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Knife Sharpener Reviews

Updated on January 11, 2010

Kitchen Knife Sharpener

If you use your kitchen knives regularly, then you probably notice that the blade will wear down and become dull with ease of regular usage. This is why having a knife sharpener is pretty handy to have in the kitchen.

The hand sharpeners can be a great start, but if you don't have the time or energy to hand sharpen your knives, you'll probably want to consider an electric knife sharpener. Just keep in mind when searching for the perfect knife sharpener, you'll want to consider all the options because you'll find that just because one brand and model may be more expensive than another, that doesn't necessarily mean that it's better.

When choosing a knife sharpener for your kitchen, you want to consider the safety of the product, as you will be sharpening knives, as well as the end result because you do want to make sure that whichever product that you purchase will provide a sharp tipped knife blade.

There are many knife sharpeners that you will have to look through, so consider the following features when making your decision.

  • Does the sharpener rubber base or suction cups so that it sticks to the countertop while in use?
  • Will the sharpener sharpen and hone the blades for the most efficient job well done?
  • Is there any kind of warranty in case something goes wrong?
  • Is the knife sharpener easy to use or does it require a little bit of manpower to ensure a sharp knife blade?
  • Is the sharpener compact, or will it have to sit on the counter at all times? (Can it be stored easily?)
  • Is the product within your budget?

There may be many different features that you are looking for when buying an knife sharpener, so keep them all in mind. It won't hurt to shop aroudn a bit before you make your final purchase.

Presto Pro EverSharp Electric Knife Sharpener

  • Uses professional grade sapphirite wheels
  • Features blade guides that hold the knife at the ideal angle
  • 2 stage sharpening system
  • 2 year limited warranty

For the price, the Presto Pro electric knife sharpener is perfect. You don't have to pay $100 for a good knife sharpener, but at the same time there's no need to hand sharpen a knife. Electric knife sharpeners make life so much easier, and the Presto Pro is amazingly quick with a simple, fool-proof design.

The 2 system sharpener grinds and sharpens the knife in stage 1 and then hones it in stage to in order to provide the sharpest edge for cutting knives made of alloy, carbon, or stainless steel. You can even sharpen your non-electric serrated knifes that are serrated on just one side. It may not seem normal, but it's fine if you experience sparks flying when steel blades come in contact with the sharpening wheel. 

You'll find that the Presto Pro sharpener features three suction cups on the bottom of the machine, which is ideal for safety, holding the kitchen accessory onto the table or countertop. And, the receptacles underneath will catch the metal fillings to make disposal simple and easy.

J.A. Henckels Twin Sharp Duo Knife Sharpener

  • Suitable for right and left handed people
  • Works with all knives that have a fine edge
  • 2 stage sharpening
  • Rubber feet prevent skidding

The JA Henchkels knife sharpener combines two sections for different sharpening and honing. The first module is for course sharpening and pre-sharpening, and the second module is for fine sharpening and smoothing. When using this knife sharpener, you'll want to use a little pressure towards yourself, and repeat up to  5 times when sharpening the dullest blades. For very blunt blades, you'll need to use the first section and then the second in order to get the blade to its original sharpness.

For the price, the Henchkels sharpener is a good buy, but in some cases, with certain knives you may find that the knives were sharper when straight out of the box, but you will be able to restore your knives to being perfectly adequate for use.

For the most part, this knife sharpener is easy to use, and a good buy.

Chef's Choice 300 Diamond Hone Knife Sharpener

  • Ideal for carbon and stainless steel knives
  • 2 stage system
  • Magnetic guides hold blade in place
  • 1 year warranty against defects

The Chef's Choice knife sharpener takes a little longer than other sharpeners. You may also find that the product will heat up after sharpening a few knives, and it will smell like something is burning. If you plan on spending a day sharpening all of your knives, space them out. You may also find that the magnetic guide works well to a point, but to some degree it will move your hand further from the guide, making it harder to keep alignment straight.

As for the overall sharpening skills of the knife sharpener, you'll find that it may not make the knives as brand knew, but the sharpener will create an adequate sharpness for the kitchen. The two different stages work together to sharpen and hone your knives, which is perfect to sharpening your knife to a near-razor's edge point.

Furi Rachael Ray Ozitech Diamond Fingers Pro Knife Sharpener

  • Features 8 diamond-coated Ozitech fingers
  • Sets the edge bevels and hones at the same time
  • Clam shell unfolds in seconds to provide a strong handle and safety guards
  • Folds for easy storage

The Diamond Fingers ensure that within a few swipes, your knives will be sharpened to a fine point, and with the revolutionary technology, the knife sharpener provides fast and easy sharp results. The product sharpens and ones any knife brand with ease; all you have to do is put the blade down and back through the diamond-coated fingers and the sharpener sets the edge bevels and hones the edge at the same time. This knife sharpener eliminates error and guesswork. The best part is that it folds to a smaller size for easy storage, and easily unfolds for use.

The main concern you may see is that the latch on the clam shell case can be considered a little weak, but if that's the only issue, this product is considered ideal for your kitchen.

It may have an unconventional shape and look, but the knife sharpener is fast and easy to use.


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      Sasha 7 years ago

      I found a new one called the AnySharp, but I don't know whether it would work. Here's their website: Do you think it would actually sharpen knives that well?

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      sabrebIade 8 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Maybe I'll try these.

      I have never been able to get a knife sharpener to actually work.