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How To Sharpen A Knife When You Don't Have A Sharpener: 5 Simple DIY Methods That Can Come In Handy

Date December 5, 2019 15:09

A knife sharpener is usually an important utensil to have with you in the kitchen, or perhaps when you're going camping. Working with a blunt knife is not advisable.

Apart from the fact that it's uncomfortable and frustrating, using a blunt knife can also be really dangerous. You may use more force than required just to get it to work and can even cut yourself in the process. So, make things safer and easier on yourself by ensuring your knives are always sharp.

There are a few different items that can come in handy if you don't have a knife sharpener around and this is what we'll explore now.

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No knife sharpeners? Use these instead

To learn how to sharpen the blade of a knife, you have to be willing to get creative. Here are a few ideas:

1. Car window

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Let's say you're out camping or you have access to your car, the glass on the window can make a good sharpener. All you need to do is to place your knife on the top uncut edge of the glass and adjust the blade so it's angled towards that edge. Pass the knife through the glass three times ensuring you run the entire length of the blade through it. Turn to the other side of the knife and do the same. Keep going until your knife is sharp.

2. Ceramic mug or plate

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Place the mug upside down and you'll notice there is a portion in the underside that is uncoated. Run the sharp edge of your knife through this side over and over a few times.

3. A nail file

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These can make excellent improvised knife sharpeners. Place it on a nice flat surface and run your knife through it until it's sharp enough.

4. Another knife

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If you happen to have two knives, then you can get going with this method. Hold the one that's serving as the sharpener steady on one hand. Then take the duller one and slide it through the spine of the steady one to sharpen it.

5. A river rock

Again, this is useful when you're in the outdoors. You can find a river rock and glide the blade of your knife through it to sharpen it.

You can find a visual of these methods in the video:

Keeping your knife sharp

To prevent needing to run to your knife sharpeners quite so often, keep these tips in mind to ensure your knife stays sharp for as long as possible.

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According to Sharpeningsupplies, make sure you use the right cutting board, clean your knives and store them properly. Avoid leaving them in a drawer where they can get banged up and dulled.

A sharp knife leads to a comfortable kitchen process. And as you can see, these DIY knife sharpening hacks will only require you to get a little creative with what you do have around. Have you tried any of these methods before? Which one worked well for you?

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