Being a self-proclaimed sharpness snob myself it would not be right if I didn’t write a review on knife sharpeners. If you spent good money on a really sharp knife you’d want to keep it that way and if you’re still using dulled knives after months of struggling with tough food then it’s time to get them sharpened properly.
There are so many types of knife sharpeners that it could be a tough choice if you didn’t know which type to use. Let’s make it simple here but if you want to understand more in detail you can click this link.
What Type of Knife Sharpener to Get
- For Western, carbon steel kitchen knives – Hone regularly with sharpening steel or rod and use an electric sharpener, hand sharpener or stone sharpener once every few months.
- For Japanese, carbon steel kitchen knives – Hone regularly with sharpening steel or rod and use a whetstone or Japanese water stones once every couple months.
- For stainless steel kitchen knives – Regularly use a pull-through sharpener and use a diamond based stone sharpener or diamond abrasive electric sharpener once every few months.
- For ceramic knives – Use diamond stones or diamond based sharpeners when they’ve grown dull, usually after six months or a year.
Best Knife Sharpeners
Best Electric Knife Sharpener – Presto 08810
Electric knife sharpeners are the fastest and most convenient way to reclaim the edge of your Western and German knives, and the Presto 08810 is the best you can get for a reasonable price.
I was skeptical at first but this electric knife sharpener really sharpens knives to a professional edge. The 08810 is a newer model than the 08800 which was a best selling knife sharpener as well. This newer model has 3 stages instead of 2, so you can get a more refined edge compared to the older, popular model.
I started with some cheap, dull knives in the sharpener’s stage 1, and a noticeable amount of metal was taken off to create a new edge. After running through stage 2 and 3 to refine the edge, the knives had become sharper than they ever were.
Hint 1: If you sharpen your knives often, you don’t have to use stage 1. Stage 1 is for really dull knives.
Hint 2: it’s good to practice with some cheap knives if you haven’t used an electric knife sharpener before so that you won’t accidentally ruin your best knife.
You can use this sharpener on all your expensive German knives like Wusthof Classic and Henckels as long as you’re confident with your sharpening skill. Buy it here at Amazon.
Best Handheld Knife Sharpener – AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener
While this is not the best knife sharpener to use on your Wusthofs and Henckels, it’s a really cheap and portable knife sharpener for those stainless steel knives, and this handheld sharpener can give any dull knife a good edge.
The best thing about this little handheld sharpener compared to others of its kind is that it can sharpen serrated blades as well. This is handy as many sharpeners don’t do that.
Be sure to sharpen your knife on a surface that you can easily clean up or use it somewhere outdoors, as there will be steel dust that remains afterwards. Buy this here at Amazon.
Best Sharpening Stone for Japanese Knives – King Two Sided Sharpening Stone #1000 & #6000
As Japanese kitchen knives have blades with a differently angled edge than Western knives, it’s advisable to use only whetstones or water stones on them as not to damage the edge. King is one of the top brands when it comes to Japanese water stones and this combination stone has two sides for fine honing your Japanese knives.
I keep my Japanese knives sharp at all time, which is how they should be, and that means I don’t wait until they’re really dull to put them to the stone. The #1000 grit side is good enough for a mildly dull knife and #6000 grit will give the sharpened edge a fine honing for a polished and very sharp finish. Buy this here at Amazon.
If you have very dull Japanese knives, you’d want to get a stone with #250 or #300 grit to quickly put an angle to the edge before moving to #1000 and #6000. I recommend this one.
Best Diamond Knife Sharpener – DMT FWFC Double Sided Diafold Sharpener
Diamond is not just a girl’s best friend, but also a chef’s best friend especially if the chef likes to use ceramic kitchen knives. Diamond is the only substance that is hard enough to sharpen ceramic. This diamond knife sharpener from DMT is the best you can get, for a few reasons.
Firstly, DMT makes the best diamond surface of them all, with great coverage and uniform sized diamonds, which means even sharpening. The dimples are meant for containing the metal dust while sharpening so that it doesn’t impede the process (you’ll need to give it a rinse and dry afterward).
Secondly, this diamond sharpener has two sides with different coarseness/fineness for a more refined sharpening. Getting one sharpener with two sides is certainly cheaper than buying two of different coarseness.
Last but not least, this knife sharpener is a handy file you can also use for other tools like scissors, pocket knives and even garden tools. Buy this here at Amazon.
This diamond sharpener doesn’t sharpen serrated knives though. If you’re looking for a diamond knife sharpener for serrated knives, get this one.
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