Understanding Knife Sharpening The assumption that a sharp knife is more dangerous than a dull knife is a wrong assumption. On the contrary, it is much safe to handle a sharp knife because it is very predictable when you are cutting something, and the chances that it will slip towards your fingers is lessened, unlike with a dull knife. Aside from that, sharp knives cut well compared to their dull counterpart. With a sharp knife, you don’t use great force to get through food so that you don’t exert much effort in your work. it also means, that you are cutting them instead of ripping them apart, which means that it is even more substantive to delicate greens and herbs. Steeling and stropping are misunderstood subjects when one talks about sharpening knives. These things are taken for granted by many people since they will serve the same purpose ultimately. While they serve the same purpose, the process is entirely different. Rubbing your knife energetically against a grooved butcher’s steel for many is already sharpening your knife, which is completely absurd. but to be able to come up with a greater sense out of this, we have to first determine what that part in the knife needs to be processed in order to sharpen it. When you are working with the steel, your intention is not actually to sharpen it but simply to thin out the metal part found at the actual cutting edge throughout the entire blade of the knife. You knife will usually have deformed edges due to dents and metal flakes that have been peeled off because of constant use, and so what we are doing when we thin is to realigned these deformed edges to make one smoothened edge. Stropping on the other hand has the same intent but done to refine the edge on the micro level. In this the edge is dragged backwards, not a pushed forwardstroke in the case of steeling.
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Also, contrary to the popular belief that knife edge does get dull because it losses some metal due to the constant rubbing across on the surface of a medium and thus losing some atom in the process, that wear happens too, but it is something that has a very minimal effect. The actual dulling of the knife occurs on a micro level where the thin edge easily chips off and it is not because of being subjected to the significant amount of pressure that is applied when cutting, but it is actually the tendency of our hands to wobble left and right when we are cutting food that makes the very thin metal to chip, bend, and fold.The Essential Laws of Utensils Explained