May 23, 2016

How to choose a professional knife sharpener

sharpening a knife with a band machineDo you want to choose a professional knife sharpener? It is possible. If you browse through Sydney and Melbourne, you will see that there are many of them. Thus, it is left for you to do a proper home work, so that you can choose the right knife sharpener.

Some individuals and companies are charging comparable prices, while at the same time providing high quality services, look for such companies right now. Before you send your knife to any sharpening agency, try to be well-informed about their terms and conditions of service.

The information below will help you to choose a formidable knife sharpening service provider.

Know your knife

Before sending your knife out to a knife sharpening provider, it is really necessary to know the type of knife you have- before thinking of getting it sharpened. This will surely:

  • Protect you so that you don’t waste your hard earned money and time hiring the services of unqualified sharpened services.
  • Sharpen your knife in an amazing way, or give you options of how to sharpen the knife successfully.

Types of kitchen knife

Basically, there are two kinds of kitchen knife- we have the:

  • Western ( Germany), and
  • Japanese-style knives

Each of these types have their own blades, distinctive shapes and sizes. The main difference between them is their steel.

Let us try to explain them briefly

German style knife

They are made of softer, thicker and tougher blades- this means that they can only be sharpened at a wider angle.

Japanese-style blades

They are thinner, brittle and harder grade of steel. Thus, they can only be sharpened at a steeper angle. Some of them can be bevelled like a chisel at one side. Others have asymmetrical bevels. Thus, any approach towards sharpening Japanese-style blades must be highly customized.

It is important to note here that this is really a new addition in the world of knives. The main knives that people have are German-style blades- that is the main one that is mostly in use in the West.

What to do?

If you are sending your knife to a knife sharpening service provider, make sure that the company is experienced in Japanese-style blades, if your knife is Japanese-style blade, but if it is not, then it is not a big deal because most companies are familiar with it.

The keyword here is that the company must be familiar with the brand of knife you plan sending to them- be careful because there are really some unscrupulous knife sharpening outfits out there that are claiming they can sharpen anything. Take time to do your research, so that you don’t enter into the wrong hands.

How many days will it take?

The minutes, hours or days it will take to sharpen your knife varies from one company to another. Some are more experienced than others- thus, a credible company may sharpen your knife on or before 24 hours. So, this is the type of service for knife sharpening in Melbourne or Sydney that you really need check out their service description and give them a call.

And sometimes after sharpening the knife, you will see that the knife will be blazingly well-sharpened. Take time also to visit the internet, and read about some of the knife sharpening outfits out there, read their terms and conditions of service plus customer feedbacks- this will give you an idea whether to send your knife to them or not.