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3 Knife Sharpeners You Need In Your Kitchen

3 Knife Sharpeners You Need In Your Kitchen

Knives are paramount for many activities in the kitchen, and they need to be in excellent working condition for the user to perform his or her tasks in the kitchen effortlessly.

As long as the knives are sharp, there is no problem, but when they become blunt as a result of constant use, the same tasks of cutting and chopping become very cumbersome and tiring. A blunt knife not only underperforms, but it also increases the likelihood of the user getting injured because you exert more pressure to complete the job. As it is not practical to take your knives to a professional to sharpen them every time your knives go blunt, it becomes necessary to keep some sharpening tools at home.

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When it comes to knives, the most significant topic that is still held in discussions and controversies is none other than the knife sharpener. Some of the most highly recommended knife sharpeners include the Lansky Turn Box Crock Stick Sharpener and the Diamond Hone Knife Sharpener. The quality differs from one stone to another and only when you understand them precisely will you be able to choose the best.

Many professionals swear by the efficiency and quality of using Japanese water stones (whetstones) as their preferred knife sharpener of choice. And it definitely comes with its share of benefits. Here is an introduction to three water stones available in three grades:

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1. Arato

The Arato stone is the perfect stone for severely worn-out knives, as it is 200 to 800 rough grit stone. When using, you will want an angle of 10 to 15 degrees, or about the height of two coins between the stone. The stone is ideally used to create a new bevel, and if used inconsistently, it leads to a weak edge. This is due to prolonged sharpening that is done at different incompatible angles. Arato stone is the roughest of the three stones and is used mostly to remove chips and recover an angle to the blade.

2. Nakato

This whetstone has a roughness of about 1500 grit and can be used for sharpening and making a sharp point. This medium grade stone is used ideally for minimal repairing purposes and primarily to produce even burr, which is also known as the initial stage of knife sharpening. Using the Nakato whetstone is done in the same method as that of the Arato stone. When you are done, you can then move on to the Shiageto whetstone for the finishing work.

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3. Shiageto

This superfine stone is implemented to provide smoother edges in addition to the perfect sharpness of the knife you are trying to sharpen. The 1500 to 3000 grit stone is used to create extremely sharp and polished edges, thus getting rid of any scratches that were left out by the medium stone that preceded it.

Before use, it is essential to prepare your stone in order to perform the sharpening process. The preparation is different from one stone to the next, even though soaking is a basic need and the time differs from one stone to the next – hence the name, “whetstone”. It is recommended to soak the stone until no droplets reach the top. At the same time, it is also not advised to leave your stone soaked in water for long, as it can lead to total damage.

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There are lots of tips online that will help you buy the best knife sharpener in the market that will be the best for your needs. Investing in a water stone, or a whetstone, might be your best bet for sharpening your blunt knives and ensuring that you get expert and precise cuts when preparing your food each and every time.

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Last Updated on May 14, 2019

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

8 Replacements for Google Notebook

Exploring alternatives to Google Notebook? There are more than a few ‘notebooks’ available online these days, although choosing the right one will likely depend on just what you use Google Notebook for.

  1. Zoho Notebook
    If you want to stick with something as close to Google Notebook as possible, Zoho Notebook may just be your best bet. The user interface has some significant changes, but in general, Zoho Notebook has pretty similar features. There is even a Firefox plugin that allows you to highlight content and drop it into your Notebook. You can go a bit further, though, dropping in any spreadsheets or documents you have in Zoho, as well as some applications and all websites — to the point that you can control a desktop remotely if you pare it with something like Zoho Meeting.
  2. Evernote
    The features that Evernote brings to the table are pretty great. In addition to allowing you to capture parts of a website, Evernote has a desktop search tool mobil versions (iPhone and Windows Mobile). It even has an API, if you’ve got any features in mind not currently available. Evernote offers 40 MB for free accounts — if you’ll need more, the premium version is priced at $5 per month or $45 per year. Encryption, size and whether you’ll see ads seem to be the main differences between the free and premium versions.
  3. Net Notes
    If the major allure for Google Notebooks lays in the Firefox extension, Net Notes might be a good alternative. It’s a Firefox extension that allows you to save notes on websites in your bookmarks. You can toggle the Net Notes sidebar and access your notes as you browse. You can also tag websites. Net Notes works with Mozilla Weave if you need to access your notes from multiple computers.
  4. i-Lighter
    You can highlight and save information from any website while you’re browsing with i-Lighter. You can also add notes to your i-Lighted information, as well as email it or send the information to be posted to your blog or Twitter account. Your notes are saved in a notebook on your computer — but they’re also synchronized to the iLighter website. You can log in to the site from any computer.
  5. Clipmarks
    For those browsers interested in sharing what they find with others, Clipmarks provides a tool to select clips of text, images and video and share them with friends. You can easily syndicate your finds to a whole list of sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Digg. You can also easily review your past clips and use them as references through Clipmarks’ website.
  6. UberNote
    If you can think of a way to send notes to UberNote, it can handle it. You can clip material while browsing, email, IM, text message or even visit the UberNote sites to add notes to the information you have saved. You can organize your notes, tag them and even add checkboxes if you want to turn a note into some sort of task list. You can drag and drop information between notes in order to manage them.
  7. iLeonardo
    iLeonardo treats research as a social concern. You can create a notebook on iLeonardo on a particular topic, collecting information online. You can also access other people’s notebooks. It may not necessarily take the place of Google Notebook — I’m pretty sure my notes on some subjects are cryptic — but it’s a pretty cool tool. You can keep notebooks private if you like the interface but don’t want to share a particular project. iLeonardo does allow you to follow fellow notetakers and receive the information they find on a particular topic.
  8. Zotero
    Another Firefox extension, Zotero started life as a citation management tool targeted towards academic researchers. However, it offers notetaking tools, as well as a way to save files to your notebook. If you do a lot of writing in Microsoft Word or Open Office, Zotero might be the tool for you — it’s integrated with both word processing software to allow you to easily move your notes over, as well as several blogging options. Zotero’s interface is also available in more than 30 languages.

I’ve been relying on Google Notebook as a catch-all for blog post ideas — being able to just highlight information and save it is a great tool for a blogger.

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In replacing it, though, I’m starting to lean towards Evernote. I’ve found it handles pretty much everything I want, especially with the voice recording feature. I’m planning to keep trying things out for a while yet — I’m sticking with Google Notebook until the Firefox extension quits working — and if you have any recommendations that I missed when I put together this list, I’d love to hear them — just leave a comment!

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