What is an Electric Knife?
An electric knife is made with a serrated blade, which is electrically operated, the motor powers the blade and makes its movement fast and smooth so that it cuts the fish easily. The serrated blade is the main thing that sets it apart from a regular fillet knife. A regular blade requires manual manpower to move and cut anything while an electric knife works automatically and more quickly but requires more attention during filleting.
Do Electric Knives Require to Sharpen?
It is a myth that electric knives do not need to be sharpened, this is not true. Yes, they are better than regular knives that require more sharpening, but they also get dull and require sharpening oftenly.
Serrated blades stay sharp longer but require proper maintenance and sharpening but not regularly, it all depends on how much you use them. If you use them regularly then It is a good practice to sharpen them after every two weeks.
Now you are clear that even electric knives need sharpening, so let’s start learning how to sharpen them effectively.
How to Sharpen Electric Fillet Knife Blades
If you have no idea about sharpening electric knife blades and want to try it for the first time, we explain all the methods in a simple way so that no one has any difficulty in following them. Obviously, when we use something be it electrical or manual, gradually its performance degrades which requires service to bring it back to its original state.
There are various methods and we have mentioned some of them that we have personally experienced.
You’ll Need a Whetstone
The first and most important method that we can use to sharpen electric knives is the whetstone, which is result oriented and proven.
Get the Right Angle for Sharpening the Blade
In order to get sharp and brilliant results you need to be careful with your angle which plays an important role in getting the blade as sharp as you want.
Ensure You Remove all of the Old Blade Material
It is recommended to remove all material from the blade before you start sharpening with a whetstone as it can affect and damage the whetstone, also, if you don’t, you need more effort or you may encounter many other problems.
Start Sharpening the Electric Fillet Knife Blade
There are few tips you need to keep in mind to get effective results.
Note – If you are learning to sharpen an electric fillet knife, we recommend that you avoid sliding.
Use a Soft Cloth to Remove the Material from your Blade
Once you’re done sharpening, remove any material that clings to it with a soft cloth, it will be beneficial to you to prevent damage to the whetstone and difficulties throughout the process.
How to Sharpen Electric Knife Blades with an Electric Sharpener
Sharpening an electric knife blade with an electric sharpener is the easiest way to get the best results with less effort. There are some key points that will help in the sharpening process.
How to Choose the Best Electric Knife Sharpener
Here we have briefly explained some of the factors that you should keep in mind while choosing the best sharpener for fillet knives.
How to Sharpen Electric Knife Blades with an Electric Sharpening Rod
Sharpening electric knives with rods is a difficult task that is not suitable for beginner fishermen, it is recommended for those who are more skilled. Here are some tips for those who decide to use a rod to sharpen an electric knife.
Taking Care of Your Electric Fillet Knives
Electric fillet knives require care to perform well for a long time, as we have already explained that they also get dull with time, so we need to take care of them. Below we have mentioned some tips that help keep their edges sharp and protect them from damage and rust.
Cleaning is the first step in the care of electric knives, it is important for the blade as well as for humans because after using it some bacteria and germs remain that can be harmful to us. To protect yourself from health problems, you should wash it by hand (not in the dishwasher) before and after each use.
You need to take care of the blades to prevent them from rusting and take all precautions like using a cleaning product or a little vinegar.
After cleaning, it is important to keep the knife in a safe place so that it does not get any marks and remains useful for a long time. Tips for storing:
Oiling is the best caring technique that helps to work them for a long time, so you must oil the blades regularly. If you want to be extra careful with things, why not add a layer of protective varnish or another protective layer? This should help prevent further damage over time.
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