A sharp knife is always one of the biggest assets in the kitchen. And taking care of a knife is a significant concern for a chef. A sharp ceramic knife keeps the shapes perfect and the taste of the vegetables safe.
Ceramic knives can get dull sometimes. Though it is made of Zirconium Dioxide, a wonderful material, it can still get dull. Having a well-sharp knife for a chef and having a sharp sword for a knight are the same.
Tools to sharpen Ceramic Knives
As there is always an expert to do a specific task or thing, there are also experts to sharpen knives perfectly. So, to sharpen your ceramic knife, you can easily take the service of experts. But if you want to sharpen your tool or sword with your hand and care, you can go for three ways to do that.
Diamond Sharpening Stone
A diamond sharpening stone is a kind of stone that is a flat stone grinding with a grit diamond embedded inside of it. It is like a whetstone, but not one. To sharpen a ceramic knife, one must act gently. First, he or she must place the stone on a flat surface that is not slippery and where the stone will stick to the ground. After that, he must hold the handle and place the blade on the stone at a regular angle to sharpen the blade. And start running the blade on the stone from bottom to tip, and keep doing this for 7 to 8 times. Do the same thing to the other side of the blade too.
Automatic Ceramic Knife Sharpener
Its an electric machine that helps sharpen blades. One has to put a ceramic knife in the machine and simply swipe the blade, and its done sharpening. The machine has to be an automatic diamond knife sharpener.
Sharpening a knife with a diamond file is much easier and faster than the above two ways. All one needs is a ceramic knife, a knife rest, and a diamond file. First, put the knife on the rest, grab the file, and file the tool back and forth against the knife at a regular angle (20 to 25 degrees) while applying medium pressure. By repeating the process twice or three times, the blade will be ready, and it must be done on both sides.
What should you never do when sharpening ceramic knives?
o Never apply too much pressure
o Never put your blade in an odd position
o Do not occur any flex
o Do not use any regular stone to sharpen your knife
What should I always do when sharpening ceramic knives?
Using two hands is a must while sharpening a ceramic knife. While sharpening a ceramic knife, one should really be aware of what s/he is doing. That person must concentrate properly while doing the task.
How do I clean a ceramic knife sharpener?
To clean a ceramic knife sharpener, you need warm water, soap, and a damp cloth. Mix the soap in warm water, soak some soap water with the sponge, and wash the blade with it. Then again, take some cold clean water and rinse the blade after washing. Check if there is any food left or not; if there is or if the sharpener is clogged with food particles, then soak it in warm water for 15 to 20 minutes or more if it takes time, and then remove that dirt from it. After washing, use a dry cloth, soak the sharpener in water, and keep the sharpener cool in a dry place.
Maintaining Ceramic Knives
Some tips to maintain a ceramic knife for a long time using:
– Use soft wood or plastic board
– Keep it always dry after using
– Never drop on hard surfaces
– Use light pressure on it
– Never twist or flex your knife
– Never try to cut hard or frozen food or materials
– Avoid prying to open anything with it
– Do not crush anything with it
– Use good material (branded) to sharpen a knife
– Avoid cutting on ceramic or glass
– Avoid curving meat or poultry with bones
– Do not try to make any hole or scratch any surface with the tip of the knife
– Store the knife upright with well packaged
Can you sharpen a ceramic knife with a regular sharpener?
Using a regular sharpener may cause harm to a ceramic knife. To sharpen a ceramic knife, it almost always requires a diamond sharpener.
Can you sharpen a ceramic knife on a stone?
Yes, but only on a stone surface that is not slippery and has to be sharpened with a quality diamond sharpener.
Can you sharpen a ceramic knife with steel?
No, it has to be a diamond sharpener made of Zirconium.
Can you sharpen a ceramic knife at home?
Yes, you can. You will only need a diamond sharpener and a little bit of knowledge of sharpening, and that’s all. Yes, you can sharpen a ceramic knife at home.