Best Knife Sharpener

Every good knife needs to be sharpened once in awhile with a good knife sharpener. If you need tips choosing the best knife sharpener - whether it is an electric knife sharpener, a sharpening stone or whetstone, pocket sharpener or diamond sharpener - read our guide here.

Here are our top picks for the best knife sharpeners of different types. 

Choosing the Best Knife Sharpener

Knife sharpeners come in several types. There are sharpening stones or whetstones, electric knife sharpeners, handheld or pocket knife sharpeners and diamond knife sharpeners. How do you distinguish the best knife sharpener to buy for the type of kitchen knife you own? 

The sharpening stone or whetstone is affordable but also the hardest to master. You shall need the skill to sharpen both sides of the knife evenly. This type of knife sharpener is the best for Japanese knives. Japanese kitchen knives edges have an uncommon angle and cannot be sharpened using just any electric knife sharpener.

The electric knife sharpener is generally the easiest to use and requires the least skill. Nevertheless it is advised that you practice on cheap knives first. All you have to do is pull the knife in one smooth motion through the slot. Usually there are 2 to 3 numbered slots for refining the edge.

The hand held sharpener is a small knife sharpener that can be kept in the pocket. It is easily portable and easy to use, even on serrated knives. The downside is that it will take a lot of metal off your knives, reducing their lifespan.

The diamond knife sharpener is a must for ceramic knives. Ceramic is a hard material that can only be efficiently sharpened by diamond or ceramic. Diamond knife sharpeners may be expensive, but they'll last forever.

With this in mind you should be able to find a suitable knife sharpener for your set of knives.


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