Knife Sharpening Made Easy

Knife Sharpening Information and Equipment

Good Cooks Deserve Sharp Knives

Having sharp, great knives will enable you to cook very precisely.
Eric Ripert, chef, author and television personality

WWW Sharpening Made Easy

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A webpage with new material is available for book buyers.

New: Knife Sharpening Video

"Sharpening School in a Box"

Our new video takes you through the essentials of our sharpening school. Professionally photographed and edited, you can watch straight through or use the menu to jump directly to any one of the 22 chapters.

The Sharpening School package also includes a set of annotated notes from the class, a copy of our How to Start Your Own Knife Sharpening booklet, and a copy of our book Sharpening Made Easy.

Finally, over $280 in student discounts can more than offset the cost of the package

Sharpening School video


Website Contents

    Stones, Guides and Rod-Guided Systems; Recommended Books on Knife Sharpening

  • Chapter 2 - KNIFE SHARPENING EQUIPMENT continued;
    Crock Sticks. Slot Gadgets, Electric Sharpening Machines

    Common Mistakes, Conventional and Multi-bevel Methods, Honing, Using Oil or Water

  • Chapter 4 - ADVANCED STUFF - Knife Steels, Knife Sharpening Theory, Stropping,
    Using Steels, Electric Machines, Sharpening Ceramic Knives
    Tables: Mohs Hardness Scale, Abrasive Grit Comparison, Suppliers

  • Chapter 5 - MISCELLANEOUS STUFF - Knife Sharpening Methods, Professional Knife
    Sharpening machines, Miscellaneous Sharpening Information

     Chapters 1, 2 and 3 were printed in the June and July 1999 issues of Knife World as A PRIMER ON KNIFE SHARPENING.

     For Links to Over 100 More Pages of Knife Sharpening Information, click Links.

Quotes about Sharpening Made Easy

    Sharpening Made Easy by Steve Bottorff. Steve has tried just about every knife sharpening system available. This slim book is a good starting point if you're just getting into knife sharpening. Give it as a gift ... to the sharpening-challenged.  Chad Ward, eGullet

"RAZOR EDGE BOOK OF SHARPENING"  Why should we carry this title, when we already sell the world's greatest knife sharpening book "SHARPENING MADE EASY"? I wondered the same thing, so after a good many years, we are finally going to drop the old book.  If you have other books on knife sharpening, or if you don't but have never been happy with your efforts, may we suggest Steve Bottorff's $9.95 masterpiece SHARPENING MADE EASY. It's a gem! Mark D. Zalesky, Editor, KNIFE WORLD

Updated October 7, 2015

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