I have a dull knife, and want to get it sharp. My question is, do I sharpen and then hone it, or do I hone it and then sharpen it?


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You sharpen the blade, and then hone it.

This depends somewhat on the sharpening method; some sharpeners don't need a honing step afterwards, and some do. For example, my Japanese 6000-grit sharpening stone does not require honing after. But a pull-through sharpener would require it.

Then hone it every 2-3 uses until it needs sharpening again.

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    Unless of course the blade is obviously badly aligned, then I would hone it first, so you don’t end up removing as much when sharpening it
    – Joe
    Oct 3, 2023 at 20:18

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