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Kitchen Knife Sharpening: Five Good Reasons NOT to Sharpen Your Own.

Updated: Jan 30, 2020

Just because you’re proud of the prowess of your kitchen knives, doesn’t mean you should feel obligated to do your own kitchen knife sharpening. Here are five reasons why it might be wiser (and easier) not to invest in a sharpening system, but send them out to a knife sharpening service:

1) You haven’t the interest or patience to master a new skill. Sharpening by its very nature takes some training. If you are not paying close attention to what you are doing, you can easily grind away more metal than you need to or, worse yet, completely ruin a perfectly good knife. Especially using a power sharpening system. There’s a learning curve. Respect the curve. No matter what all the DIY knife sharpening experts tell you, sharpening a knife, like any valuable skill, takes time and concentration to learn and get good at. 2) Your time is precious. Sharpening a kitchen knife can, in an ideal world, take only 10 minutes. That’s, of course, if it’s in pretty good shape to begin with. Otherwise, we’re talking more like 20 minutes or more. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Because, before all thi