How To Sharpen Your Knife | 5- Step Sharpening Guide - With The Whole Enchilada

How To Sharpen Your Knife | 5- Step Sharpening Guide - With The Whole Enchilada

The Ultimate Guide to Sharpening Your Knives with "The Whole Enchilada" Knife Sharpener

Knives are one of the most essential tools mankind has ever invented. Whether you're an avid survivalist or military professional, having sharp knives can make a significant difference in your survivability in any scenario. Enter "The Whole Enchilada," a revolutionary 3D-printed knife sharpener designed to make knife sharpening simple and efficient. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to sharpen your knives with "The Whole Enchilada" and keep them in razor-sharp condition.

Why Choose "The Whole Enchilada"?

Before we dive into the sharpening process, let’s talk about what makes "The Whole Enchilada" stand out. This innovative knife sharpener is 3D-printed, making it lightweight, durable, and precisely engineered to provide a full, self-contained sharpening system in the palm of your hand. It's designed to cater to both beginners and experienced knife enjoyers alike, ensuring that everyone can achieve razor-sharp blades effortlessly.

Step-by-Step Knife Sharpening Guide


Step 1: Prepare the Sharpener and Knife



Begin by placing "The Whole Enchilada" knife sharpener on a stable, flat surface. This stability is crucial for maintaining control and ensuring a safe sharpening process. The Whole Enchilada can also be hand-held during use allowing you to sharpen your knife in any scenario. But for best results, we recommend placing the Whole Enchilada on a flat surface during use.

Safety Check:

Make sure your knife is clean and free of any dirt or debris. This will prevent any foreign objects from interfering with the sharpening process and ensure a smooth operation.

Step 2: Position the Knife

Angle Alignment:

Place the knife blade onto the sharpening stone of The Whole Enchilada. It's important to align the blade at the correct angle, typically around 15-20 degrees for most knives. This angle helps in creating a precise and sharp edge.

Start at the Base:

Position the base of the blade (the part closest to the handle) onto the back of the diamond sharpening stone first. This starting point allows for a uniform sharpening along the entire edge.

Step 3: Sharpen the Blade

Smooth Motion:

Gently pull the knife across the sharpening stone. Maintain a consistent angle and apply light-to-moderate pressure. A steady hand is key to achieving an even edge.

Full Length:

Draw the entire length of the blade across the stone, from the base to the tip, in one smooth motion. This ensures that the entire edge is sharpened evenly.


Depending on the dullness of your blade, you may need to repeat this process 3-5 times. For extremely dull knives, additional passes might be necessary. Listen for a consistent sound and feel for a smooth motion as indicators of progress.

Step 4: Check For The Burr


Inspect the Edge:

After a few passes, check the blade to if a burr has formed on one side of the edge. You can carefully run your thumb perpendicular to the edge (never along the edge) to feel for the burr.

Repeat on the other side of the edge:

If the knife isn’t as sharp as you’d like, repeat Step 3 until you achieve the desired sharpness.

Step 5: Flip And Strop

Remove the Sharpening Stone:

After you've achieved the desired sharpness with the diamond sharpening stone, it's time to strop. Start by carefully removing the diamond sharpening stone from "The Whole Enchilada."

Flip the Stone:

Flip the stone over to reveal the leather strop on the other side. This is a less abrasive surface used to refine the edge and remove the bur.

Insert the Strop:

Insert the leather strop back into the base of The Whole Enchilada. Ensure it's securely in place before proceeding.


Stropping is different from sharpening. Position your knife at the same 15-20 degree angle as before. However, instead of pushing the blade forward as you did while sharpening, you will pull the blade backward across the leather. This direction is important to avoid cutting into the strop.

Smooth, Consistent Strokes:

With light, consistent pressure, draw the entire length of the blade across the strop, ensuring you cover the full edge from base to tip. Repeat this a few times until the blade is polished to your satisfaction.


Tips for Best Results

  • Regular Maintenance: Regularly sharpening your knives maintains their edge and reduces the need for extensive sharpening sessions. Make it a habit to sharpen your knives periodically.
  • Consistent Angle: Maintaining a consistent angle is crucial for an even and effective sharpening. Practice makes perfect!
  • Gentle Pressure: Avoid using excessive force; let the sharpener do the work. Gentle pressure ensures a finer edge and prolongs the life of both your knife and the sharpener.

By following these simple steps, you'll keep your knives in top condition with The Whole Enchilada knife sharpener. Not only will you enjoy the ease of use, but you'll also appreciate the precision and efficiency it brings to your load-out.


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