How to Hone Knife With Steel ?
There are many teniques using which you can give your dull knife a good hone with a steel.
But here is some facts we want to let you know before hoping into the process of honing. Sharpening a knife and honing a knife is absolutely not similar.
When you take a steel to knife that means you are realigning a blade. More precisely realigning includes bending of a blade to each side of a knife it is more like you are straightening and truing your knife not sharpening. You are just simply steeling your knife.
Now what sharpening a knife means? It means the removal of the metal from a knife. When you sharpening all you have to focus is on making the primary edge of the knife thinner. Always keep in mind that as much as the edge gets thinner the more sharper your knife is.
How To Angle and Hone a Knife Perfectly?
To perfectly hone your blade on a rod depends much on how you are angling the knife. The knife can be simple scratched if it is not being angled in a proper way. Hold the knife in a high position and stroke it if your knife is being placed flat to the steel. Doing this the blade of the knife will be deformed.
You can hone your steel of knife with the use of cutting board or a dish towel. Stand the blade you want to hone on a kitchen counter in such a position that the blade is perpendicular to the kitchen counter.
Now remember never hold the knife and place it in a position that is too low to the blade then doing this you will get nothing but leave your primary grind of knife scratched.
So it is very important to place your angle in a correct way. Make sure you do not apply hard pressure on the edge of the blade while realigning. Giving way too pressure on the edge of the blade make it rolls up the other side. So that is the reason why you should not pressurize much. Just pay attention to the way you are angling. The correct and smooth angling will make the blade of the knife realigned.
Hardness of Steel & Knives
There is a fact most of us seem not to consider and that is Rockwell hardness. Many of us do not even know what Rockwell hardness is. So Rockwell harness is like a virtue belongs to the steel of a knife. More precisely the toughness of the steel or the blade of the knife it deals with.
The standard amount of Rockwell hardness of a average stainless steel knife is between 56 to 59. Maximum common steels intends to have between 57 and 62-63 Rockwell hardness. But many people do not care much about that and intend to buy fancy knifes such with high steel which do not have the standard Rockwell hardness.
So before go for buying a knife it is necessary to know what type of knife and also the kind of steel you actually need.
How Often A Knife Needs To Hone?
It is totally up to you how many times you want to hone you knives. There is no specific time schedule for honing knives. You can do it often if you want. If your knives do not have the sharpness it has then that time you should give the blades of your knives a thinner edge. The honing can be done multiple times if you feel the sharpness of the blades is fading while chopping or cutting. If you are not a professional cook and using kitchen knives for home cooks then hone them once every six months that would be enough. For professional purpose and cooking knives need to be honed on a weekly ritual. Always try to keep the knives neat. No matter what type of knife you are using always pay attention to its cleanness. Make sure that your knives do not have metal residue. To keep your knives free from metal scum you can wipe the steel with using a damp towel.
How to Measure The Length of Steel?
One of the most important fact is the length of steel no matter what kind of steel you are purchasing. The more long in size the steel the more you need to pull the knife along. For pairing or any small knife similar to this does not need this type of consideration. When the steel is long in size such as slicers or chef’s knives then the length of steel is an important criteria to consider.
According to the rule of thumb it is advisable to have a length of minimum 12 inches without considering the handle part of the steel. Vertical honing methods can be done well with a 12 inches length of steel. For most common use 12 inches are suitable. The work surface may can be hit by the knife so stay careful.