Someone asked me recently how I sharpen my knives. That’s hard for me to answer because I keep my knives sharp without sharpening them.
Sure, I could tell you about my technique with a sharpening stone. I typically use an Arkansas Stone Set like this one.
The thing is I don’t have to sharpen often. If you do it right and don’t abuse your knife afterward, the edge is fine. The edge itself isn’t usually the problem.
The problem is a lot simpler. The edge is rolling one way or the other. This has the same effect as having a bad edge – the knife doesn’t cut.
Fixing an edge you’ve rolled edge is a lot simpler than sharpening. When you sharpen an edge that is already properly shaped, you compound the problem. If your edge has a proper shape, just do this instead.
How To Keep A Knife Sharp Without Sharpening
You can find links to everything in the video below. This method is free if you already have the materials. If you want exactly what I use, see below.
The Belt – Duluth Trading Co. Beefy Leather Belt (Not an Affiliate Link)
The Blade – Svord Farmer’s Knife (Affiliate Link)
Keeping a knife sharp with this method is easy. Just strop it on the belt a few times in either direction.
Important to note that you should not move the edge towards you, as you would with a sharpening stone. You move the edge away from you.
Very little pressure is necessary to get a knife back sharp. I don’t apply any pressure, I let the weight of the blade do the work.
Some folks like to do the same thing with a honing steel. I prefer to use the belt method. That’s my perspective, and that’s the only perspective I can share.
If you try this method, let me know how it worked out for you. If you have a suggestion for how I could do better, share it with me in the comments below.