Can you sharpen an engraved chefs knife the same way you would hone any other piece of fine cutlery? And how can you ensure your knife stays razor-sharp as long as possible?
Every chef knows the importance of keeping the edge of their favorite knives sharp. No one wants a dull blade when it's time to whip up a gourmet meal.
It's important to keep your blade sharp, especially when cutting into thick or tough foods, because a dull blade can be dangerous. A dull blade forces you to put more pressure into a cutting motion. As a result, the knife edge can slip and cause a serious injury – and that can really put a damper on your dinner party!
Honing an Engraved Chefs Knife
It’s a common misconception that a knife honing steel is what you use to sharpen a knife. But, although these tools won’t put an edge on a dull knife, they’re handy for fine-honing your engraved chefs knife before slicing up meats and vegetables in the kitchen – and it won’t cause any harm to the engraving on the blade.
To safely use a honing steel, take hold of the handle in a reverse grip with the tip pointing down. Now, rest the tip of the steel on the counter or a non-slip cutting board. This way, you can hone your blade without flailing it around in the air and reduce the chance of an injury. Holding your knife at a slight angle, run the blade along the steel from heel to tip. Repeat six to eight times on each side of the blade.
For a visual demonstration of this technique, check out this handy tutorial for honing a chef’s knife.
Sharpening the Edge of an Engraved Chefs Knife
Whenever your engraved knife starts to dull or gets a little nick in the blade, it's time to restore its edge so you can easily – and safely – chop, slice, and mince.
For this task, you'll need a good knife sharpener, whether it's an electric or manual sharpener or a whetstone, (a favorite of most pro chefs). Take your time to carefully work out any nicks and restore the blade’s edge using smooth, even strokes. Note that you’ll only be running the blade’s edge across the sharpening stone, so you don’t have to worry about damaging the custom diamond engraving on the blade.
Depending on the brand of your engraved chef knife (Henckels, Victorinox), you can also visit the manufacturer’s website for sharpening tips and tutorials.
Once you’re done, you’ll want to test the sharpness of the edge, potentially by using such risky methods as shaving the hair off your arm or touching the edge of the blade with your thumb. The safer method for checking your sharpening skills is the paper test. Hold a sheet of paper and draw the blade down the middle.
A sharp blade will slice right through without the paper crumpling and that means your blade is ready for slicing and dicing!
Keeping the Edge on Your Engraved Knives
Once you have given your engraved blade a polished edge, keeping it sharp will reduce the wear and tear on your knife and help you avoid accidents.
Using the right cutting board will improve your knife’s ability to hold a sharp edge. Wooden and plastic cutting boards are preferable for this purpose. Butcher block boards are probably the best choice, because the fibers of the wood allow the blade to slide easily along the surface without a lot of friction. Marble or other hard cutting boards may be beautiful, but the hard surface will quickly wear down the edge of your knife and reduce the life of your blade.
Check out the amazing selection of fine cutlery offered by Knives Engraved. Every knife and knife set we offer includes free personalization.
This permanent diamond engraving will endure for the life of the knife, reminding your recipient of your generous gift each time the prepare a meal. Contact us today with any questions, or if you would like to place an order for one of our exceptional quality engraved chefs knives.