Yesterday my oldest daughter made it clear to me that she wanted me to cut up a watermelon we had bought. I figured this out after hearing her sharpen a rather large knife.
Knife sharpening is not a skill I have taught my children. I’m not sure that it is a good thing for my 11 year old to have taken this on herself. But it made me realize that I honestly do not know the proper technique when it comes to keeping my knives sharp. The block they came with includes a long, metal sharpener (which I just learned is called a steel), but my use of it has been haphazard at best.
It is one thing to read how to properly sharpen a knife, and another to see it in action. So for this lesson, I turned to the Internet. As you can imagine, I found a video that showed me exactly what I need to do. It also shows how to tell if your knives are sharp enough or have dull blades. This was something I had never considered beyond my rubbing my finger ever-so-carefully along a knife’s edge. I also found out that even sharp knives can act dull if not properly sharpened.
After watching the above video, I realized that I have been sharpening knives wrong. I’ve been holding the knives upside down with the blades pointed up, not down the way the man in the video showed. Looks like I have a new project – to go sharpen all my kitchen knives!