The serrated knife is a kitchen wonder. These knives are able to handle difficult tasks such as slicing tomatoes, crusty bread, or tender cakes without smushing, smushing, or otherwise destroying them. If that wasn’t enough to make serrated knives one of the greatest culinary wonders in the world, then consider the fact that they rarely need sharpening if at all.
Common myth: Serrated knives can’t be sharpened. It is false. There are many ways to sharpen serrated knives. It’s not always easy. In this article, we will help you answer this question: how to sharpen a serrated knife?
What is a Serrated Knife?
The basic principle behind a serrated knife blade is the same as that of a saw. It has teeth on the blade which grab hard surfaces and slide down smoothly.
A good chef’s knife with a straight edge can do many things, but it is not the best tool for every kitchen task. However, serrated knives are not only great for their durability. There’s more to serrated knives than just their durability over time and the maintenance you need to maintain it at a high standard: You will rarely have to sharpen them.
The unique design of serrated knives allows them to continue with their solemn duties, which is cutting through French bread without breaking the soft interior. This knife is unique in that it’s not like any other kitchen knife. The blade edge functions like a handsaw. The teeth grab and then rip through tough exteriors to reach soft interiors.
What Causes Knives to Become Dull?
The food they are cutting doesn’t make knives dull, but the cutting board. It might surprise you to know that most of the time, the thing that dullens blades is not the food they are being used on but the cutting board.
The edge of your knife blade will suffer every time you cut something on a cutting board. It can be shaved off, but the sharp edge has been bent backward. Worse, the sharp edge of the cutting board can become dull and distorted over time. To reshape the dull edge into a sharp one, you will need to remove some metal. A sharpening stone is the best way to do this.
You may also find that the sharp edge of the cutting board has become rounder as a result of being stuck for so long. You will need to reshape the metal, by grinding it for a while. You will need a sharpening tool to do this.
You will need tools to sharpen serrated knives. There are many guides that explain how to sharpen a serrated blade knife. I will keep it simple. What you need to sharpen a serrated knife:
- A dull-serrated knife
- A sharpening rod
- Ceramic sharpening rod
- Not necessary: Cardboard
How to Sharpen a Serrated Knife
If you are new to sharpening steel, it can be quite scary. Don’t be afraid: Sharpening steel doesn’t need to be difficult.
It is important to note that serrated knives have a different shape than straight-edge knives. This means that many of the same knife-sharpening techniques that are used for regular kitchen knives cannot be used on serrated knives. Take a look at your serrated knife and notice how many curved serrations it has. Each of these beveled serrations can be sharpened one at a.
This is done with a serrated knife sharpener, also known as a sharpening rod. The sharpening rods work in the same way as honing steels but are smaller and more robust. They taper to a point. This means you can choose from many thicknesses along the shaft of the ceramic rod, which allows you to adjust it to different widths of your knife’s serrations.
Hold the sharpening rod with your dominant hand. Next, place the knife in your opposite hand. The serrated side should be facing you. If you are doing multiple serrations, you can set the sharpener at the top of the beveled edge or you can focus your attention on one. The angle of the sharpener should match the angle of the grind.
Then, take the sharpening rod and move it away from you. Drag the rod across the serration until the rod’s diameter is equal to the width of the serration. You should sharpen each serration according to the given width, or else you could damage your knife blade. Each serration should take only a few passes. This process should be repeated until you see a thin piece of steel develop on the cutting edge. This is known as a burr.
Sometimes, burrs can be small amounts of steel that remain attached to the blade. To remove burrs, you can use the sharpening stone or rod to run it along the blade’s edge from one end to the other. You’re done! It’s easy. You’re now ready to sharpen one of your most important kitchen knives.
How to Sharpen a Serrated Bread Knife
Bread knives have more serrations than other serrated knives. This means that you will need a sharpening rod with a greater diameter. Ceramic rods are typically not very expensive so you won’t have to break the bank.
You will not need to make as many passes per serration with large-diameter sharpening sticks.
It is a good idea, aside from the occasional sharpening mentioned above, to hone your bread knives every now and again. It is much quicker than if you were using a straight edge knife. Run the length of your blade a few times across your honing rod. The serration tips will be what attracts attention, but they are the parts that require honing.
How to Sharpen a Serrated Steak Knife
The most susceptible to becoming dull are steak knives. Even if your steaks are tender, it may take a while for you to notice, but the porcelain plates can cause a lot of wear on your serration points.
There are many sizes of serrations available for these knives, so make sure you find the right size rod. Enjoy a movie while you work through the set of knives.
It is worth noting that very small serrations on steak knives are difficult to remove. To remove all serrations, you can run them through an electric trimmer. We don’t recommend small serrations because they are difficult to properly sharpen.
The Final Step
A knife needs to be sharpened in order to remove small amounts of steel. These are sometimes partially attached to the blade and are called burrs. If you run your finger gently along the blade’s backside, you will feel them. This side of most serrated knives is flat. These burs are what you will use to sharpen it.
You can easily remove these burrs by simply moving your flat side across the surface of the fine-grit finish stone in your sharpening stone set. Now you have a sharpened knife that is both useful and essential in your kitchen. Hope that with this post, you will know how to sharpen a serrated knife.