There aren’t many differences between sharpening a damascus knife and a regular knife,
But there are 2 points you should be careful about.
Picking the right whetstone is very important.
And keeping the right sharpening angle too
1. It has a beautiful pattern on the blade. Right?
2 years ago on my birthday, I got a Damascus gyuto knife as a birthday present.
I had talked about the knife for a long time, so my wife got it for my birthday.
The birthday cake didn’t have any taste,
because I was too excited about the present…
2. The Damascus blade is made from different kinds of metals
So this kind of blade has a layer pattern like a stratum.
In addition, the layer looks wavy.
This is because they use a hammer to forge the blade.
By hammering the metal many times,
The beautiful pattern forms.
3. Are you worried that the damascus pattern will disappear if you use a whetstone to sharpen?
Don’t worry. Basically the pattern won’t disappear.
Because of scratches that whetstones make,
The pattern might be lightened.
And it will be less beautiful.
Do you want to know how to avoid that?
4. Then you have to understand the structure of a damascus knife
A damascus knife blade has a part that has a hammer pattern,
And the face of the blade part that has the damascus pattern.
The point of sharpening a damascus knife is…
You should only sharpen the primary bevel.
Doing so, you can keep the beautiful damascus pattern on the face of the blade.
5. Here is how to sharpen it
1 Place the knife on the whetstone
2 Lift the spine just a little bit
3 Start sharpening the bevel
4 Do the other side
5 Get rid of the burr
The point is lifting the spine just a little bit compared to the regular way.
So you can make a thinner primary bevel.
6. Honestly, this is not the right way to sharpen a knife
But this is a damascus knife.
The pro of this kind of knife is to keep you motivated when cooking.
Using a beautiful kitchen knife makes you feel cool and happy.
If the pattern gets less beautiful,
Then you are missing something.
7. You can sharpen your damascus knife the way listed above for a few years
So you can enjoy the beautiful pattern.
But someday your knife will be difficult to use.
This is because the edge will be too thick.
A knife is designed this way…
Its spine is thick and its edge is thin.
If you only sharpen the primary bevel, then the place of the edge goes up and the bevel gets thick.
In order to fix this problem, you have to sharpen the face of the blade.
And this will need some special tools for the damascus pattern..
8. This is how to sharpen the face of the blade
The goal is shaving the face of the blade thin.
How thin should it be?
Try to aim for 0.55mm.
1 Sharpen the blade along the face of the blade using a coarse stone (#80 – #320)
2 After making the blade thin, use a medium stone(around #1000 – 2000) to sharpen
3 Use a fine stone(around #3000)
*I don’t recommend using a grinding machine, a diamond sharpening stone, or other hard whetstone types. Because if you use them, the pattern will disappear.
9. It seems like if you use a stone finer than #5000, the pattern will get weaker
For my knife, #3000 whetstone creates a better damascus pattern.
It depends on your knife and whetstone.
So you should find a sweet spot for your knife.
After trying it this way, aren’t you satisfied yet?
Yes, it is very difficult to revive the beautiful pattern.
But wait, there is one trick that might work for you…
10. Sharpen the face of the blade using #2000 whetstone, and then jump to #30,000
The point of this trick is grinding the surface of the blade with relatively rough stone and make some scratches,
Then polish the surface with a super fine whetstone.
It depends on the blade, but doing this way might revive the beautiful pattern.
If you have time and money to spend, it is worth trying.