Check that the sharpening angle matches the existing angle on the blade. To do this, use a marker to color the bezel of your knife. Then do 3 or 4 hits on a. Then make 3 or 4 blows on a stone.
Look at the bezel to see where you removed the marker. You should be able to quickly see if it matches the angle or not. If you've removed the marked area above the border, you're too low. If you've removed the area marked only on the edge, you're probably too tall.
If you've removed the area marked in the center of the bezel, you're more or less correct. Usually, puncturing an edge is the final step, an edge will be sharpened (and sometimes sharpened if you use abrasives on the scouring pad) and the teeth created by scratches on the stone will be aligned. This can be done with a piece of flat cardboard, newspaper, blue jeans or, usually, a leather belt (albeit with a suitable strap). recommended if available).
On the other hand, if you find that your edge is dulling faster than you would like, increasing the angle a little more by placing a microbezel should help solve this situation. Either way, unless your blade is actually hit, you should be able to keep your knives without thinning them again for a reasonable period of time, simply by placing a microbezel and sharpening the blade. Once the knife isn't cutting very well, repeat all the steps one more time and you'll get back to work. It consists of running the knife through the hair (usually the hair on the arms) and watching the small hairs come off as the blade slides.
So how can you tell if a knife is really sharp? Here are some ways to determine the sharpness of a blade. A blunt knife usually cuts, but it requires much more strength and energy than if it is cut with a really sharp knife. The depth of the chips removed from the blade will indicate the amount of metal you'll need to remove along the entire edge to maintain the same general shape of your knife. Start by making sweeping movements using as much of the stone surface as possible and working in sections as needed, making sure you maintain the same angles even at the tip and making sure you don't let the tip of the knife slip out of the stone, as this can cause the tip to be rounded or even chipped of the blade.
When making alternate movements, keep the edge of the blade perpendicular to the movement you make on the stone, so that the scratch pattern is perpendicular to the orientation of the edge itself. If it is not turned a little towards the handle, this will leave a cutting edge that will cut better in tasks where the knife is cutting in a traction cut, which is the most common. An onion is another excellent food for testing sharpness because the skin is so slippery that a blunt knife will slip while a sharp knife will stick directly into it.