Saturday, May 18, 2024

Knife Sharpeners : Question and Answer



Why are there specialized sharpeners for Asian and European kitchen knives?


Asian knives are generally sharpened at a 30░ angle (15░ per side), while European knives are sharpened at a 40░ angle (20░ per side). The difference between Asian and European kitchen knife sharpeners is the sharpening angle. If you sharpen an Asian knife at a 40░ angle, you will eventually re-shape the blade to an angle that the knife isn't necessarily designed for. While some users may not notice a difference, experienced knife handlers may detect a slight drag in the blade. Some sharpeners are able to accommodate both Asian and European sharpening angles (ex. Chef's Choice┬« M1520).

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