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Top 10 Knife Sharpeners

Knife Sharpener


There isn't a person out there that doesn't use knives in the kitchen (and elsewhere) from the novice cook to the experience chef. We use them to cut into our steaks, skin chicken, julienne our vegetables and even open boxes; you get the picture. It's kind of funny that when it comes to this often used, multi-purpose kitchen utensil, maintenance is often ignored, even when its sharp, useful edge looses it cutting power. If this sounds like you, and you long for the day when your favorite kitchen knife could slice straight through just about anything effortlessly, invest in a knife sharpener to get back that shiny, razor sharp edge.

10 Best Knife Sharpeners 2014

Presto EverSharp 08800
#1 - Presto EverSharp 08800
Two-Stage System, Precision Blade Guides, Sapphirite Sharpening Wheels
Rapidly rotating Sapphirite grinding wheels and blade guides makes this stuff the ideal sharpening machine suitable for anyone desiring the same top quality sharpening results achieved by professional shops at home.
Ratings : Presto EverSharp 08800 Ratings
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Zwilling J.A. Henckels
#2 - Zwilling J.A. Henckels
2 Modules (Coarse/Fine), Non-skid Rubber Feet, Right- & Left-Handed Usable
There are two modules: coarse and fine sharpening. This unit is the perfect size as it fits nicely in small spaces or even inside a drawer. It is designed not to skid on the countertop for added safety and comfortable use.
Ratings : Zwilling J.A. Henckels Ratings

Presto EverSharp 08810
#3 - Presto EverSharp 08810
3 Stage System for Kitchen & Sport Knives, Interchangeable Blade Guides
With its interchangeable blade guides that can hold a knife at just the right sharpening angle to produce perfectly sharpened knives every time. Perfectly sharpens fillet knives, hunting knives and all your kitchen knives to perfection.
Ratings : Presto EverSharp 08810 Ratings

Wusthof Precision Edge 2922-7
#4 - Wusthof Precision Edge 2922-7
2 Stage: Hard Carbide Steel Blades & Fine Ceramic Rods, Rubberized Base
It has a ceramic side and a carbide side to insure the best performance and results are possible for every knife you sharpen. Perfect for those seeking a solid performer that is stable and durable.
Ratings : Wusthof Precision Edge 2922-7 Ratings

Chef's Choice 220
#5 - Chef's Choice 220
2 Stages; Electric & Manual, 100% Diamond Abrasive, Safe for All Knives
This model includes manual and electric sharpening with 100% diamond abrasive wheels that make all the difference when it comes to creating a burr-free consistent edge. It gives razor sharp edges to both straight and serrated knives.
Ratings : Chef's Choice 220 Ratings

AccuSharp 015C
#6 - AccuSharp 015C
Knife/Garden/Scissors, Diamond-honed Tungsten Carbide, Dishwasher Safe
It's effective, easy to use and the fact that it comes with a lifetime warranty. The tools are easy to use and they are made in the USA. The Diamond-honed Tungsten Carbide is industrial-quality assuring the user of function and performance as well as durability.
Ratings : AccuSharp 015C Ratings

Chef's Choice 120
#7 - Chef's Choice 120
3 Stages for Straight-edge & Serrated Blades, Precision Angle Control
It is vital to have sharp knives to protect the quality and function of fine kitchen or professional knives. It is recommended for all types of knives from sporting to kitchen use even serrated and has the three stages to accomplish any sharpening need.
Ratings : Chef's Choice 120 Ratings

Chef's Choice 130
#8 - Chef's Choice 130
3 Stages , 100% Diamond Abrasives, Slexible Stropping Disk, Angle-Guides
This is a complete solution to most sharpening needs in one convenient and professional machine. It can sharpen most types and brands of knives at home. It does many of the tasks desired in one compact unit.
Ratings : Chef's Choice 130 Ratings

Kyocera DS-50
#9 - Kyocera DS-50
Electric Metal & Ceramic Knives Sharpening, Diamond Grinding Stone #600
It creates a near- factory like sharpening result at home without having to mail away your knives and doing it at home will save lots of money. It allows you to have pride in your ability to sharpen your own knives in the comfort of your home.
Ratings : Kyocera DS-50 Ratings

Wusthof Precision Edge 2944-7
#10 - Wusthof Precision Edge 2944-7
4 Stage for Asian & Standard Knives, Hard Carbide Blades, Fine Ceramic Rods
It is designed specifically for Asian style knives but can also sharpen standard kitchen knives. The unit is small and light and very easy to use. This is the perfect sharpener for those who may have experienced difficulty getting the proper angle with other units.
Ratings : Wusthof Precision Edge 2944-7 Ratings

How to Choose

Before you buy your knife sharpener you'll need to consider things like the kind of sharpness and precision you need; what will you be cutting? You'll also want to take into account precisely what type of steel the knives you own are made from, if you'll be sharpening various lengths of blades, and if your blade tapers from the tip to the handle and/or if it is double edged.

When it comes to knife sharpeners you have some options available to you. Depending on how much you want to spend you can choose between electric sharpeners that you just turn on, put the blade in and let it do the job for you but require skill, or you can go for manual sharpeners that make you put the work in but allows you get them perfectly polished and sharpened without issue. Manual sharpeners include simple sharpening stones while others call for a bit more effort and training.

Electric Sharpener:
If you decide to go with the electric knife sharpener then you'll want to make sure that you are careful placing the knife in depending on its size. If your knife has a bolster than you'll want to put only about 70% of the entire blade into the sharpener and hold it there while it is polished; if you aren't careful it can end up ruining the sharpest edge of the blade. If you are sharpening a knife that doesn't have a bolster then you'll be able to sharpen the whole thing at once. While they are electric they do require you to pay attention and carefully follow the instructions that come with the knife sharpener.

Manual Sharpener:
Sharpening your knives by hand is the way to go as long as you don't mind getting used to manually sharpening your knives. With a little practice you'll be sharpening your knives to perfection in no time if you practice a bit. Maintenance on these manual knife sharpeners is simple as well and most of it are also much smaller and easy to store.

Whether you are using sharpening stones or ceramic manual sharpeners they are definitely the safer bet however if you follow the directions electronic knife sharpeners do wonders as well and are easy to use, for an almost instant sharpening experience.

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