I have a manual meat grinder that needs the cutting blade sharpened, how do I go about sharpening the blades so that it will cut the meat.

  • Have you looked for a professional that you can send it to? – Batman Jan 5 '17 at 5:05
  • I guess you don't have a belt grinder? If you do, it's usually easy. If you don't, it's tricky. – Mołot Jan 5 '17 at 9:03
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    What sharpening equipment (eg aforementioned grinder, oilstones, waterstones, strops) do you already have? Except for using very cheap and suboptimal whetstones or sandpaper (and these are tricky, frustrating options), if no sharpening kit is present then acquiring it will cost more than a new/professionally resharpened blade or even a new grinder for most manual grinders. The most inexpensive whetstones that are "taken seriously" by people maintaining their own knives already cost $25+ . – rackandboneman Jan 5 '17 at 10:31
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    Oh, and: Wisdom about sharpening shears/scissors might be more applicable here than such pertaining to knives - in the end, such a grinder is a shear. And whatever you do, do not attempt using dry machines (bench or belt grinder) without knowing exactly what you are doing. – rackandboneman Jan 5 '17 at 10:35
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    Since there are a variety of grinder designs, it would greatly help if you posted a photo of yours. Then we can advise more specifically. IMHO, one can often usefully sharpen small cutting tools without breaking the bank on sharpening tackle. Suggested reading: amazon.com/Tauntons-Complete-Illustrated-Sharpening-Taunton/dp/… Although this book was written with woodworking in mind, it'll tell you how to sharpen practically anything! – Catalyst Feb 4 '17 at 13:29

Just ask the manufacturer.

Go to the manufacturer's web site and look for information there. If you don't find information, use the "Contact Us" link that's most probably there.

Supplying more details (a photo would be great) and you might be able to get better answers.

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    The poster asked a reasonable question about equipment maintenance which should have a general answer. Providing answers to this kind of question, answers that are a useful reference to others, not just an individual is the whole point of stack exchange. While there is some merit to what you say, it's better suited to the comment section. That aside, the way you've formatted your answer comes across as quite rude. – Niall Feb 4 '17 at 11:10
  • Referring to the manufacturer is wise with powered grinders/blenders/..., since mistakes in sharpening components can lead to unsafe operation (a jammed or unbalanced blade could disintegrate catastrophically). However, a manual grinder is the subject of the question... – rackandboneman Feb 6 '17 at 10:34

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