Here we look at what a sharpening stone is, its features and other aspects that can help a user to identify it when buying such an accessory from a departmental or hardware store. We then look at the different ways the sharpening stone can be used for making blunt knives and scissors sharp and useful again.
- What are Sharpening Stones and What are Their Features
These are tools that can help one to hone or sharpen edges of blades like that on knives or scissors as well as other tools.
Features of sharpening stone are as follows:
- They are also denoted by terms like ‘water stones’, ‘oil stones’ or ‘whetstones’. These can be used for different purposes and come of different shapes, sizes as well as materials. The abrasive property also varies in them as per their intended usage.
- The grit particles that are included on a sharpening stone determine the level of abrasiveness. The coarse stones have low grit number and large particles; fine stones, on the other hand, have high grit number and made of smaller particles.
- Grit number refers to particles included per square centimeter. The particles in the coarse stones are larger while in finer stones they are smaller and hence are more in every square centimeter.
- Choose the Right Stone
The right kind of stone should be chosen which refers to the level of coarseness. If you are simply purchasing a sharpening stone for sharpening knives it does not have to be of the coarsest kind. For professional sharpening of knives, they need to go through three levels but that need not be followed strictly when you are simply trying to keep the usability of your kitchen knives.
In case the blade of the knife is damaged or chipped you can start with a coarse stone. This will help to grind and smoothen the jagged edges and bring it back to a usable form. In case the blade of a knife is uniform but lost its sharpness you can simply hone it on a fine stone.
- Setting up a Sharpening Stone
There are steps that you can follow for getting blunt edges of different tools sharpened with this helpful item. Setting up the stone is the first step. One should use a level work surface to set the stone; preferably on a piece of cloth or a non-slipping mat. This will ensure that the stone does not move or gets displaced easily when you are using it. There is also the option to set it up on a vice.
- Preparing the Stone
Before using a stone soak it in water, especially if it is a water stone. This should be done for a time period of 5 to 8 minutes. Oil stones need to be lubricated with cutting oil. Diamond stones, on the other hand, should be simply sprayed with water and not oiled.
- Sharpening your Tools
In order to sharpen right, when rubbing edge of a knife against a sharpening stone, apply constant pressure. The edges should be held at 20 or 25-degree angle and rubbed backward continuously, turning over the edge as well.