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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

Find a Complete Selection of Knife Sharpeners:

- wusthof 2 stage
- presto
- chef's choice
- furi
- henckels

priced from: $19.95

Knife Sharpener Choices:

  • 1) Electric Knife Sharpener

    : 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.

    : A Bad quality sharpener can distemper and weaken your knife's blade.

    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

    : Quality diamond abrasive 1, 2 and 3 stage sharpeners are effective, safe and easy to use. Some sharpen both serrated and flat blades.

    : Vary in quality.

    Best Brands: AccuSharp, Chef's Choice, Global Mino Sharp Plus, Wusthof Carbide, Henckels and Furi TechEdge Pro.


    Chef's Choice Diamond Hone Asian Sharpener . $39.99
    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

    : 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).

    : 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 the blade.

  • 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.

    : 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

    : Restores and regrinds edge for sharpness.

    : 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.

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