How to Sharpen a Bread Knife

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Sharpening a bread knife is different than sharpening traditional knives because a bread knife is serrated. It has teeth. Bread knives get dull over time like any other knife. A lot of people just buy new bread knives, mainly because they don't know they can sharpen them. Instead of purchasing a new one and throwing out the dull one, you can learn how to sharpen your dull bread knife so it's like new again. Just follow these steps.

How to Sharpen a Bread Knife
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Things You'll Need

  • Dull bread knife
  • Sharpening stick
Step 1

Purchase a sharpening stick. Most knife sets will come with one, but some people buy their knives separately and will not have a sharpening stick. You can find some sharpening sticks at the website under the additional resources or anywhere that you purchase your knives.

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Step 2

Wash and dry both your knife and your sharpening stick. Starting with a dirty knife can make things hard to see.

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Step 3

Hold your knife in one hand, by the handle, with the teeth pointing outward to your other hand.

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Step 4

Hold your sharpening stick in the other hand by the handle.

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Step 5

Line your sharpening stick up with the first valley (the dip in between the points), closest to the handle of the knife.

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Step 6

Pull the sharpening stick down quickly a few times. Make sure that you are keeping the sharpening stick in the valley for each pass, only removing it to reset it at the bottom of the stick.

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Step 7

Move the sharpening stick to the next valley. Repeat step 6.

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Step 8

Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you have finished sharpening the last valley.

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Step 9

Switch hands, putting the knife in the opposite hand and the sharpening stick in the hand that previously held the knife. Make sure the teeth are facing your other hand.

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Step 10

Repeat steps 5 through 8, until you have finished the last tooth.

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Step 11

Wash the knife.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Always handle knives with extreme caution to avoid injury.

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