How to Sharpen Wood Carving Knives in 5 Simple Step

Once you have purchased your expensive wood carving knives, you will find that they eventually get blunt. Most people will have their very own way when it comes to sharpening wood carving knives and you need to be careful as not to damage the knife. While these knives are really durable, they need to be handled with the utmost of care.

In this article, we have taken a deeper look at the wood knife and how they work. We have discussed a couple of top methods that we have taken from some of the experts and these methods should help you to comfortably sharpen the knife without too much effort. Here is our small breakdown of how to sharpen a wood carving knife.

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Sharpening The Wood Carving Knife In These Simple Steps:

Buy a good sharpening stone:

The sharpening stone is one of the most important parts of the process. With so many knock-off brands on the market today, it can be easy to get lost in the fray. If you are to keep your knives in peak condition, you should use a good sharpening stone as they will ensure excellent durability and allow you to sharpen the knife without damaging it.

The pull to your method

One of the first methods will be to place the knife on a sharpening stone. Lay it out flat with the blade close to the stone. Gently pull the blade towards you, making sure that you scrape as much of the blade against the stone as possible. This will allow the blade to become sharper, but this method can also be dangerous as the knife might slip off.

If you have a controlled hand, the method will certainly work well for you and you shouldn’t have too many problems sharpening your knife correctly.

The push away method

This method is quite similar to the previous method, but instead of pulling the knife towards you, you will now be pushing the blade away from you. Lay the blade on the stone and slightly push it away from you whilst scraping it along the stone. The sharp side should be pointing towards you and trail the rest of the blade. This will ensure maximum contact with the stone and you should be able to easily sharpen the blade.

We really like this method as it is a little safer to do as well. The method does not put you at risk and you will be able to easily sharpen your blade without too many hassles.


The circular method:

The next method will work the same as the push-away method. You will place the blade on the stone facing towards you, but the stone should be slightly angled as well. With a couple momentum, you should make circular motions on the stone. This makes it much easier to keep the blade under control and you will also be touching each part of the blade. We have found this to be one of the most effective methods.

Once you are done on the one side, you can now do the other side. Remember to time yourself and do each side equally as this will ensure that the blade is sharp evenly throughout.

Stropping the knife:

Many people forget about stropping the knife, but it is also one of the most important parts to ensure the knife is razor sharp. While you can buy a knife stropping tool at a very expensive price, these tools can be made of leather and wood. Stropping the knife is also something that many people tend to forget, but it does make a massive difference.

We have found that stropping your knife will ensure that it stays sharp for much longer and you need not worry about sharpening it all that often.

How To Make Your Own Knife Stropping Tool:

As we have already mentioned, the knife stropping tools can be really expensive, but with some experience in using knives, I have found a way to craft my very own stropping tool. If you are looking to save a couple of bucks, this method should help you when it comes to creating your very own knife-stropping tool:

  • Find a 16-inch wooden piece that should be at least 1.5-inches thick to make it durable and improve the handling.
  • With the first 5 inches, you should carve a handle. The handle makes it much easier to control the tool and hold it in your handle when using it.
  • If you want the tool to look great, you can also drill a hole at the far side and add a piece of leather through it. This will make it look much more authentic and you can also varnish the wood if you are to have it look professional.
  • Find a piece of leather from a shoe repair store and you can stick it to the 11-inch piece of the wood that has not been used. With some decent wood glue, it should easily hold up and you won’t have much in terms of trouble.
  • Use a sharpening compound and add this to the blade of the knife. This might discolor it, but you can also wash the knife once you are done. This will improve the sharpness of the knife that you might be used to and your knife should slice through any meat with real ease. The powder from the sharpening agent will also be embedded into the leather and keep the leather protected.


Final Thoughts

Wooden carving knives can be quite expensive, but once you have one, it is imperative that you take good care of the blade. These blades can last you many years if looked after and these methods should easily help you to keep the blade sharp and ready to use. We would highly recommend these methods as they are also safe for you and the blade.

We would like to thank you for reading this article and encourage you to share some of your thoughts on these methods. Let us know in the comment section how you usually sharpen your wood carving knife. We look forward to reading these comments and finding out which of the methods we might have missed.