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How to Make Your Knife as Sharp as the Devil Himself
This article is written for those of you who are not satisfied with just having a sharp knife, and for those of you who would like to make your knife as sharp as the devil himself. There are many ways to sharpen a knife, and my method is just one of many, so before we begin, let me explain the pros and cons of this particular sharpening method.
The best thing about this method is that, if done properly, it can result in a ridiculously sharp knife. The worst thing about this method is that it takes quite awhile to do it correctly.
Also, I have found that this method is not very good for sharpening cheap knives. If your knife is some cheap piece of junk that you bought for 5 bucks, this method will sharpen it, but it will never attain the same sharpness that a good knife would. Therefore, this method would be impractical for sharpening cheap-ass knives because of how long it takes.
If you are trying to sharpen a low-quality knife, just go out and buy a sharpening device like the one pictured below:
To use these, you just run the edge into the V-shaped notch and pull back as shown:
The thing that separates low-quality knives from good-quality knives is mainly the quality of the steel. So, if you actually have a knife that is worth a damn, and you want it to be real good and sharp, and you are willing to put in some serious care to make it as sharp as possible, then you will need:
- Your knife
- A good sharpening stone
- A steel file
- A leather belt
- Some oil (water and other liquids can substitute, but oil is better)
- An understanding of what is written below
A word about the oil; as far as I know, any kind of oil can be used, or almost any kind of liquid. Obviously, don't try to use a liquid that leaves a sticky residue like Pepsi. I have used my own spit numerous times and it works well.
As for the part about understanding what is written below, here it is...you need to understand the difference between a rough edge (which is what your knife probably has now) and a razor edge (which is what we are going to put on it).
The biggest and most obvious difference between them is that a rough edge tapers twice, while a razor edge is one smooth taper. The drawing below illustrates the difference. It shows what the edges look like when you look at the knife point-on.