How to Sharpen a Molybdenum Steel Knife

A molybdenum steel knife is commonly used around the kitchen.

They are one of the most popular types of kitchen knives, featuring a double-bevel edge. The blade is made of high carbon 13 chrome stainless molybdenum steel, which offers strong rust protection and sharpness. The wood handles comes with a stainless bolster. There are many different types of Molybdenum knives, and they are all sharpened in the same manner. In just a few minutes, your dull knife can be restored like new.

Hold the sharpening steel in your non-dominant hand and grip it firmly. Pick up the knife in your dominant hand and line it up at a 20-degree angle against the tip of the sharpening steel.

Bring the knife down across the steel in an arching motion, being extremely careful to hold the knife and sharpener out away from your body. Repeat the step five to 10 times until the bottom of the knife has been sharpened.

Line up the knife on the bottom of the steel sharpener so the top of the knife blade can be sharpened. Swoop the knife through the sharpener in the same motion as in Step 3. Repeat the process five to 10 times to get the top of the knife blade completely sharpened.

Inspect the blade to make sure it has been sharpened enough. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 to get the blade to the desired sharpness.

Things You Will Need

  • Steel knife sharpener

Tip

  • Always maintain the 20-degree angle and run the blade of the knife through the entire surface of the sharpener at the desired speed.

Warnings

  • Do not use diamond-coated steel or a manual or electric pull-through sharpening device. They have the potential to destroy the edge of the blade and should not be used for maintenance.
  • Always be very careful when working with knives. They are very sharp and can be extremely dangerous.

About the Author

Alexander Callos began writing in 2005 for "The Lantern" at The Ohio State University and has written for various websites, including Bleacher Report, Top Ten Real Estate Deals and Columbus Sports. He has published articles for CBS Sports, SI.com and other websites. He graduated in 2007 from The Ohio State University with a bachelor's degree in public affairs journalism.