There is always going to be a moment when you need to sharpen your knife, but do not have any equipment to sharpen it. The fact is, in such desperate circumstances, you can use everyday items to make your knife sharp again. In this guide, we will teach you how to Sharpen a Knife without Sharpener.
You may have heard about some of these, but you might as well have learned tricks that you didn’t know about.
Here are some ways to Sharpen Knife without Sharpener
1) Use your cup of coffee to Sharpen Knife without Sharpener
It is one that you actually already know about. For this example, you are using your coffee mug as a homemade sharpening hammer.
You probably know that the surface of the cup is smooth, but the bottom of the cup, the portion that hits the table when you place it on the table, is typically very rough. It may not be true of all mugs, but typically the old mugs appear to have this smooth circular coating on the rim.
This surface can be an artificial grit, medium grit, or fine grit sharpening tool, depending on how rough it is. You will use it to sharpen your knife.
Here’s how to do this:
- Find an old mug on the bottom that is pretty rough. This trick does not work if the surface of the mug is fully polished. The rough surface is what is going to sharpen the edge.
- Put the mug upside down on a hard surface (usually, the table is fine). Ensure that the surface is dry and not too slippery. If you have a slippery or wet surface, it would be best to add a piece of cloth or wooden cutting board under the cup. This is just to make things simpler.
- Hold your knife and place it at an angle of 10 ° to the rough surface of the mug.
- Stroke the entire length of the blade, ensuring that the same angle is preserved between the mug and the knife.
- Raise the knife, turn it over, and repeat on the other side of the blade.
- Repeat until you feel like the edge is smooth, remember to maintain the same angle and work both sides equally.
This method is going to prove very useful when you have got nothing but a mug. It is amazing how simple; everyday stuff can do so many tasks.
This hack often works with a ceramic plate or cup, as the bottom of the parts is close to that of a coffee mug. Only pick the one you want to use!
2) Using a nail filer
A nail filer is often used to sharpen a knife but less commonly than a cup of coffee. In this, you use your good old nail file as a sharpening tool to sharpen your blade.
Nail-files are quite rough as you probably know and reflect quite accurately the texture of actual sharpening stones used for sharpening knives correctly.
This trick is going to be a lifesaver if you do not have something else with you. It can also be a lightweight, compact DIY sharpener if you go on a long outdoor hiking trip, for example.
Here are the steps you need to take:
- Place your nail file on a hard surface, the rough side facing up (any hard surface, such as a table or a big rock, would be good support). The explanation for this move is that you must stop putting it on your knee and sharpening it. You have got some pretty critical arteries in your thighs that you do not really want to hurt!
- Take your knife and place it at an angle of 10 ° to the surface of the paper. The blade guided away from you.
- Stroke away from you, ‘under’ the file, while using the other hand, to keep the file in place.
- Adjust the stroke to cover the entire length of the blade, maintaining the same angle of sharpening across the edge.
- Raise the knife, turn it over, and bring it back to you, use the same method to sharpen the other side of the blade.
- Repeat until you feel like the knife is sharp enough, trying to work on both sides equally.
3) Using a separate knife to Sharpen Knife without Sharpener
This trick is very useful when you have two slightly blunt knives. Only use one to sharpen the other! In this method, you are simply using another knife as a sharpening or honing rod to make your own knife sharp.
You probably learned from other people, or even knife-making experts, that you should not use a knife to sharpen your weapon. Well, this is obviously because people are doing things the wrong way.
Most people use a razor blade to sharpen the edge of their own razor. Of course, this is incorrect, and the blades of both knives will be destroyed!
The best way to do so is to use the back of the second knife to sharpen the blade of the first knife. It is a lot harder to damage the back of a knife than its tip, so even if you do, it is not a big deal!
Here’s to do it:
- Keep the knife you intend to sharpen in your left hand and the knife you use to sharpen the first knife in your right hand.
- Rotate the knives to the right side of both blades.
- Pick up the knife in your right hand and place it on the back of the other knife’s blade at the 10 ° angle, such that the blade faces away from you.
- Stroke the blade of the first knife, guide the movement away from you and maintain the same sharpening angle throughout the movement.
- Turn the knife over and repeat the first knife on the other side of the blade.
- Repeat, remember to work equally on each side of the blade, and maintain the same angle of sharpening throughout the entire process.
4 ) The use of a flat rock to Sharpen Knife without Sharpener
You can actually use a random stone rather than a sharp stone to Sharpen a Knife without Sharpener. And even though you generally get a better result from an actual sharpening stone, using a flat rock might be a good choice unless you have one within reach.
This method can be very practical, as you are not going to have to carry anything with you on your backpacking trip.
The trick to this is to find a good, fairly smooth, flat rock to do the job. Lubricating a rock with water, a popular technique when using sharpening stones can give you a better result.
Here are the steps that need to be taken:
- Find a smooth rock, fairly flat, and clean it with water. If it is not dirty, always clean it with water, and you can moisten it as if you were sharpening stones.
- Place the blade knife at an angle of 10 ° to the surface of the rock, facing away from you.
- In one smooth movement, draw the knife away from you, move the motion to cover the entire length of the blade. Flip the knife over and pull it back to you, sharpening the other side of the blade this time.
- Repeat until the blade is smooth, making sure you sharpen all sides equally.
5) The use of a slate
A slate is probably one of the closest things you will get to a sharpening stone in this list of household items.
The secret to this approach is to use the flooring slate as a real sharpening hammer, using the same movements and techniques.
When you do not have a convenient sharpening hammer, it may be simpler for you to find a slate. Slates are rough enough to make sharpening effective, but not too rough. Seek to find a clean and rather rough flat slate (not with special decoration on it).
So how do you sharpen your knife with a slate, exactly?
Here are the steps to be taken in this process:
- Lubricate the slate you have found with the mud.
- Place the knife to the slate at an angle of 10 ° to the surface of the slate, with the blade facing away from you.
- Drag your knife edge off the slate in a smooth movement, keeping the same angle of sharpening throughout the movement.
- Adjust the stroke so that you cover the full length of the edge, the slate is low.
- Raise the knife, turn it around so that the blade faces you, and repeat the same action, to sharpen the other side of the blade.
- Repeat until the edge feels smooth, remembering to work consistently on each side of the blade, and to maintain the same angle of sharpening.
Knives need sharpening regularly or else they become dull. A dull knife has no use in the kitchen. To make sure that your knife stays up-to-the-mark at your every slice and dice. Get it sharpened at home without a sharpener, from day to day items in your kitchen! This guide will help you how to!