How to Sharpen your Knives Without a Sharpener?

When you do need to sharpen your dull knife, there are always desperate situations that don’t really have any regular knife sharpening tool to use it.

The point is that in desperate situations, you can use everyday items to re-sharpen your knife.

You may have learned some of these, but you may also discover some that you were unaware of. So, here are 9 effective methods for sharpening your dull knife blade without using any knife sharpener.

Sharpen Knives Using a ceramic mug

Sharpen Knives Using a ceramic mug

You are probably familiar with using your ceramic coffee cup as your customized knife sharpener. Since most of the cups are structured with a polished edge surface. With a rough circular bottom that prevents the cup from slippering.

Note that this design is not so common among modern cup designs. While more traditional cups come with this rough bottom.

This bottom can be an adaptable sharpener. Depending on your knives, sharpening needs varying between coarse, medium, and finer grit.

Step 1: Choose an old, designed mug that has a rough bottom. Since the secret of the technique lies in the rough bottom. It will not function properly if the bottom is brushed.

Step 2: place a piece of cloth or a cutting board on your working station. Put the cup upside down with the rough bottom facing you.

Step 3 : adjust your blade at 10 degree angle against the rough bottom.

Step 4: make sure that you maintain a constant angle. Slide the blade’s entire length across the bottom of the cup.

Step 5 : turn the knife to the side of the knife. Then repeat step 4 again.

Step 6: keeping in mind to maintain the same angling edge between sharpenings. Keep Repeating steps 4 and 5 equally until you get the sharpness you want for your knife.

It’s worth remembering how useful this method can be. You’ll be surprised by how many tasks such a common object can achieve.

You may use this technique on any ceramic plate or bowl. Choose your ceramic surface item and start.

Sharpen Knives Using a Nail File

Sharpen Knives Using a Nail File

This technique can be a bit strange for you. Since it involves using your old nail file as a sharpening stone for your blades.

Thanks to their diamond stone rough surface structure and their flat surface accurate similarities. With the standard actual sharpening stone that properly sharpens your blades.

This hack can be convenient when you have nothing else to sharpen your pocket knife’s blade on any outdoor activities due to their compact, adaptable grits and lightweight quality whetstone design.

Step 1: using a flat rock or a steady surface as a supporting object, place the nail file facing upwards with the coarser grits facing you.

Step 2: adjust your knife blade’s proper edge angle at 10 degrees against the nail file. Directing the sharp edge to the opposite side of your body.

Step 3: hang on the knife in your dominant hand. While securing the file with the other hand in place. And start stroking the knife edge away from you.

Step 4: maintain the same proper edge angle of sharpening. And ensure that you stroke the entire length of the blunt edge.

 Step 5: using the same sharpening process as steps 2 and 4. spin the knife on the other side and repeat.

Step 6: ensuring that you stroke both sides equally. Keep repeating these steps until you reach the sharpness you want.

Sharpen Knives Using Another Knife’s Spine

When you have two dull knives on hand, this is the method to use. Since sharpening one knife requires the use of another as a honing rod.

Sharpen Knives Using Another Knife’s Spine

But hold your breath!

It is widely acknowledged among chefs, even experienced ones, that doing so would be a huge mistake. However, this is mostly because it is improperly handled.

They use one blade to sharpen the kitchen knife that needs to be sharpened. This will eventually cause harm to both knives.

The proper way to do so is by using the back of the second knife blade to sharpen the knife-edge of the first one. Due to the hardness of the back is much harder to damage than the blade itself.

To be clearer there are two methods for this technique. And ill explain both.

Method one

Step 1: with your left hand, hold the blunt knife that needs sharpening. While in the other hand, hold the knife that you will use for sharpening.

Step 2 : position both knives that their blades face your right.

Step 3: adjust the knife angle you are holding in your right hand at a 20-degree angle against the first knife your holding in your left hand.

Step 4: moving the blade of the first sharper knife away from your body with a stroking movement. Maintaining the same angle during the sharpening.

Step 5: turn the knife on the other side. And repeat step 4.

Step 6: keeping the same angle of sharpening during the entire procedure. And repeat the sharpening process as step 4 for each side equally.

Method two

Step 1: with your right hand, grasp the knife that you need to sharpen. While in your left hand, hold the knife that you will use for sharpening.

Step 2: position the blade of the knife you are holding in your left hand downwards.

Step 3: adjust the knife’s angle you are holding in your right hand at 10 degrees against the back of the knife you are holding in your left hand. With the blade facing opposite to you.

Step 4: using a smooth motion, move the knife to stroke the entire length of the blade apart from you. Maintain the same angle of sharpening throughout the entire sharpening.

Step 5: turn the knife to the other side. And repeat step 4.

Step 6: Making sure that you carry out the same number of strokes. Keep repeating until you reach the sharpness you need.

Sharpen Knives Using a Flat Rock

Sharpen Knives Using a Flat Rock

This method is as simple as using some type of rock suitable instead of an expensive sharpening stone. However, the result would certainly be so much better.

However, using a flat stone rock will provide you with the sharp knife you need in a desperate situation.

It’s worth noting that this is a handy technique to have on hand when you’re out hunting or doing some other outdoor activity.

The key requirement for this technique to work is selecting a smooth, flat, and porous rock to use. After that, lubricate it with water as you would do with the most variety of stones, such as sharpening oil stones for a better result.

Step1: Take a slightly flat, smooth river rock and wet it down. Even if it is clean, add some water to it to act as lubricating moisture for the abrasive stones, similar to an excellent sharpening stone.

Step2: Turn the blade so that it is pointing in the opposite direction as you. Set the sharpening correct degree angle of 10 degrees and position it on the stone’s surface.

Step 3: Using a smooth motion, stroke the knife in the opposite direction from you. Ensure that you cover the entire length of the blade. Then, turn the blade and begin pushing it towards you to sharpen the opposite side.

Step 4: Ensure that both sides have been sharpened equally. Repeat until you achieve the desired sharpness.

Sharpen Knives Using a Car Window

As strange as it might seem. The use of a car window edge has been found to be a very successful tool when you are o a road trip. 

Sharpen Knives Using a Car Window

The secret lies in using the glass’s edge like a knife sharpening steel. Since the window’s rough edges are not brushed like the remainder of the window.

When sliding the dull edge’s side against it. It’ll be useful as a sharpening rod.

Step 1: Position your dull blade at a 10-degree angle on the rough side of the window’s edge. You’re facing the opposite direction.

Step 2: Using smooth motions, stroke through the opening. Where the window will serve as a Honing rod. Remember that you will be sliding the knife rather than the sharpening tool here.

Step 3: Ensure that you stroke the entire length of the dull edge.

Step 4: Move the knife to the opposite side of the blade and begin stroking. This time, I’m pulling the knife towards you.

Step 5: Preserve the same-degree angle edge. And continue repeating steps 3 and 4 on both edges until you reach the needed sharpening blade.

Sharpen knives Using a Slate

A slate is probably the most similar approach to a sharpening stone in this list of common household items.

Sharpen knives Using a Slate

The key to this technique is to treat the flooring slate like a sharpening stone, with the same motions and techniques.

If you don’t have a sharpening stone on hand, a slate might be a better option.

Slates are rough enough to permit effective sharpening but not too rough. Find a flat slate that is clean and a little rough (pieces of slate that do not have any special decorations on it).

Step 1 : find the proper slate piece and lubricate it with some water.

Step 2: adjust the edge sharpening angle at 10 degrees against the smooth surface of the slate. Ensuring that the blade angle faces opposite to you.

Step 3: start pulling the knife in the other way from you in a smooth motion against the slate. Maintaining the same angle edge between sharpenings for the entire motion.

Step 4 : make sure that you cover the entire blade length of the dull blade.

Step 5: flip the knife on the other side. Then repeat the entire smooth motion again.

Step 6: Making sure that you stroke away equal metal shavings on both sides. And keep repeating until you reach the sharpness you want.

Sharpen knives Using a Broken Glass Bottle

The point is that a broken edge of glass bottles is not refined. If you want to sharpen your blade, unpolished slabs of glass are a good option.

Sharpen knives Using a Broken Glass Bottle

Edge of Glass bottles can be cut cleanly using a variety of techniques. You can do this with plate glass or a glass clipper, which is the most common method.

A more DIY method would be to soak some string in acetone, wrap it around the part of the bottle you want to cut (5-7 times). Light it on fire for about 30 seconds, and then immerse the entire bottle in cold water.

Because both use rough glass, the sharpening technique is the same as for the car window glass.

Step 1 : find or cut a  broken glass bottle. To get an unbrushed edges.

Step 2: adjust your knife’s edge at 10 degrees against the bottle top.

Step 3: in a smooth motion. Covering the entire length of the blade and stroke opposite to you.

Step 4: turn your knife and repeat the same for the other side.

Step 5: keep repeating in a smooth motion with the same degree angle of sharpening. Making sure that you stroke both sides equally until you reach the sharpness you want.

Sharpen knives Using a Sandpaper

Sandpaper is used as a homemade sharpening stone in this technique. Because the grit size’s roughness is similar to that of a sharpening stone.

Sharpen knives Using a Sandpaper

If you do not have to sharpen steel in your knife set. This would be an ideal short-term solution for sharpening your ceramic knives.

It would be best if you fixed the sandpaper on a piece of wood. This allows you to use it as a more customized quality whetstone sharpening stone, ranging from coarse to fine grit.

Step 1: using a piece of a wooden block, fold your sandpaper in a rectangular shape. Then fix it on the block, leaving some space between the sandpaper and the block.

Step 2: place your custom-built knife sharpening tool on a flat and stable surface. Limiting any chances of injuries or hurting your knees.

Step 3: adjusting your knife’s blade at a 15- to 20-degree angle against the sandpaper block. The blade facing opposite to your body.

Step 4: holding the knife in your dominant hand and the sandpaper block in the other hand.

Step 5: start stroking while maintaining the same sharpening edge angle. And ensure that you are covering the entire length of the blade.

Step 6 : turn your knife on the side and start stroking using the same technique but pull the blade towards you.

Step 7: Making sure you are stroking both equally. And keep repeating until you reach the desired sharpness.

Sharpen your Knives with a Shovel

In this case, we essentially use the thickened edge of the shovel’s blade as a honing rod. It is worth noting that a stainless steel shovel is preferable to that of an aluminum shovel.

Sharpen your Knives with a Shovel

However, a titanium shovel would be the best option. Because of its tough razor-sharp materials.

Step 1: Hold the shovel vertically with your left hand. with the blade aligned at the bottom

Step 2: hold the knife with the dull blade in your dominant hand. And adjust the sharpening angle edge at 10 degrees.

Step 3: position the blade facing opposite to you. And Against the thick edge of the shovel.

Step 4: start stroking against the shovel’s edge in a smooth motion opposite to you. Making sure that you cover the entire length of the blade. And maintaining the same edge sharpening angle.

Step 5: turn the knife on the other side. And repeat step 4 but pull the blade towards you.

Step 6: Keep repeating until you reach the wanted sharpness. Ensure that you stroked both sides equally.

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