Best Knife Sharpener Review
Best Knife Sharpener Review
If you are looking for an easy to follow review guide to help choose which knife sharpening system is the best for you, then you have come to the right place.
Here you will find a knife sharpening system that suits your budget and your needs. Whether you want a good knife sharpener that's easy to use and makes your knives sharp or you are looking for a special sharpener for a particular type of knife, I am going to cover all options. I am not going to baffle you with angles and types of Damascus steel, I will keep it simple and easy to understand.
If it's an electric knife sharpener you need or a good sharpening / honing steel, or something ceramic for a certain type of knife, I can point you in the right direction. I have used lots of different knife sharpening steels, whet stones and ceramic honing systems in my role as a Chef, however I also wanted to get other people's opinions on what the best systems are so I also asked my butcher and my fishmonger what they use and taken their input into consideration when making my recommendations.I even asked the ladies at the Women`s Institute (WI) their opinion on the matter. Most of the ladies at the WI actually said that their husbands' were the best knife sharpeners in world :-) One WI lady even said her front door step is what you need to keep your kitchen knives sharp!Although personally I would not recommend that.
There is no point in telling you to buy a diamond steel if you can't use it or have no need for one. Or recommending an electric sharpening system if you will not use it enough to make it worth the money that you would spend. I will start by saying the better the sharpener Is.The better the sharp edge of the knife, and the longer it will last.
NOTE: Please remember to wipe or wash your knife after sharpening to remove any tiny metal fillings,
The Pull Through Easy To Use Best Knife Sharpener
These will also sharpen scissors and serrated knives
I have started off with the pull through knife sharpening system because they are good, easy to use and they bring any blunt knife back to being sharp. With this type of system you don't need to worry about what angle to hold the knife at, you just need to pull the knife through the groove a few times and you're done. They remove only tiny amounts of metal to get a great edge again.
However if you have soft steel blades or other softer bladed knives, this system is not for you as it will tend to wear softer metals away after long periods of use.
Best knife Sharpener The Easy To Use - Anysharp #1
In my view this is the best pull through knife sharpener, The 'Anysharp knife sharpener' really surprised me on just how well it did, You will see my own one in the image above. It's good because it really sticks to the worktop, so you don't need to hold it whilst sharpening your knives, which can be dangerous for beginners. I found that this knife sharpener makes sharpening knives really easy, This one also comes in different colours.
Best Ceramic Knife Sharpener
Best Ceramic Wheel Water Sharpener #2
This is slightly different to the other pull through systems I have shown you so far. It is still a pull through system, and it has little wheels inside and a little chamber you need to put water in. Three of my fellow Chefs have these and rate them highly. Remember to empty the water out after use as it will get smelly if left for a long period of time.
This type of knife sharpening system is probably not needed for most people at home. It will do a great job, and for the average person one of the above two will be sufficient. However if you cook a lot, and so are using and sharpening your knives often, then this system will be ideal for you,This one is from the maker of high quality kitchen knives, and I say it is a sharpener that will be as good and last as long as the knives they make. It is also easy to use and will take up little space in your kitchen or toolbox. It will get a superb sharp edge on any knife with just a few pulls threw the groove.
Best Knife Sharpening Steels / Honing Steel
The Best Sharpening Steel / Best Honing Steel
Ok the steel, or honing steel as I believe it is also called in America.
These are used widely in the catering trade. Us Chefs, the butcher and fishmonger, in fact most people that use a knife daily, will have one of these. There are a few different types - the diamond steel, the traditional steel/ honing steel and the ceramic steel.
I have come across people trying to go really fast using the steel, like you see some celebrity Chefs do, but they have not got their technique right, so it will not be effective! You need to keep the correct angle as you do it. It's pointless going really fast if you don't have the angle right and are not doing it properly. Start off slowly, keeping the correct angle and over time you will find you naturally get faster, while still getting a great sharp edge.
One top tip is don`t rush like you see people doing it fast. Well unless you know what you are doing.
You want to keep the angle right on both sides of the knife blade as you run the knife down the steel. Trying to do it to fast too soon will make your angles all different and not get getting a good result. You will notice over time you speed up.
Best Knife Sharpening Steel
Best Diamond Sharpening Steel #1
This is a diamond steel I have one at home and I also use one at work. I find that they just put a really good edge on my knives with just a few flicks. I do find that with my high usage at work will wear down after a year or two, but for the price this is to be expected. You get what you pay for. These are still really are good sharpening steels and will last a long time for home use. I still have my original one at home.
Best Wusthof Knife Sharpening Steel
Best Traditional Sharpening Steel, Best Honing Steel
This is the traditional steel, Best Honing Steel
Wusthof make some super knives and this steel is just great as well not too coarse not too smooth its just right. My butcher has had his one of these he thinks for over ten years,
I feel if your good at using a steel this is good for you, I find the diamond steel better for my style.
Best Ceramic Knife Sharpening Steel
Best Ceramic Knife Sharpening Steel #3
This is the ceramic steel. In my opinion they work very well.These steels are actually recommended for certain knife brands, so check and see if they are suggested for your knives. By far the biggest advantage with the ceramic steel is that they never wear out! A word of warning - I have seen one fall on to the tiled floor and break in two, so be careful not to drop yours. But don't let that put you off, they really are very good sharpeners.
The Best Electric Knife Sharpener
So we come to the electric knife sharpener. I have to say I would never have thought of using one until I started reviewing them. I first used one at my butchers when he invited me to make sausages with him. He has one that he runs his knives through every day to take out any burrs in the knife blades. The other one I tried belonged to an older lady who is my neighbour. Hers was a lot cheaper than the Butcher's one and it still did a great job!
My butcher swears by this electric sharpener, and he uses it every day. His is a few years old and is still going strong. This would be ideal for someone who wants a better finish to their knives, so perfect for the budding Chef. It is slightly more money and also gives a slightly better sharp edge to the knife
Best Electric Knife Sharpener Review #1
EverSharp Best Electric Knife Sharpener
This is a very good system and will be perfect for anyone to use. My elderly neighbour has this one. It's very easy to use if you have trouble with your hands, and so is ideal for older people and those with weaker hands or arthritis. I found this one was also good to sharpen scissors with.
Best Electric Knife Sharpener Review #2
The Best Knife Sharpening Stone. Best Whetstone
These are obviously the oldest form of knife sharpening system. It may be old but it is still one of the best if you have the tie and the skill. I would recommend watching some videos on YouTube about how to use these to fully understand the techniques and get a good result with your knives.
Best Whet knife Sharpening Stone
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