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What is Stropping? How to Refine Your Knife’s Edge

Stropping helps refine your blade by cleaning up tiny burrs, and by thinning out the apex. But what, exactly, what is stropping? How does it work? Here’s a review backed by microscopic photography and knife science.

Sharpening Stones Grit Chart (And How to Use Them)

Sharpening stones can get confusing. Which grit do you use for repairing a chipped blade? Which grit is best for standard sharpening? What about honing, and polishing? Use this chart as a guide for which stones to use, and their grit ratings.

How to Sharpen a Knife With a Whetstone

Free-hand sharpening with a whetstone isn't as easy as it looks. Use this detailed guide to work through the steps and best practices of sharpening and honing an edge by hand.