Whetstone sharpening blocks are available with different grits, which should be selected depending on the purpose of your grinding.
To sharpen your knives using a whetstone, you can follow these steps:
For a regular kitchen knife, sharpening your knives two or three times a year should be sufficient to keep them in good condition. However, it is good to hone your knives more regularly, about once or twice a week at least.
To avoid having to sharpen and hone your knives too often, it is recommended to store your knives using a knife block or magnetic knife strip. Keeping your knives loose in the kitchen drawers can damage the blades and shorten their lifetime.
To check if your knife is sharp, you can test the blade by slicing it down a sheet of copy paper. If the knife does not cut through the paper in one clean cut, it may be a good time to hone or sharpen your knives.