A whetstone is a gentle and effective way to sharpen your knives. It is a skill that must be learned and care needs to be taken to angle the knife correctly. Whetstones have two sides – fine grit and coarse grit.
Follow these simple instructions to bring your knives back to peak sharpness.
Submerge your whetstone in water for 5 – 10 minutes and continue to apply water while sharpening. The water combines with the small particles released from the stone to form an abrasive substance allowing sharpening to take place.
On the coarse side, move the blade back and forth at an angle of 10 -15 degree. This step is the pre-sharpening stage and removes roughness.
Repeat on the fine side to sharpen and polish the edges. Repeat several times, maintaining the angle.
Rinse off the whetstone and your knives, then dry and put away, sharpened and ready to slice and cut like a professional.
Do not use a whetstone on Japanese knives.