Knife Sharpener - Keeping Sharp with Tools and Options
When it comes to keeping your kitchen knives sharp what type of knife
sharpener do you really need? The answer is: One that will keep your
cutlery sharp and safe! Whether you have a serrated blade, flat edge blade
or one that states "never need sharpening," you will in short
time need to sharpen.
Why? Because all knives become dull; they loose their edge. Not by wearing
away, as is commonly thought, but by the edge folding over on itself from
the impact of cutting.
Fortunately, there are many knife sharpeners and honing options available.
What Does a Knife Sharpener Do?
1. Straightens and
conditions the knife's edge
2. Creates a sharper
new edge by using abrasives
a Complete Selection of Knife Sharpeners:
- wusthof 2 stage
- chef's choice
priced from: $19.95
Knife Sharpener Choices:
- 1) Electric Knife Sharpener
Pros: Easy to use, no skill required! A quality multistage sharpener
that comes with a built-in angle guide makes sharpening a breeze. Some
sharpen both serrated and flat blades. For Japanese and Asian knives,
look for an Asian sharpener that can handle this kitchen knife's 15
degree angled blade.
Cons: A Bad quality sharpener can distemper and weaken your knife's
Best Brands: # 1 Chefs Choice. Other good brands? Presto EverSharp,
Russel Hobbs, Waring, Kershaw and Shun.
Learn more: read electric knife sharpener review
- 2) Manual Sharpener
Pros: Quality diamond abrasive 1, 2 and 3 stage sharpeners are effective,
safe and easy to use. Some sharpen both serrated and flat blades.
Cons: Vary in quality.
Best Brands: AccuSharp, Chef's Choice, Global Mino Sharp Plus, Wusthof
Carbide, Henckels and Furi TechEdge Pro.
BEST in MANUAL SHARPENERS FOR ASIAN KNIVES:
Choice Diamond Hone Asian Sharpener
This manual sharpener was given "Highly Recommended"
status by Cook's Illustrated Magazine reviewers in the November
2009 issue. This sharpener is good for both single or double beveled
15 degree angled blades.
- 3) Diamond or Ceramic Steel
Pros: If used correctly these tools can be very good at straightening
and reconditioning the edge of an already sharp knife. (Will not sharpen
blunt/ dull knives).
Cons: Unfortunately, these sharpeners require a good amount of practice
and skill. If you buy one, take time to learn so that you don't damage
- 4) Sharpening Stone, Whetstone, Japanese Waterstone
Pros: Useful for grinding and honing the edges of cutlery. Japanese
knife manufacturer Global, makes a ceramic whetstone in fine, medium,
and rough grit stones. Kershaw makes a combination whetstone.
Cons: Similar to sharpening steels, these tools take significant
skill and require a steady hand. To sharpen must use a consistent and
accurate angle from bolster to tip. Stones can be messy.
- 5) Professional Sharpening Services
Pros: Restores and regrinds edge for sharpness.
Cons: Not all offer good quality sharpening services. Stay away
from pro machines where sparks fly, these too-hot machines will distemper
and weaken your blade.