How to Sharpen Kershaw Knives

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Kershaw Knives is a company based in Lake Oswego, Ore., that produces a line of kitchen cutlery products. Their best-known product is probably the Shun knife, which the company claims to be one of the sharpest knives on the market. To ensure the long life of a Kershaw knife and to operate one safely, proper maintenance is required, including regular sharpening. Here are the steps to follow when sharpening a Kershaw knife by hand.

Things You'll Need

  • Kershaw knife Sharpening steel
  • If you are right-handed, grasp the tip of the sharpening steel by the handle with your left hand. Secure the tip of the steel firmly against the top of the kitchen counter.

  • Pick up the handle of the knife to be sharpened with your right hand. Place the blade of the knife against the top of the sharpening steel, being sure to hold it at a 20-degree angle to the steel.

  • Slide the knife down and across the sharpening steel while applying light force. The movement should be a slight arc, and your starting position should be at the base of the knife blade.

  • Turn the blade over to the other side. Repeat steps one through three.

  • Continue sharpening each side until six or seven repetitions have been performed.

Tips & Warnings

  • An electric sharpening steel is available from Kershaw by visiting http://www.kershawknives.com/faq.php?brand=shun. If you do not wish to perform the sharpening yourself, the company will do it for free. You will need to send the knives to the corporate headquarters at the address listed on the same web page.
  • Use extreme caution when sharpening your knives as the blades are extremely sharp.

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