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How to sharpen a dual double sided blade knife with a Whet stone?

Using a whet stone is the best way to sharpen a knife. There are a lot of methods and devices available for sharpening a knife but most of them grind away too much of your knife blade. Whetstone usage is not hard and requires a bit of practice, but once you get a practice of it, you will be able to keep knives razor-sharp knife while saving money and time.

How to Sharpen a Knife with a Whetstone

What you will need?

To start with, get a two-sided whet stone, with a coarse grit on one side and fine grit on the other side. Various knives require the edge of the knife to be applied to the stone at various angles depending on the manufacturing specifications. Generally it is around 22 degrees.

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Here are the 6 Steps to sharpen your knife with a whetstone:

  • Place the whet stone on a cutting board or countertop, keeping the coarse grit face up. Place a wet paper towel below the stone to keep it from sliding.

  • With one hand, hold the knife by the handle and hold the edge of the knife against the stone, point first, with the cutting edge meeting the stone at 22 degree angle. Stabilize fhe blade with your other hand.

  • Slide the blade forward and across the whet stone with moderate pressure,to cover the full length of the blade and keep the blade flush against the stone at 22 degree angle.

  • Repeat this 10 times, then flip the knife over and give the other side of the blade 10 strokes on the whetstone.

  • Flip the whet stone over to the fine grit side and give each side of the blade 10 strokes

  • Complete the process by using a sharpening Steel to hone the blade, then rinse the blade and wipe it dry to remove any metal particles.

Instructions While sharpening knife with a Whet Stone

Instructions While sharpening knife with a Whet Stone

  • keep the stone submerged in water for about 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Continue applying water while sharpening. The stone releases small particles during the process, this powder along with water allows the sharpening.

  • Place the stone on a slip resistant base such as wet towel. Start using the coarse grit of the stone.

  • Start moving the blade back and forth at an angle of 10 to 15 degree a using gentle pressure.

  • Flip the whet stone over to the fine grit side and give each side of the blade 10 strokes

  • Begin at the tip of the blade then with the middle section, and finish at the end of the blade. After a while you will see a smaller burr at the edge.

  • Repeat the same steps on the next side of the blade .Lastly turn the stone over and repeat the process this time using fine grit of the stone.

  • For removing the remaining burr, pull the blade at an angle over the stone. Now you will have got the best sharpness.

  • Rinse the stone and clean of the grinding residue. Clean your knife with hot water.

Should you use oil or water?

The choice of whether to use water or oil depends on the type of Stone. For waterstones, you should use only oil and water stones

However on oil stones soapy water can be used interchangeably. When you wet the stone, it prevents the clogging of the stone there by guaranteeing a smooth sharpening experience.

Should you use oil or water for whet stone

Instructions While sharpening knife with a Whet Stone

Sharpening stones are some of the most widely used fillet knife sharpeners in kitchens. It is easy to use and can be used on a variety of blades and other cutting edges like scissors, razors, hand scrapers and plane blades .

They come in different grades, material compositions, shapes and sizes. This is the reason why you should know what to look for when shopping for these knife sharpeners.

things to consider while purchasing sharpening stone

Versatility: When you look for the best stone sharpener, you should ensure that the stone of preference is versatile. This sharpener you can use with different blades and with another cutting equipment.

Avoid a stone that is limited to only one or two type of stones. This type of stone would be a waste since you need to invest in other sharpener for the other blades . The goal is to have an all round stone sharpener which you can use on all your kitchen knives and blades.

Grit:You need to opt for a stone sharpener with at least two grit levels. The stone should have a coarse grit and fine grit. Coarse grit form the basis of sharpening and the fine grit polish and finish the blade.

With two or more grit you are able to strop your knife according to your preferences. Stones having one grit-level have limited functionality.

Size:The size of the sharpening stone is determined by the blade length. 6 ” stones are small while 8″ stones are large and 8 ” to 10″ stones are referred as generously sized sharpeners.

Stones smaller than 6 ” are quite common due to their compact sizes that make it easy for them to carry around and fit in a pocket. Longer stones make sharpening effortless and easy.

Budget:You need a stone sharpener that is within a price range that is affordable for you. Prepare a budget that guides you on the amount of money you are able to spend on these sharpeners. The quality of the sharpener is directly proportional to its cost.

So if you limit your search to only cheap stone sharpeners, you may end up with the low quality sharpener. Better to shop for reasonably priced sharpness as they are usually affordable and are of best quality. This gives you value for your money.

Ease of use:Stone sharpeners are easy to use as they do not require any Complex handling or mode of operation. So whichever type of stone you settle for, there are very high chances that it will be easy to use.

Water v/s Wet Stone

There is a thing such as a water stone, which is designed to work under running water, a whet stone should be kept dry. Don’t get confused with the name.

Using water or Oil on a whet stone, traps tiny metal particles in the liquid, which produces a more ragged edge then when using a dry stone.

Difference between a whet stone and a water stone is that water stone is a Natural stone, often Japanese owing to geological features, unique to that part of the earth. Wetting this stone causes it to dissolve producing gritty mud that drains away Steel.

Whet stone is a different kind of stone, sometimes synthetic, sometimes it is natural. Some whet stones are ok to wet but others are not.

For example soaking a synthetic whetstone can shorten its lifespan. Consult the instructions provided by the stone manufacturer before doing anything which you are not certain about.

These Japanese softer stones have many advantages over harder stones. As they are soft, they do not become glazed or loaded with the detritus . They are effectively lubricated with water rather than oil but can be used with both.

Features :

  • Two sided rectangular stone block.

  • Side A (dark green) – 400 grit for grinding, to let the edges return to their original shape.

  • Side B (light green) – 1000 grit for fine finishing ,smoothing and polishing cutting edges.

  • Along with these stones the worn material and the water form a slurry, which with the stone, sharpens and polishes the blade.

  • Overall dimensions 7 x 2.25 x 1.125 inches.

whetstone feature

Some Whet Stone Maintenance tips

If you want that your whetstone last longer, then you need to use it as recommend and provide it the best care and maintenance.

For the stone to be in perfect sharpening condition all the time you need to be careful of the blades you sharpen on the stone. Do not sharp extremely crude tools that may damage the stone.

Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines on the type of blades you could use on the sharpener.

whetstone features

Another thing you need to do is sharpen blades at the correct angles. If the angles are too steep, it will not only damage the sharpener but also the blade. Most kitchen blades are sharpened with the 15 to 25 degrees range.

There may be an exception to this sharpening angle depending on the type of blade you are sharpening.

Maintaining Whetstones is the other aspect worth noting, you should always level the stone in a secure and fixed position. This makes it easy to sharpen the blade while ensuring that stone is not damaged due to movements and sharpening.

It also reduces wear and tear in the stone. Flip the stone from one end to the other before use. This helps in guaranteeing that the stone does not wear out from one side instead it should wear out evenly on all sides. Wash and dry the stone after every use.