Electric Knife Sharpeners - REVIEW
These Electric Sharpeners get the Best Reviews from Cook's Illustrated:
FOR FLAT EDGED BLADES ONLY:
Chef's Choice Professional 110 Pricedfrom $68
This is a 3 stage eletric knife sharpener with magnetic guide. Sharpener is reliable, and can sharpen even the dullest knives.
FOR SERRATED KNIVES:
Chef's Choice 120 3 stage sharpener - $149.00
Chef's Choice 320 2 stage sharpener - $99.99
FOR ASIAN KNIVES:
Chef's Choice Electric Sharpener for Asian Knives - $79.99
This sharpener can sharpen both single and double beveled Asian and Japanese knives to a 15 degree angle.
Other quality choices include: Presto Eversharp, Sabatier Cuisine France,
and Oster Cutting Edge.
Electric Sharpening VS. Hand Sharpening:
One of the most challenging aspects to hand sharpening with a steel or wet stone is maintaining a constant angle from the blade's bolster to tip.
Benefit to using an electric knife sharpener is that it doesn't require you to have sharpening skills as is the case with manual sharpeners. A good quality electric system will have a built in angle guide ensuring a constant angle and sharp edge.
Also, with 2 or 3 stage electric knife sharpening systems you do not
have to use a steel and then use an abrasive stone to sharpen. You've
got essentially both components housed into one sharpener.
How Do They Work?