If you are searching for how to sharpen a serrated knife then come to right place. Nowadays everyone likes to eat bread and to slice the bread, we need serrated best bread knife. After using a serrated knife for a few months when the knife becomes dull or damaged you think it’s less expensive to replace them rather than repair them because they are cheap knives and you used to buy a new one but buying a new knife may be costly for you in the long term.

In the beginning most us start with the cheap bread knife because in the beginning we are in the learning stage until we learn things we do the mistakes and that’s ok because we learn by mistakes but it may be costly for you in the long term you know it’s less expensive to repair them rather than replace them.

Serrated knives generally do not look the same from both sides. On one side, the face of the blade will continue at the same angle until the blade’s edge. On the other, the face of the blade will angle down slightly just before the serrated edge called bevel.

Serrated knives Flat side and bevel side
Angle of Asian knives and conventional knife

There were three Styles

  • Carbide
  • ceramic and
  • diamond 

Diamond is the most effective, diamond braces also last longer because it’s a much harder material.

Most of us think serrated knives dull because of food we slice by serrated knives but also when you do slicing the some edge of a bread knife blade is going to suffer. Most of the blade doesn’t even make contact with a cutting board, extending the life of the blade. The sharp edge bent over time. When it is new it’s shape is V but over time it’s shape turns like U.

Let’s learn how to sharpen serrated knives we’re going to cover 5 different methods for sharpening a serrated knife. We had to include the links of the product in between the methods.

  1. Using Ceramic sharpening rod
  2. Electric Knife Sharpener
  3. Spyderco Sharpmaker
  4. Sharpen a Serrated Blade with the work sharp
  5. Sharpen serrated knives without Tool

Warning : Be while careful sharpening a knife. It can be dangerous for you while working around sharp blades. 

1. Using Ceramic sharpening rod

Most of you sharpen a serrated knife by ceramic rod first time so we learn step-step. Ceramic rod works extremely very well and sharpens a knife at minimum scratches as compared to other methods(electric method) and it gives a good result in bent points. In the end you find an amazing result because it is harder than the steel. The whole process is time consuming but at the end you’ll have a sharpened bread knife with better results than other methods.  This process of serration with Ceramic rod is time-consuming.

Basic Maintenance

If your serrated knife needs basic maintenance there is no need to waste time Just do Simple Steps and you have a sharpened knife.

Steps :

  1. Brings a ceramic rod lightly, place a bread knife from the Serrated Side of Blade.
  2. Find the exact angle of your bevel and glide the knife back and forth on the ceramic rod. Do not put a lot of pressure, move lightly.
  3. Move the knife up and down the ceramic to remove some material and raise a burr to expose the cutting edge.
  4. Repeat Step2 on each bevel.
  5. Lay the knife on the ceramic rod flat, on the opposing side(straight side) to the one just sharpened, glide the bread knife very lightly in flat across and you have a very sharp knife.

Steps for Very Dull Knife

If your bread knife tips are rounded or it looks like shape U then you need to work on it a little harder than basic maintenance.

Step -1

  • You need a diamond rod.
  • Place the sharpening rod in one of the serrated each scallops(gullets). Choosing the right angle is easier for serrated blades.

Step -2

Find the exact angle of your bevel and glide the knife back and forth on the ceramic rod. Do not put a lot of pressure, move lightly.

Step -3

Move the knife up and down the ceramic to remove some material and raise a burr to expose the cutting edge.

Step -4

Repeat Step2 on each bevel. Lay the bread knife on the ceramic rod flat, on the opposing side(straight side) to the one just sharpened, glide the knife very lightly in flat across and you have a very sharp knife.

2. Electric Knife Sharpener

Electric sharpeners are specifically designed to restore that narrower cutting angle. There are two key things we need to know first: the abrasive that’s the material that actually shaves off bits of metal to sharpen your knife.

The carbide and ceramic just grabbed at the surface of the knife and roughed it up. Diamond was by far the most effective, diamond braces also last longer because it’s a much harder material. 

The second factor was the design of the sharpening chamber. The sharpener has to control the  movement of the knife as it passes through. Best electric sharpeners have no wiggle room for failure. It came out nice and smooth.

We tested the result on sheets of copy paper and by slicing up dozens of delicate ripe tomatoes and we found sharpeners that made the knife feel as good as new or better.

Electric sharpeners are the best and easy method to sharpen your knife. This method applies only when you have an electric knife sharpener. Best thing is it comes with 100-percent diamond abrasives to sharpen and hone the edge.

There are three Stages of Electric Chef’s Choice Trizor XV Edge back and forth each one. It sharpens at a 15° rather than traditional 20° angle. It sharpens your knife in three stages(read the instructions that are included so you know how to sharpen a serrated knife).

Stage- 1

Take a pair of poles through the sharpener, going 20 times alternating each side. After you finish phase 1 you’ll feel a slight burr on the last side that you sharpened. Now move on phase two

Stage -2

Two – Three times slow pull on each side again after phase 2 you feel slightly a burr move on phase 3

Stage- 3

Four- Five pull on each side and you have a very sharp knife in your hands.

Professional Electric Knife Sharpener for Straight and Serrated Knives Diamond Abrasives

3. Spyderco Sharpmaker

The spyderco sharpmaker comes with the plastic housing which contains the stones with two brass or bronze metal rods(safety devices) comes with two triangular shaped rough stones and then two triangular shaped ceramic finish off stones. It sharpens at two angles, one side is for a 30 degree bevel and the other side is for 40 degree. It is easy to use. We’ll go through the technique. So let’s get started.

Step -1

Set the Sharp maker tool up on a bench and set up two of the Gray stones in the first with the edge side in their holders and two brass rods as a guard and pop the lid on and just hold the lid.

Step -2

Go straight down first on one side then other side, take it nice and slow carefully with the point, perpendicular to the ground, stick to the same angle. It is very simple and convenient. Strokes depend on how dull the bread knife.

Step -3

Flip them around facing each other with a flat side and continue doing the same process. Stroke depends on the bread knife.

Step -4

Remove the Greystone’s and put into place the ceramic stone. start again with edge first and repeat the entire process. Strokes depend on how dull the knife.

NOTE : In the end you will want to do lighter strokes, put less pressure to get off burr.

4. Sharpen a Serrated Blade with the Work Sharp

Sharpen a serrated knife using a work sharp method. Tool Sharpener features an adjustable angle guide to nail any edge from (15-30). Belt knife sharpeners are brilliant. This method is different from the above method, these tools came with a sharpening guide outdoor knife guide, kitchen knife guide.

  • Outdoor guide provide 50° angle
  • Kitchen knife guide provide 40° angle

It sharp you knife with helps of colored belts with color indicating grip types

  • Red- 120 grit -extra course
  • Brown-220 grit- course
  • Light Grey-1000 grit-course
  • white- 3000 grit -fine
  • Purple- 6000 grit -extra fine

Read the instructions that come with the tool sharpener. It helps you to sharpen your knife.

Most serrated knives have a flat side and a bevel side on the blade; Sharpen only the flat side.

Step -1

Install the purple belt, Place the flat side of the blade at the bolster / handle against the fine grit abrasive belt. Set to low speed and squeeze the power switch and pull the knife steadily across the belt from bolster to tip. An 8” blade should take 8 seconds.

NOTE: Only place serrated blades on downhill right side of the belt. Otherwise you risk
cutting the belt
.

Step -2

Repeat until no burr remains on the flat side of the blade and serration ‘Teeth’ is sharp

5. Sharpen serrated knives without Tools

Note: Ceramic cup sharp knife but it may damage your blade.

Ceramic cups will remove metal from the knife cup bottom can be overly rough and uneven so much so that it is possible to activity nick and damage blade.

What is the best way to sharpen a serrated knife?

Well in all given methods the best way to sharpen a serrated knife is ceramic rod because you have seen in ceramic rod video it doesn’t make much scratches on the knife surface. And it works well.

Why Ceramic rod used ?

Ceramic rod is harder than steel.