Contrary to common belief, a sharp knife is much safer than a dull knife. You have to exert more pressure when using a dull knife, and this may cause you to cut or otherwise injure yourself. Using honing oil on your sharpening stone is important, because it fills the pores of the stone, protecting them from harmful grit that occurs during the sharpening process, according to the Corner Hardware website.
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Things you need
- Sharpening stone
- Honing oil
- Dry cloth
Avoid using oils other than honing oils for sharpening your knife. Vegetable oils are too thick and will render a sharpening stone unusable.
Apply only a thin layer of oil to your stone. Just a small stream of oil should be sufficient to sharpen one knife, according to the Hall's Pro Edge website.
Spread the oil on the stone with a soft cloth.
Use additional honing oil if you are sharpening several knives at one time, but don't overdo it: It is better to have too little than too much, and you can always add another drop or two, as needed.
Clean your stone after the sharpening process is complete. Just add more oil to the stone and rub in a circular motion, until all the grit is loosened and removed.
Rinse the stone under a faucet and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth.
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