Staying Sharp

Between Sharpenings

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.

Steel Honing

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.

Should You Do Your Own Sharpening?

Some people prefer to sharpen their own knives and tools with a sharpening stone or inexpensive electric sharpener. Sharpening stones work well on dull blades but only when performed by a trained and experienced professional. A disadvantage of inexpensive electric sharpeners is that they typically operate at high RPMs and are often too aggressive in removing metal material from the knife or tool. They also generate too much heat, which can ruin the temper of a blade. Once the temper has been lost, the edge can never again be maintained in a sharp state.


We recommend simply returning your dull blades to Cutlass for professional sharpening and restoration. We can protect your investment and enhance the enjoyment of your edge tools. Order Sharpening Now