Taylor Erkkinen, co-owner of the Brooklyn Kitchen, shows how to properly hone a knife Hold a butcher steel vertically. Place it on a towel on a flat surface in order to anchor and hold it in place. Most knifes are sharpened to 20 degrees. To find this angle, hold the knife perpendicularly to the butcher steel--this is 90 degrees. Reducing to half that angle is 45 degrees, and half of that angle is 22 degrees. Pass the knife equally on each side of the butcher steel, making sure you run all the way down the blade Follow Taylor's steps to see what a great difference a sharper knife makes in the kitchen
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