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