How to Sharpen a Serrated Knife
Brod & Taylor offers a knife sharpener that works in tandem with the key characteristics of a serrated knife, allowing them to be sharpened effortlessly and quickly. And once your serrated knives are sharp, our sharpener also works beautifully on standard smooth-edged knives.
A One-Sided Approach
Almost all serrated knives have a blade that is beveled on one side and flat on the other. For most, the beveled side is on the right as you’re holding the knife in cutting position. This one-sided anatomy makes serrated knives tricky to sharpen: in order to avoid changing or damaging the original shape of the blade, they should only be sharpened on the beveled side (the flat side should be left alone).
Honing Preserves the Shape of the Serrated Edge
Knife manufacturers devote a lot of time and expertise to create precisely engineered serrations that will slice through thick-skinned or crusty foods easily. True non-metal-removing honing is the best way to maintain these edges at home, because it preserves the shape of the serrations. Sharpeners that remove metal eventually change the shape of the edge, eroding the points, flattening the curves, or grinding the flat side of the knife.
Which Serrated Edges Can be Sharpened?
Whether you opt for the gentle, non-tearing slice of a scalloped or wavy edge, or prefer the way the pointed shape of a classic serration or double serration “grabs” food and glides through tough crusts, regular honing will keep these beautifully-designed edges at their best. The spring-action, Austrian-made honing surface in our sharpeners hugs the entire shape of each serration. Pulling the knife through at an angle ensures that the honing surface only touches the beveled side of the knife.
Serrated Knife Sharpeners
Traditional techniques for sharpening a serrated knife require the use of a cone-shaped hand tool (pictured in our infographic, below). It’s a slow process because the knife must be sharpened one serration at a time. The tool is abrasive, so a good deal of skill and care are necessary to avoid damaging the knife.
Motorized sharpeners only touch the tips of the serrations and worse, may damage the bevel by sharpening both sides of the blade with a fixed angle.
Brod & Taylor sharpeners offer a different approach: an ultra-hard tungsten carbide honing surface is mounted on spring-action bars, which allows the sharpening surface to conform to the shape and angle of a serrated edge. No metal is removed and the life of a fine serrated knife is extended. The process takes less than a minute, and the sharpener is beautiful enough for the counter-top, encouraging frequent use. It also works on smooth-edged knives, which can be honed, polished, and when very dull, coarse sharpened.
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