How to Sharpen a Kitchen Knife With Steel

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Sharpening a kitchen knife with steel is done by holding the sharpener tightly in one hand and running the knife over the surface about 10 times on each side. Wipe the blade clean using a kitchen towel with instructions from an experienced chef in this free video on cooking.

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A knife in the kitchen is the number one tool. A sharp knife is your friend. A dull knife is your enemy. I'm Jawara the chef, and I will show you how to sharpen your knife. How do you know when your knife is not sharp? Well, when you can't cut something with it. Get a firm grip on your handle of your steel. Some amateurs or something, they might start off like this here, and go that way, go that way, or that way, that way, that's alright. But the professionals get a firm grip, just go right here, right there, and that's what the little safety cord right there here on the bottom is for. You probably do that about ten times on each side. But be careful. After you finish sharpening your knife, you want to take a kitchen towel, and wipe your knife, because you don't want to leave no particles or nothing on there when you sharpen your knife. Now I use now, you know, you got the ones, now they come in all stainless steel. But every now and then you might come up with one of these here. Now this is real steel. They might have like a little rust looking stuff like on there, you don't have to worry about that. You probably got one of these lying around somewhere, in your house, in your garage, cleaning something where you shouldn't, but this here will take a better sharp edge. I'm Jawara the chef, and that's how you sharpen your knife. That's what I'm talking about.

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