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How often do you need to sharpen your blades? The answer depends on frequency of use and material you are cutting. Commercial applications may require weekly sharpenings while home users may only need sharpening a few times a year. You can extend the time between sharpenings by using your blades properly, storing them correctly, and honing them with a steel tool.
Fine sharpening steels or smooth ceramic honing rods keep your knife sharp through honing. They are ineffective, however, once your knife becomes dull and needs grinding to restore its edge. Be careful not to overuse your honing tool, as this will dull your knife sooner. Instead, give your blade a few light strokes at a consistent angle, greater than the bevel angle. This consistency is essential to preserving knife sharpness. There’s no need for speed when you hone your blades. It’s more important to be accurate. A light touch is better than applying heavy pressure.
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