Keeping your knives sharp is very important, as dull knives are not only much less enjoyable to use, but also far more dangerous than a sharp blade. Regular sharpening also helps to keep your knives in good condition so that they will last you longer.

Using a whetstone to sharpen your knives is a gentle and effective way to maintain their edge. It can be a challenge if you are just starting out, and there are a few things you need to learn, but it is much cheaper than taking your knives to be sharpened professionally, and once you master it you’ll be able to get a perfect blade within a few minutes.

There are other methods of sharpening knives, but most of them grind away more of your blade than you need, so using a whetstone can help to prolong the life of your knives. With that in mind, we thought we would put together this guide to help you get to grips with it yourself.