Diamond Sharpening Steel

Today I’m going to give you a few tips on keeping your knife sharp with the Dexter Russell Sani-Safe Diamond Sharpener. A diamond sharpening steel is a must-have for maintaining and sharpening your knives. It can be used as a steel when running your knife across it with a slight amount of pressure, or to create a new edge, you use more pressure.

Diamond Sharpener Design

Another feature I like about this steel, or sharpener, is that it has an oval design instead of the round carbon steel design. I believe this puts a much better edge on your knife. It also has a great grip and a guard that’s going to stop you from cutting your fingers.

To use the diamond sharpener, hold the knife and sharpener in front of your body at a 45° angle.

How to Use the Diamond Sharpener

In the video below, I’ll show you couple ways on how to sharpen your knife using a diamond sharpener. In the first method, you are going to hold the knife and sharpener out in front of your body at a 45° angle.

To begin, you want to hold your knife at a 20° angle off of the sharpener. Place the heel of your blade at the very tip of the diamond sharpener, and then you’re going to apply a little bit of pressure. Bring the knife all the way down. Next, you are going to do the other side. I recommend doing each side about 10 times or so. If you want to really sharpen it, put a lot more pressure on the knife. Speed comes with practice!

If you aren’t comfortable holding the steel in front of you, you can set it on a counter and draw your knife down. This works just as well.

How to use a Diamond Sharpening Steel (Video)

How to Clean Your Diamond Sharpener

The Dexter Russell Sani-Safe Diamond Sharpener is easy to clean. You should always wash and dry your sharpener after every use using a damp cloth. This will remove any metal fragments that come off of your knife.

I’ve used Dexter Russell products all through my career. They’re great in both the commercial kitchen and in your home kitchen. I hope you enjoyed this quick tutorial on how to use the diamond sharpener!

If you enjoyed this video, watch my tutorial on how to use a chef’s knife!

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