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The Best Knife Sharpeners

Updated on November 5, 2010

Purchasing and using knife sharpeners in the kitchen makes perfect sense. If you're kitchen knives are steel bladed, they'll need maintaining to prolong their funcionality. Let's face it - you can't do much with a blunt knife. 

A sharpener will also prevent rusting, as they clean the blade edge when you bring the blade back to rights. Most kitchen knives will require a run through these hand kitchen tools sooner or later and if you value your knives, you need to have one to hand.

The products featured below are the best sharpening tools on the market and each one has it's own advantages. The one that you purchase should be the one that fits both your budget and your knife set - and as each one is a top rated sharpener, you won't go far wrong choosing from the selection found here.

AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener
AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener

AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener

The AccuSharp is a great example of the best compact knife sharpeners. It's neat, well designed, easy to store away and yet it does an awesome job or returning blades to a precision sharpness. You simply place your knife upside down and run the AccuSharp up and down the blade.

What's even more awesome about it is the price - less than 10 bucks. A few strokes along the blade will hone a knife back into shape, and all without any real effort on your part. It works just as well with a serrated edge as it does a straight blade and its design makes it incredibly simple to use. An amazing kitchen tool, the quality and performance far outweighs the price tag. Buy it.

Wsthof 2-Stage Knife Sharpener
Wsthof 2-Stage Knife Sharpener

Wüsthof 2-Stage Knife Sharpener

The Wüsthof is the best of the knife sharpeners that come into the $20 dollar range. It's a two stage sharpener - the carbide steel blades take care of the rough and the ceramic side takes care of the smooth. After a few passes through each side, you end up with a blade that's honed to perfection.

It's pretty straight forward to use, and the design means you don't have to try and work out what angle the blade should be inserted at. It's also top notch for scissors, as it will work both right and left handed blades with equal measure. The non-slip pad adds to its stability when in use and it hones time and again without losing its own edge. A no mess, no fuss kitchen tool and worth every cent of the price tag.

Presto Pro EverSharp Electric Knife Sharpener
Presto Pro EverSharp Electric Knife Sharpener

Presto Pro EverSharp Electric Knife Sharpener

The Presto Pro is the best of the electric knife sharpeners and is a surprisingly good quality kitchen tool. Many tend to opt for non-electric models, perhaps because the act of knife sharpening down the ages has always been a manual task. However, the Presto removes the need for you to do anything other than feed the blade through both sides in order to hone the knife back to its original state.

The sapphirite sharpening wheels are of a professional grade and a do an awesome job of removing the nicks and dullness before finishing the blade off with a well honed edge. This sharpener not only sharpens blades, it delivers an edge that will last for weeks, if not months, at a time. That's the quality of its ability to work a blade to a superior level. The best electric knife sharpeners don't come along often. Don't let this one get away.

Fiskars 7861 Axe and Knife Sharpener
Fiskars 7861 Axe and Knife Sharpener

Fiskars 7861 Axe and Knife Sharpener

The Fiskars 7861 is the best axe and knife sharpener in its class. Despite its rather basic appearance, it can deliver an edge to a blade that's amazingly sharp - more so when you realise that it can sharpen both kitchen knives and axes. Most sharpeners work with knives alone and, on, occasion scissors. The fact that this model also sharpens axe heads is a huge plus. If you split logs and spend a lot of time cooking up a storm in the kitchen, this is the sharpener for you.

The ceramic wheel is the heart of the sharpener and the built in hand guard and non-slip feet prevent unhappy accidents. The Fiskars is effective, it's efficient and thoroughly recommended as a dual purpose kitchen tool. And if the fact that it performs so well wasn't enough - it retails for less than 10 bucks. Best bargain buy to be had in a long age.

Spyderco Sharpmaker Knife Sharpener 204MF
Spyderco Sharpmaker Knife Sharpener 204MF

Spyderco Sharpmaker Knife Sharpener 204MF

The Spyderco Tri-Angle is the best modern version of a whetstone knife sharpener. Designed around old school sharpening, Spyderco have created an innovative contemporary whetstone that uses four separate high alumina ceramic stones. Two of them are medium grit, used for aggressive sharpening and the second pair are for the honing. 

As the stones are ceramic, they're a modern twist on whetstones as they lack the need to use oils and/or water when sharpening. The base has been drilled through, to allow for securing to a surface and there's also a handy DVD that clearly explains how they work and how to use them. Used as per the instructions, the Spyderco  will deliver a beautifully honed blade, time and again. At just over 50, this is an amazing modern whetstone set up and will suit anyone the prefers to sharpen their kitchen knives and blades the old fashioned way.


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