Sharpening Blades the Scary-Sharp Way

Sharpening Blades the Scary-Sharp Way

Cris from Get Hands Dirty has published a quick video on how she sharpens her knives and chisels. There are so many videos, so many techniques, and so many hard-held opinions on what’s the best way is to sharpen a blade. Here is one method.

Cris uses a hard, flat piece of kitchen marble, 4 grades of high-quality sandpaper that she affixes to the stone, and a honing guide to achieve the right sharpening angle. Sanding her way through the paper grades (from coarse to fine) with water, she finishes the blade with a final stropping on leather with some chromium-oxide paste.

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If you use a similar technique, or an entirely different one, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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