5 ways to see if your knife is sharp.
A sharp knife is safer than what in your hands than a knife that is not sharp.
Sounds strange to you?
Sharp blades are easier to use and are more reliable for doing cutting operations and for controlling what you are doing because they require less force to achieve the same effect so they gain in sensitivity and precision.
They do what you want and do it well most of the time.
For those who have a blade that is not living to its full potential you must know that it could be a useless tool because making a cut and not a scratch is not something you can do with a non-sharp blade and to verify this there are tried and tested methods.
You know, you have in mind how those traditions that your grandfather always did in front of you and that maybe you forgot.
In Italy, even if it is lost, there is an ancient tradition on the use of the knife on a par with Middle Eastern and Latin American weights.
Here are 5 methods to check if your knife cuts:
It’s the most classic way of the 5 ways to see if your knife is sharp,
Get a printer card, phone book, or any other relatively thin paper you can find.
Play this game by trying to shave lines of paper as thin as possible.
If you see that it flows easily you are doing well, it is sharp but if your blade has to press through the paper or simply fold and shuffle then your knife needs a re-sharpening, that’s all, do this act of love, sharpen your knife.
If you look closely at the arms of knife enthusiasts, you will probably see areas of the arms where hair does not seem to grow but this is not the case.
A knife that easily shaves hair is a very sharp knife.
You know the barber’s razor, here is the hunger of the “sharp razor” of the barber is in the common thought of people.
Arm hairs are a great way to test the sharpening of the blade on any type of blade.
Sharp knife blades penetrate into the nails.
It is a kind of magnetic attraction, but with sharp steel and whatever the shape of the nails this happens.
Just place your blade in a nail at a slight angle.
If the blade penetrates it is sharp, if it slips, it is necessary that you devote time and attention to it, it is to be sharpened.
Tomato or potatoes
Tomatoes and potatoes through your sharp blade must cut very easily.
If your knife can cut thin pieces of tomato effortlessly, it is sharp.
When slicing potatoes, the smoother the edge of the potato, the sharper the blade.
The little sharp knives instead will leave more ruined and broken edges.
Feel It ! (listen)
Perhaps the oldest trick in the book and paper is the thumb method.
Hover your thumb perpendicularly over the cutting edge of your knife (not along the blade!)
And see if you can feel a slight grip.
This requires some practice before you are able to feel the difference between a sharp knife and a “useless” one.
I don’t have to explain to you that doing this can be dangerous and you have to make this grip with extreme caution!
Now that you have tested your knife through cutting tests, one question remains: Is it necessary to have some love and respect for your blade?
Yes! Remember to respect the blade.
The following sharpening guide will restore your blade to all the glory it had when it was fresh in the box but remember to respect it, it is not a game, never disrespect it because it is and remains one of the most insidious weapons created by man despite its apparent simplicity.
Now you know 5 ways to see if your knife is sharp.
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