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How to Sharpen a Knife (VIDEO)

How to sharpen a knife is an important skill that every cook should know. Watch the quick video tutorial on how to sharpen knives, how to hold a knife and keep a safe work surface. Learning these basic knife skills will make prep work safer and more enjoyable.

Once you learn how to sharpen a knife, you’ll want to practice your knife skills and make Spatchcock Chicken or our popular Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad.

How to sharpen a knife with a honing steel

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How to Sharpen a Knife

You should have your knives professionally sharpened at least once a year and more often if you cook frequently. We use Shane’s Sharpening locally (in Boise Idaho).

Even a great knife will dull over time. Between professional sharpenings, use sharpening steel or “honing steel” at least weekly to keep the edge sharp and straight. You will be amazed at how much easier and faster it is to slice with a sharp knife.

The Best Cutting Boards:

We have used our Boos brand cutting board (chopping block) for years and they only get better with time. They are heavy and sturdy and with proper conditioning, will last a lifetime. We oil up our board using either coconut oil, olive oil or this board conditioner. The darker 24×18 “Walnut” board is our favorite. If you have limited counter space or smaller sink, consider the 20×15 block.

Cook’s Tip: Keep separate boards for fruits and veggies so your watermelon will never smell like onions.

Boos block best cutting board

The Knives I Recommend:

My most important kitchen tools are knives. We currently use this Wushoff Classic Ikon set. They are excellent and can last a lifetime with proper care.

We have experimented with various knife sets and this set by Zwilling J.A. Henckels is equally good – these are the knives my Mother used in culinary school. Most knife block sets are sold with a sharpening steel.

If you want to start out with just one knife, a chef’s knife is the most useful and versatile.

wusthoff knife on cutting board with oranges and lemons

Basic Knife Skills:

Watch the video tutorial to learn basic knife skills including:

  • How to Stabilize your Work Surface
  • How to sharpen a Knife
  • How to Hold a Knife
  • “The Claw” position to keep your fingers safe

Cooking Tutorials to “Sharpen” your Kitchen Skills:

 

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  • Serene Hofer
    May 24, 2020

    Love your blog! this was so helpful! thanks for sharing!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      May 24, 2020

      Thank you so much Serene. I hope you love every recipe that you try!

      Reply

  • Donna Pieron
    March 10, 2020

    My dad, a surgeon had to have sharp knives at home in the kitchen, so he was always sharpening them He was emphatic about washing the knife blade after sharpening to avoid any microscopic bits ending up on the steaks or roast. Please, please remind people to wash the blade after sharpening.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 10, 2020

      Thanks for the reminder, Donna. I’ll keep that in mind.

      Reply

  • Sylvia Casci
    March 5, 2020

    Hi Natasha
    I have always been afraid of cutting my hand while using a knife. Your video is really helpful. I will go practice now on some carrots. Thank you so much.
    Love Sylvia

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 5, 2020

      Thanks for watching Silvia. I hope you’ve learned something new today!

      Reply

  • Lapik Valentina
    January 15, 2020

    Natasha, you so cute & so beautiful! You definitely know what you doing!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 15, 2020

      Thank you for that wonderful compliment, Valentina!

      Reply

  • CHRIS COLLINS Collins
    January 13, 2020

    You are the best chef you explain everything it makes it very simple, Natasha have you a good recipe for Butter Chicken and lamb shanks kind regards

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 13, 2020

      I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed our blog and recipes. Thank you! Thank you for that suggestion! We do have this Lamb recipe here.

      Reply

  • James
    January 5, 2020

    It would be a good idea to move your thumb on the other side of the steel.By your fore finger. So if your knife goes back to far it will not cut the tendon in your thumb.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 6, 2020

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me, James!

      Reply

  • Bill Poplaski
    January 3, 2020

    Natasha, what you are doing is not sharpening a knife your straightening the edge. After a blade gets used the blade gets wavy and the steel makes it straight again. To sharpen a knive you have to use a stone. The steel just maintains the edge. I love you and your cooking. I can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 3, 2020

      Thank you so much for your feedback, Bill!

      Reply

  • Adriana
    November 23, 2019

    Thanks fo much for sharing!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      November 23, 2019

      You’re welcome, Adriana! I’m so glad you enjoyed that.

      Reply

      • Nydia Ramirez
        December 30, 2019

        Thanks for Sharing!
        Happy New Year!

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          December 30, 2019

          You’re welcome! Happy New Year!

          Reply

  • Scott
    August 12, 2019

    Oh, sorry… you are always right on, but not this time. The steel is used to ‘hone’ the knife, not sharpen it. You use a stone with oil, or have them professionally done.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 12, 2019

      Thank you for sharing that with me Scott.

      Reply

  • Elena Lobatsevich
    August 6, 2019

    Natasha, you need to clean up your knife after sharpening, because a lot of metal particles are still on the blade there.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 6, 2019

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • Beth Pierce
    August 1, 2019

    These are great tips! I usually take my knives in to the store for sharpening, but I think I will do this for myself from now on!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 1, 2019

      Thank you so much for sharing that with me.

      Reply

  • julie
    August 1, 2019

    A sharp knife is always important to have in the kitchen! Thanks for sharing.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 1, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Trang
    August 1, 2019

    I totally agree that knife skills are essential to cooking and I am so glad that you posted about this!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 1, 2019

      I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • Kristyn
    August 1, 2019

    Great information to know for sure!! Thanks for sharing! I need to know how to do it right!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 1, 2019

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it.

      Reply

  • Brian F
    July 31, 2019

    Is there anyone more skilled than you and your cameraman? I think not! Thank you for sharing your talent.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 1, 2019

      You’re so nice! Thank you Brian!!

      Reply

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