How to Sharpen Japanese Kitchen Knives with a Whetstone – Feel the Burr!

I was sharpening a vegetable chopper the other day (as you do) and I carried on grinding one side to see what happened. What happened was that I got a huge burr – so large I could see it and it started peeling off the edge. I thought I’d show you a photo so you can understand what a burr is – A burr is the secret to using whetstones properly!

Burr Sharpening TOG Knives

In order to explain how the burr fits into the sharpening process, I’ve also made you a lovely little whetstones guide, explaining how to form the burr and how to get rid of it again.

You can also see our video on the same subject.

How to sharpen a kitchen knife with a whetstone