|It's counter-intuitive but dull knives can be far more dangerous that sharp knives. For me, hand sharpening stinks. I can't do it very well and look stupid trying. So a few years ago I broke down and bought an inexpensive $30 electric sharpener. I use it every month or two and it is AMAZING. I'll never try to hand sharpen again. The video below gives you more detail. It's from a great source called the Webstaurant. Ciao4Now!