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Old 05-04-2009, 05:25 PM   #1
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Serrated Knives

Can I use a steel to sharpen serrated knives??

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Old 05-04-2009, 05:29 PM   #2
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steels don't sharpen; they hone.
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Old 05-04-2009, 05:35 PM   #3
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Then should I hone a serrated knife?
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you need to sharpen before honing if it's dull. yes, you can hone, though.
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If your serrated knife edge looks like this:VVVVVVVVVVV, The sharpening or honing needs to be done in the "V" between the points, as well as to keep the points pointy. A steel applied to the back side of the edge may help a little.
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:17 PM   #6
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I guess I've never really understood the difference. I have one knife that I use 99% of the time and when it feels dull, I hone it. When honed, it's behaves pretty much as I want it to. It's a Henckels knife. Should I sharpen it as well? If so, how is it done and with what? Thanks for your help!
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:19 PM   #7
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Well (hi Laury) I am obviously NOT in the know on this, either. Could someone enlighten us, or send us to a website that will? Thanks!
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Old 05-04-2009, 07:30 PM   #8
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Truth be told (hola mi amiga Karen!) I'm a little afraid of "too sharp' knives. Maybe that's why I haven't really learned about this. A little dullness is probably a good idea for me! Besides, anytime i cook with someone else's knives - they are REALLY dull, so I feel like mine are just right.
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sharper knives, they're much safer!
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When we took a little trip a few months ago, the guy who house-sat for us also sharpened all of my knives while we were gone. Problem is, he didn't tell me! Quite a surprise the first time I used my chef's knife. I agree - sharp knives are probably safer, but how do I keep them that way? I have a sharpener that came with my set of knives, but Don's sharpening job was much much more effective.
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