In our family, my husband has always been the knife sharpener. I’ve watched him sharpen knife after knife by hand over the 23 years that we’ve been married and recently I started thinking that there has to be a better way. He would spend hours working to get a razor sharp edge on his knives and I just couldn’t see the point. My thoughts were, why should something that seems so simple take so long?
When I asked him why it takes so long to get a really good edge on a knife he said, “The hardest part is keeping the angle of the knife the same with each stroke across the stone.” I tried it and I must say that I’m not really a fan of sharpening by hand with a wet stone.
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