Knives cut best when they are sharp. Once you have used a sharp knife you will never want to waste your time with a dull one. When sharpening a knife, it is important to keep the angle correct. This is easier to do after sharpening hundreds of knives than it was the very first time, but it still takes skill and careful attention. Keeping the angle constant can be reduced to a no-brainer by employing a sharpening jig. This jig attaches to the knife blade and insures the proper sharpening angle. You can make your own or buy one from various companies. Razor Edge Systems makes several nice ones. Here is a simple sharpening jig that is easy to make. For improved gripping of the knife blade you can cover the inside surfaces of the jaws with 280 grit wet-or-dry sandpaper. Attach the sandpaper with contact cement or other waterproof adhesive.
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