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Titled "Aluminum Foil", we have a great post about sharpening scissors.   Let's compare methods of sharpening knives , I use an old metal (aluminum??) strop rod.  It's fast and wo
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Sharpening Knives

posted at 1/9/2011 5:23 PM EST
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Titled "Aluminum Foil", we have a great post about sharpening scissors.   Let's compare methods of sharpening knives,
I use an old metal (aluminum??) strop rod.  It's fast and works like a charm.

Re: Sharpening Knives

posted at 1/9/2011 8:12 PM EST
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 Hi Nancy,My daddy was a master butcher and I learned the importance of a shape knife and how to handle one.A dull knife is very dangerous.so much pressure is needed to cut something and God forbid that your finger or hand is in the way.I use a sharpening stone and a steel to sharpen my knifes and I read some where in a pinch you can use the bottom edge of a ceramic flower pot where there is no glaze to sharpen a dull knife,they do sell ceramic knife sharpeners and they do a good job.The strop rod that you use I wonder if that is what I call a butchers steel?Thanks Nancy this is a great post,knives are one of the most important tools in the kitchen.

Re: Sharpening Knives

posted at 1/9/2011 10:07 PM EST
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aaaahhhhhh "Butchers Steel" sounds like a good name or description for that thing.  I sure love it.

I have a big machine for sharpening wood carving knives .... it's such a  big, powerful thing with various compounds to use on the wheels.  I can't imagine using a kitchen knife on it.  And I sure would not try to sharpen a carving knife on the buthers steel.

Re: Sharpening Knives

posted at 1/10/2011 3:56 AM EST
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In Response to Re: Sharpening Knives:
aaaahhhhhh "Butchers Steel" sounds like a good name or description for that thing.  I sure love it. I have a  big machine for sharpening wood carving knives .... it's such a  big, powerful thing with various compounds to use on the wheels.  I can't imagine using a kitchen knife on it.  And I sure would not try to sharpen a carving knife on the butchers steel.
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I've seen some of the knifes he used at work and the blades were so worn down from the constant sharpening,the width of the blade was half the size of one of the new ones.Nancy he would hold the steel in one hand and sharpen that blade so fast,you would think he would cut himself.I do hope you can go back to wood carving again,you are so very talented.I used to make dream catchers,four sided dream catchers.I made several for friends that were hunters,using turkey feathers from some of the turkeys they had gotten while hunting.My fingers don't work well enough for that anymore,very frustrating.

Re: Sharpening Knives

posted at 1/10/2011 5:15 AM EST
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I read that cutting through aluminum foil was a way to sharpen scissors and knives.

Re: Sharpening Knivest

posted at 1/10/2011 7:19 AM EST
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Hmm interesting will have to try the aluminum foil. Some of my knives are rather dull. And I have some from Wolfgang Puck that are dull. Got his pots and pans set came with knives, was not cheap and I do not like them. Know better next time. I used to have some great knives from Germany but years ago when my sons were young they took the knives out in the yard and chopped bushes. I was not too happy. And years later found out how much they were in the states and almost passed out, lol. What pots and pans do you all prefer? Any preferences?

Re: Sharpening Knives

posted at 1/10/2011 7:26 AM EST
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I guess that I am lucky because one of our local grocery stores will sharpen the knives in their meat dept.for free while you shop. Happy to have them do it!

Re: Sharpening Knives

posted at 1/10/2011 7:53 AM EST
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I have this knife sharpening that you slide the knife in and it is sharping.

Re: Sharpening Knives

posted at 1/10/2011 8:43 AM EST
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Hi Sharon .... I used to have the entire set of La Cruset (sp?) but they were very uncomfortable for me - just too heavy.
I bought a set of semi-expensive pans - can't remember the name.
Now I buy cheap stuff at WalMart and use it happily.

Re: Sharpening Knives

posted at 1/10/2011 8:58 AM EST
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I have a strap rod, a big old expensive electric sharpener and a sit on the counter hand held that you pull the blades through. I use the last one the most!!!

Re: Sharpening Knives

posted at 1/10/2011 9:25 AM EST
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I have a electric sharpner sits on the counter and it has slots that you pull the blades through

Re: Sharpening Knives

posted at 1/10/2011 10:15 AM EST
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I need one of these electric sharpeners, they sound so great!

Re: Sharpening Knives

posted at 1/10/2011 7:35 PM EST
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I have some expensive knives that I don't like at all.My brother bought some very cheap knives from an oriental import store the brand name is KIWI and they are from thailand.They are the sharpest knives I've ever used and I keep them sharp with a very inexpensive ceramic knife sharpener.The knives were $2.50 to $6.00 for a clever.

Re: Sharpening Knives

posted at 3/3/2011 8:19 AM EST
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My husband has used a metal sharpening rod.

Re: Sharpening Knives

posted at 3/10/2011 5:23 AM EST
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My daughter gave me a set of Paula Deen knives and in that set it had a rod for sharpening the knives.

Re: Sharpening Knives

posted at 3/10/2011 7:59 AM EST
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Mary Jo -- is the sharpening rod ceramic or steel?  I think a rod is one of the best tools in the kitchen.

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