During culinary school, I had to learn how to do it the old-school way, using a sharpening rod and wasting a great deal of time. After that, I was introduced to stationary sharpeners, which were easier to use and more convenient but still required a lot of time.
One wonderful day, I was introduced to the electric knife sharpener, and my life changed for the better. It took a while, however, before I learned precisely how to use this device efficiently.
What You Will Need to Follow This Tutorial
In order to accomplish all the steps featured in this step-by-step tutorial on how to use an electric sharpener, you will need the following items:
- A knife that requires sharpening.
- An electric knife sharpener with different coarseness levels.
- A clean drying cloth.
Step by Step Instructions for Using an Electric Knife Sharpener
Step 1. Turn the Machine On
First, place the machine on a flat, stable surface. Make sure that it will not move during the sharpening process. Once that is done, plug the machine in an electric outlet. After that, press or move the power button to the “on” position. This will enable the slots to automatically activate when a knife goes in them.
Step 2. Become Familiar with the Slots
Typically, electric knife sharpening machines have two or more slots. Each slot has a grinding stone or wheel with a different level of coarseness. The coarsest slot will be labeled “1”, “fine” or something similar. The slots will normally be organized according to their level of coarseness, going from coarsest to finest. When the machine is turned on, these grinding stones will automatically press against the blade as soon as you insert it in the slot.
Step 3. Slide the Knife Through the Coarsest Slot
At this point, you are ready to begin sharpening your dull knife. Simply slide the blade through the coarsest slot on the machine. To do this, first, wedge the heel of the blade into the slot. Make sure that the knife is pressed down as far as possible, helping it to connect with the grinding stone. Once it has gone through as far as possible, begin pulling the blade back slowly through the slot.
Keep pulling through until you skim past the tip of the cutting tool. Be sure to always work from the base of the knife through its tip. Additionally, make sure to push the blade of the knife as deep into the slot as you possibly can without using force. If you insert it correctly, the machine will correct the angle of the knife as it slides back, setting it between 15 and 20 degrees. For that reason, it’s important to let the machine act with as little intervention or force as possible.
Step 4. Repeat
Normally, you will need to pull the knife through the coarse slot at least twice for each side. To do this, follow the same procedure as before, making sure not to rush the process. Remember that you should never pass the blade through the machine in a forward motion. Instead, only do it starting from the base all the way to the tip of the knife.
Step 5. Pass the Knife Through the Remaining Slots
Once you have pulled the knife through the coarsest slot as many times as required, it is time to use the other slots in the machine. Make sure that you go through each one of the remaining slots according to their level of coarseness. By the end of the process, you should be pulling the knife through the finest slot. Remember that you should pass the blade of the knife at least twice through each of the slots.
Step 6. Rinse and Dry the Knife’s Blade
After going through all the previous steps, you are ready to rinse and dry your newly-sharpened knife. The rinsing process has as its main goal to clean off all debris, including all remaining metal shavings.
Even though most electric knife sharpeners include inner magnets that help collect these shavings, a good rinse will ensure that your knife is perfectly clean before you put it away. This is very important as you do not want to accidentally ingest metal shavings with your food.
To rinse your knife, use cool running water. You can use tap water, and you may also use a small amount of detergent. After rinsing it, carefully dry the knife using a clean, dry cloth. Make sure the cloth does not release small pieces of fabric when you use it. After it has been cleaned, the knife should be sharp and ready to use.
Did you enjoy this tutorial on how to use an electric knife sharpener? As I already mentioned, learning how to use this great tool has saved me a lot of time and effort throughout the years. Hopefully, it will do the same for you. In order to get the best results possible, simply make sure to follow each step precisely and get enough practice. After a few tries, you will have the technique down, and you will be ready to begin sharpening your knives quickly and easily. Do you have any comments or questions? Do not refrain from sharing them in the comment section below! If you enjoyed this article, don’t hesitate to share it with your friends and family!