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How should you take care of your knives? Can you adequately sharpen them at home or should you leave it to the pros? What’s the difference between honing and sharpening? Here’s our advice!

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READER QUESTION: Are there any good knife sharpeners for home use, or should I take my knives to a professional for sharpening?

Great question! To start, let’s quickly recap on knife care terminology.

  • Sharpening a knife shaves off a bit of metal to bring back the knife’s sharp edge. If you’re a frequent home cook and use your knives at least once a day, you should sharpen your knives 2 to 3 times a year.
  • Honing a knife with a honing steel realigns the…

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