How to sharpen a peeler without any tools

This is a quick and easy “sharpening” trick for a vegetable peeler with a symmetric blade. It utilises the fact that if you are only using one side of it, the other side stays sharp as new. To make the peeler “sharp” again, you simply need to turn the blade around and start using its other side. No special sharpening tools are required:

Taking blade out of the peeler.
Step 1: Bend the end of the blade-holding arch outwards so the blade falls out.
'Sharpening' the peeler blade by turning it around.
Step 2: Turn the blade and place it back in by bending the blade-holding arch again.

You can sharpen your peeler using this method if:


Different peelers

Peelers made of more flexible and better quality plastic with high arches over the blade often cost more than basic peelers. However, if the price is less than double, it still pays off. The blade-turning method would mean that you can get two blade life-spans for the price of one, while enjoying using a better quality kitchen tool, usually with a much better handle and better quality steel of the blade.

Fruit/vegetable peeler with an arch over the blade.
Vegetable peeler with a high arch over the blade. This peeler is made of strong yet flexible plastic, which makes it bendable and suitable for the sharpening procedure described above.
Potato peeler with no arch over the blade.
This peeler is made of cheap, hard, brittle plastic and has no arch. It either doesn't bend, or breaks.

It is more practical to buy the peelers that have an arch and/or are made of flexible materials: they are easier to use because the peels move freely through the arch, and they will last twice as long because you can turn the blade and make it sharp-like-new again. And, by buying and then throwing away fewer cheap peelers, you will reduce waste and help the environment.


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Thank you so much for sharing this brilliant idea! I will put a link to here on my Facebook page. The more people learn this, the better. This can save thousands of peelers from landfill.

Camilla, 17 November 2010

Pure genius :) I just sharpened all veggie peelers in my kitchen drawers. Won't be buying new peelers for years. This works for Australian peeler type, as well as Y-shape peelers.

Tony R., 28 October 2016

So clever. And so simple. I made my potato peeler super sharp in 20 seconds! Many thanks for posting this!!!

Sandy, 5 June 2019