No matter the price you paid, the material, the quality of your knife, every knife needs to be sharpened once in a while. The more often you use it, the more often you will have to sharpen it. To sharpen my knives I used for about 4 years now a MinoSharp 3.
To be honest, at first I found it was pretty expensive to pay $60 for this small piece of plastic with 3 wheels. I also thought it looked kind of cheap and I was unsure it would do the job. I have another confession to make, my very first set of knives were purchased at Walmart for 20 bucks, 5 knives plus a case for $20. You do not have to be a knife expert to guess the quality of those knives, they were obviously some kind of cheap. I know, it is weird to pay $20 for a set of knives and $60 for a knife sharpener. The thing is, I purchased the knives set when I first got into my first apartment on my own and the sharpener maybe 2 years later once my income was better. Anyways, the first time I got home with my MinoSharp 3 Water Sharpener, I was eager to try my new purchase and see the result on such cheap knives. I was astonished, the MinoSharp 3 transformed my cheap no name chef knife into a super sharp knives!
How to Sharpen a Knife with the MinoSharp 3
I made a quick video explaining how to it, but I invite you to read the rest of the article, because I deepened my knowledge on the MinoSharp since the making of the video and their is more information in the article than in the video.
The first step is to open the plastic cover and put water into the reservoir. It does not have to be full, but it should at least touch the wheels. Poor some water on every wheel and turn them a bit, just to make sure that the wheel are wet. Then close the lid.
MinoSharp 3 Water Knife Sharpener
As you can see on the image, there are three wheels on the Minosharp 3 (by now, you’ve probably wondered where the 3 from MinoSharp 3 comes from ;). The blue one is the coarse, the orange one is the medium, and the beige one is the fine. You always should finish by the beige one, because it is for the finish. Small memory trick, fine is for the finish.
You do not have to always use the blue wheel, it should be used only when your knife is very dull. Because you should know that the ceramic wheels of the MinoSharp will grind the edge of your knife, reducing its lifetime. The blue wheel being the coarse one is the one that will grind the most your knife edge.
The second step is to sharpen your knife. With one hand hold the knife, with the other one hold the water sharpener handle. Gently pass your knife front and back into the slots of the lid. Go from the very end of your blade to the tip of the knife. DO NOT PUSH on the knife, it is useless and will harm your knife prematurely plus, you risk damaging the wheels of your knife sharpener too. Usually, I slide my knife 20 times per wheel. Between every wheel you should clean the blade with a towel.
You can sharpen all sort of blade with this knife sharpener, but you cannot sharpen serrated knife and ceramic knives.
Now you know it all about this super knife sharpener, use it with care and you will be super happy with the results!
Did You Know?
Did you know that giving a knife is believed to bring bad luck? Giving a knife is supposed to cut the link of friendship between two person and therefore people think it can bring bad luck.
If you are superstitious, you will probably be pleased to know that there is a way to counter this superstition. If it happens that you receive a knife, you have to give a penny back to the person who gave you the knife. In that case, the knife is no longer a gift because you paid for it. Brilliant isn’t it?