DO YOU KNOW WHAT DAMASCUS STEEL IS?
It is a very special type of steel with mysterious patterns. The patterns are different in different pieces and the manufacturer designs them according to his desire. It is the fusion of two or more types of steel (high and low carbon) to give fascinating patterns.
Damascus steel was originally made in the regions of India and Sri Lanka, from where it was imported worldwide. Some say that Damascus steel is so named because it originated in the capital of Syria, Damascus.
Now, if you have a Damascus knife or if you are considering buying one, then you should also learn how to maintain your knife and especially you should learn some tips on how to sharpen its blade.
In case the concentration of stainless steel is high, the blade of the knife will lose its sharpness faster. You will have to sharpen it more often to keep it razor sharp.
However, if you choose a carbon steel knife, you don't have to worry too much about losing its edge, because carbon steel does not lose its edge easily. But a carbon steel blade is very prone to corrosion and rust and is not so much preferred to stainless steel.
Therefore, when using such knives, you should be well aware of how to properly sharpen a damascus blade.
HOW TO SHARPEN A DAMASCUS KNIFE?
WHAT TOOLS ARE NEEDED TO SHARPEN A DAMASCUS KNIFE?
The three most important tools needed to sharpen a knife are :
- the whetstone
- a manual or electric sharpener
- a rifle
They allow to sharpen a damascus blade correctly and to transform it into a new blade.
Let's see how.
SHARPENING WITH A WATER STONE
If you want to sharpen your dull knife in the traditional way, you can use a whetstone. This will give excellent results while providing some satisfaction to do it yourself. What you will need:
- A dull knife
- A double-sided whetstone (more on that below)
- A bowl of water
- A towel
CHOOSING YOUR SHARPENING STONE
If, for some reason, you don't have a sharpening stone lying around, you need to buy one! We recommend buying a double-sided sharpening stone, with a 6,000 grit on one side and 1,000 on the other.
Without going into detail, the smaller the number, the coarser the stone. Ideally, you should have a variety of different stones with different grit numbers to make your blade as sharp as possible. But if you're just starting out, a two-sided sharpening stone will do the trick.
Below are some options!