Many people sharpen their knives at home, but there's real value in having a professional handle that job for you. When you choose professional knife sharpening, you get the quality and value you're looking for, along with knives that stay sharper longer, and end up lasting for years. Here's what to know about having the right knife sharpening professional to help keep your kitchen's most important tools in good working order.
Is Sharpening the Same as Honing?
Honing, which is what most people do when they use a knife steel at home, isn't really making your knife sharper. Instead, it's smoothing out tiny little burrs and imperfections, along with straightening out the edge. It can make your knife cut more easily, and extend the time between sharpenings, so it's definitely not a bad practice. But it's not the same thing as actually removing metal to sharpen the edge, which is something that's best left to the pros.
What About Doing Your Own Sharpening?
Some people do sharpen their own knives, and they can get good results if they have patience, a trained eye, and the right tools. Unless you want to invest in all that, though, it's much faster, easier, and more precise to take your knives to the professionals. That will help ensure you get a sharp edge, and if there are any repairs to be done those can be handled at the same time, as well.
Pros take a look at the bevel (angle) of your knife's edge, and can make sure they recreate it properly when they sharpen the knife for you. That keeps your knife working the way you're used to. Additionally, the pros will make sure they don't remove any more metal than necessary when they sharpen a knife for you, so your knife will last as long as possible.
If you use your knives a lot they may need to be sharpened every few months, but six months to a year is more standard for moderate use.
If you are looking for effortless and dependable professional knife sharpening that never leaves you empty handed, contact us today!
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