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The Art of Knife Sharpening with a Whet Stone

Knife Sharpening with a Whetstone (Sharpstone)

This is one of the best videos I could find for sharpening with a whetstone. Sharpening with a whetstone takes skill, time and dedication to make your knife sharp. Compared to electric sharpeners for knives, this is a manual technique that will take practice and the right methodology for sharpening.

Benefits of Sharpening with a Whetstone

Whetstones are by far one of the best ways to sharpen your knives. The reason being is because it…

  • Allows for maximum sharpening control and angles
  • Lesser amount of grinding away the knives blade
  • Saves money in the long run

And to be honest, there are no known consequences of sharpening with a whetstone, besides the fact that you have to learn how to use it. Although this is a minor downfall because learning how to use a whetstone is simple and just takes practice of how to sharpen your knife.

How to Sharpen Your Knife with a Whetstone

These steps and tips are provided by About – Culinary Arts

  1. Place the whetstone on a cutting board or countertop, with the coarse grit face up. We suggest using a wet towel underneath the towel to help with preventing the whetstone from slipping.
  2. With one hand, grasp the knife by the handle and hold the edge against the stone, point-first, with the cutting edge meeting the stone at a 22½-degree angle. Here’s a picture of what 22½ degrees looks like. You can stabilize the blade with your other hand.
  3. With moderate pressure, slide the blade forward and across the the whetstone, covering the entire length of the blade and keeping the blade flush against the stone at a constant 22½-degree angle.
  4. Do this 10 times, then flip the knife over and give the other side of the blade 10 strokes on the whetstone.
  5. Now flip the whetstone over to the fine grit side and give each side of the blade 10 strokes.
  6. Finish by using a sharpening steel to hone the blade, then rinse and wipe the blade dry to remove any metal particles.


  1. Always sharpen in the same direction, whether it’s front-to-back or back-to-front.
  2. Despite what its name might suggest, keep your whetstone dry. Using oil or water on a whetstone traps tiny metal particles in the liquid, which in turn produce a more ragged edge than when using a dry stone.
  3. Don’t believe the hype about knives that supposedly “never need sharpening.” Cutting produces friction, and friction causes a knife’s edge to lose its sharpness. There’s no avoiding the laws of physics.
  4. Make sure to get your angles correct when sharpening your knife (our added in tip)
Angles to hold your knife at when sharpening. Photo credit to  About - Culinary Arts  thanks! :)

Angles to hold your knife at when sharpening. Photo credit to About – Culinary Arts thanks! 🙂

Thanks About for these awesome steps and tips on how to sharpen with a Whetstone!

So there you have it, the complete steps and tips and an excellent video on how to sharpen your knives with a whetstone. Just remember to be patient and willing to learn how to use a whetstone before you get frustrated, give up or worse ruin your knife.

And remember to share this post if it helped you out with sharpening your knives and keep on sharpening!

1 comment… add one
  • I think it’s comprehensive but at the same time really easy to understand and find the Whetstone Knife sharpener that best fits your needs. Great guide! I would like to congratulate you for this video tips. I would love to see something like this included in the video.

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