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manjya Tutorial: Honing a Knife

manjya tutorial honing a knife

Did you know that honing a knife is not the same as sharpening a knife?

When a knife becomes dull, the sharp edge has been lost.  The material of the cutting edge has been misaligned, and the knife won’t cut properly.  Honing is the process of realigning the material in the edge of the knife, creating a sharp edge again.

Every time you use your knife, the material that the knife is made of gets out of place slightly, making your knife seem dull.  Therefore, to keep the sharp edge, we recommend honing before every use.

Using a honing steel pushes the edge of the knife back to the centre of the cutting edge and straightens it so all of the knife’s material are aligned to create a sharp edge.

Sharpening a knife on the other hand, is the process when little bits of the knife material are ground or shaved off to create a new cutting edge.  This only needs to be done a couple of times per year, the rest of the time honing is the better option.

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The manjya Team

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