Knife Sharpening with Patrick Roerhman | Pantry Chat

Welcome to Pantry Chat, where we dive deep into the world of cooking and all the ingredients and tools necessary to make enjoyable meals. In today’s post, we explore the art of knife sharpening with the expert guidance of Patrick Roerhman. If you’re a culinary enthusiast always looking to improve your skills in the kitchen, read on to discover the tips and tricks from one of the most skilled knife sharpeners out there!

Knife Sharpening with Patrick Roerhman | Pantry Chat


If you’re someone who spends a lot of time in the kitchen, you know the importance of a sharp knife. Dull knives can make preparing food tedious and dangerous. That’s why we’re thrilled to bring you this pantry chat episode where we talk all things sharp and knife sharpening with the wonderful Patrick Roerhman from @MTknives. In this video, we discuss knife maintenance, inspection, and sharpening methods to help you get the most out of your knives.

The Importance of Sharp Knives

Having sharp knives is crucial for efficient and safer food preparation. Dull knives make it harder to cut through food, increasing the risk of accidents. On the other hand, sharp knives make cooking a breeze and reduce stress on your hands and wrists.

Knife Maintenance and Inspection

To keep your knives sharp, it’s essential to take care of them correctly, and that’s where maintenance comes in. Regular maintenance includes cleaning, lubricating, and storing knives properly. Knife inspectors or sharpeners ensure that the blades are sharp, they have the right bevel angle, and no chips, nicks or rust.

Knife Sharpening Methods

There are different methods to sharpen a knife, each with its advantages and disadvantages. The two primary sharpening methods are manual and electric.

Manual Sharpening

Manual sharpening involves using a sharpening stone or file to grind the blade’s edge. It takes time and patience to master, but it’s ideal for those who want more control over the sharpening process.

Electric Sharpening

Electric sharpening is quicker and easier, making it more convenient for those who want to sharpen their knives quickly. It involves running the knife through a sharpening machine that uses spinning wheels to sharpen the blade.

Importance of Safety When Using Knives

Sharp knives are essential, but it’s equally important to use them safely. Always use a cutting board, and make sure it is stable, clean and dry. Use knives confidently but carefully – if you are unsure of a technique, it might be best to ask someone more experienced or watch an instructional video.

Balancing Homesteading and Knife Making

If you’re a homesteader, chances are you also need sharp knives for various tasks, such as butchering and processing meat, gardening, and woodworking. However, it can be challenging to balance homesteading activities and knife making, which can be quite time-consuming.

Free Resources for Homesteaders

The Homesteading Family offers many free resources to help homesteaders develop new skills and knowledge. They have a guide to preserving eggs, a healthy healing at home guide, and instructions on preserving culinary herbs. Their website is a great place for homesteaders to learn about new topics.

Finding the Right Property for Homesteading

When looking for the right property for homesteading, it’s essential to consider various factors, such as land quality, zoning laws, water sources, and infrastructure. Patrick shares his experiences finding the right land for his homesteading activities.

Building Infrastructure and Fencing

Building infrastructure and fencing is a critical aspect of homesteading. It requires planning and hard work to ensure that animals are safe and have access to proper shelter and clean water.


Knife sharpening is a vital skill for anyone who loves to spend time in the kitchen or on the homestead. We hope you’ve learned something new from this pantry chat episode and are inspired to keep your knives sharp and safe.


  1. What angle should I sharpen my knife blade?
    Ideally, the blade should be sharpened at an angle between 17-30 degrees.

  2. How often should I sharpen my knives?
    It depends on how much you use them. However, a good rule of thumb is to sharpen them every three to six months.

  3. Can I sharpen serrated knives?
    Yes, many sharpeners specialize in sharpening serrated knives.

  4. How long does it take to sharpen knives manually?
    The time it takes depends on the size and condition of your knife, but it typically takes around ten minutes.

  5. Can sharpening a knife damage it?
    Yes, if it’s not done correctly, it can damage the blade, so it’s essential to follow the manufacturer’s instructions or get advice from a professional.

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