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Good Cooks Deserve Sharp Knives

"I use my knives more than any other tool in the kitchen. I'm not married to a particular brand; they all work because they are all sharp."
- Bobby Flay

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If you like this web site, you'll love our best selling book. The book has more material and better illustrations than the web site. Click the photo for more information.

A webpage with new material is available for book buyers.

New: Knife Sharpening Business "School in a Box"

Our "Sharpening School in a Box" takes you through the essentials of our sharpening school. The sharpening school video is professionally photographed and edited, you can watch straight through or use the menu to jump directly to any of the 22 chapters.

Sharpening School in a Box  also includes a set of annotated notes from our sharpening school, a copy of our How to Start Your Own Knife Sharpening Business booklet, and a copy of our book Sharpening Made Easy.

Finally, student discounts can more than offset the cost of the package.

In person sharpening instruction is no longer available.

Sharpening School Video

Website Contents

  • Chapter 1 - Introduction, Sharpness Testing, Knife Sharpening Equipment; Stones, Guides and Rod-Guided Systems; Recommended Books on Knife Sharpening
  • Chapter 2 - Knife Sharpening Equipment continued; Crock Sticks. Slot Gadgets, Electric Sharpening Machines
  • Chapter 3 - The Knife Sharpening Process: How to Sharpen a Knife. 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.
  • Check out my information page for 100+ more pages on knife sharpening


I am retired from knife sharpening, except for once a month at Zagara's Marketplace on Lee Road in Cleveland Heights. You can usually find me there every third Saturday from 1-4p, with a few exceptions.

Friends and Family, you know how to reach me.

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 June 30, 2016

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