Sharpen damask knives and keep sharp


The selection of damask knives is large and ranges from industrially produced mass-produced items to hand-forged craftsmanship. The quality of the Damastmessers according to the sharpening should be done. With knives for prices from several hundred to more than a thousand euros it has a strong value-preserving effect.

Quality characteristics of damask knife

In the luxury class of damask knives, metal and steel types are fire-forged in up to three hundred layers. In the manufacture of knives, every blacksmith pursues the ideal performance characteristics.

  • cutting edge
  • hardness
  • sharpness receipt
  • If necessary self-sharpening function
  • Texture and optical structure

Depending on the structure and craftsmanship, a one-ply or at least three-ply blade cutting edge is sharpened when sharpening a knife in a damascene manner.

Moisture and rust

Most damask knives are not stainless, as the use of stainless alloy materials such as chromium severely limits the processability in damascene forging. In order to free a Damascus knife from attached rust, it is possible to polish blade oil for rust removal. If you think about prolonged disuse, a slight oiling of the knife is recommended.

The most constant drought of the damascus knife before storage is more important because of the ability to corrosion than with stainless knife versions. The knife should be cleaned after use with a soft cloth and polished dry. Leaving in a kitchen sink or drying in the air will promote flash rust formation.

Shrinking the wooden handle

If the rivets in the handle of a damask knife or lift off, this is due to the shrinkage of the handle wood. This can happen especially for longer unused knives, which were deposited with a damp handle. By re-wetting the handle, the handle wood expands again and "catches" the rivets again. As a preventive measure, the wood can be polished occasionally with linseed or olive oil.

So keep your damask knife sharp

1. Remove regularly

Always ready to hand, you should have a pull-off leather ready. The removal of the blade after every fifth bsi tenth use preserves the sharpness.

2. Keep stainless

Always keep your damask knife as dry as possible. Ideally, during the use process, you should minimize the periods when wet by drying them with a soft, absorbent cloth.

3. Clean only by hand

Never put your damask knife in the dishwasher.

How to sharpen your damask knife

1. Selection of the waterstone

A Japanese waterstone from 1000 grit costs about one hundred euros. Ideal are combined variants in which one side has 1000 grit and the other side from 3000 to 8000 grit.

2. Prepare the waterstone

Water your waterstone according to the manufacturer's instructions.

3. pre-sanding

Sand first with 1000 grit.

4. Main cut

The main cut you execute on at least 3000 grit.

5. Remove burr

Polish the burr off after grinding.

Tips & Tricks

Look for knife sharpening let a supplier out and let him prove his manual craftsmanship on a "normal" knife.


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