We’ve just put some new knife sharpeners on the site and I noted in the description that they prevented ‘detempering’. So what does that mean? (Greg said it would be useful to know for when I got angry!)
Well I checked with the supplier, Chefs Choice and they told me that steel goes through a process involving slow and moderate heating to increase the hardness and toughness of the metal – called tempering. If your knives are not sharpened properly then this hardness can be compromised.
Wow! Next week I’ll be explaining the theory behind the Higgs Boson!!!
At first I thought the electric sharpeners were expensive, but then I thought: If you’re going to spend a lot of money on good quality knives that will last a lifetime, then shouldn’t you make sure you have the best possible sharpener too?
Anyway have a look for yourself – Chefs Choice