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.


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:


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.


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.


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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Published on September 20, 2018

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

Minimizing Tabs

Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

Incognito Mode

Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:


  1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
  2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
  3. Download extension New Incognito Window

This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

Save Webpages as PDF Files

Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

Open Recently-closed Tabs

Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.


Solve Mathematical Problems

Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

Play Media Files

Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

Stay Focus(e)d

Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.


Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

Grammarly for Editing

Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!


There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.


There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

Chrome Calendar Extension

No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

Final Thoughts

Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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