When honing is no longer effective in bringing the “sharp” back, then it’s time for real sharpening. Whenever you sharpen your knife, a bit of the metal is removed. But that’s no cause for concern. Your Kai Housewares knives are is designed for long use and can be sharpened again and again.
When sharpening, it’s critical to make sure the knife is sharpened at the correct 16° angle. But remember, sharpening actually removes metal from the blade, so sharpen only when you really need it. Once a year is probably more than enough for most home cooks. Professionals, of course, will need to sharpen more often. The easiest way to ensure your knives are sharpened correctly is to send them back to us for FREE sharpening. If you prefer to do it yourself, try the Diamond and Ceramic Retractable Sharpener, the Kai Electric Sharpener, or even learn how to use a Japanese whetstone.