The best knife sharpener is the one that satisfies your requirements and makes you feel safe and comfortable. Generally, people choose a knife sharpener that they can really handle. Some are more comfortable working freehand, while others aren’t that handy and prefer knife sharpening systems.
Here are the most popular tools that are used to sharpen knives:
- Diamond stones
- Sharpening rods/steels
- Sharpening wheels
- Manual sharpeners
- Electric sharpeners
Although many people prefer to use the electric sharpener nowadays, the other options are still popular among those who feel more comfortable around basic tools such as a whetstone. Here’s why every one of these options are suitable for a different kind of public:
Sharpening stones – those of you who are experienced in knife sharpening know that this method is easy to learn. However, you must become confident before managing to sharpen your knives easily and quickly. Choose a stone that has a medium grit and one with a fine grit. Make sure that you know how to use it and soak it in water or oil before using it. Maintain the right angle by sustaining the blade with your fingers, make sure that you place it on a flat surface and put a little pressure wile sliding it against the stone. If you enjoy bonding with the blade, you will end up loving this technique.
Sharpening rods/steels – this method is ideal for you if you feel more comfortable holding the tool with your hand, rather than placing it on a surface. Sharpening rods have uneven surfaces that are great for knife honing, but not enough for very dull knives. You can use this tool after every use, as it will not remove metal for the blade, but rather straighten it and smoothen it.
Sharpening wheels – these tools are mostly used by professionals who own a knife sharpening workshop. They can be dangerous if you don’t know how to use them and they are not generally designed for home use.
Manual sharpeners – these devices are great for those who aren’t too handy or do not find pleasure in sharpening a knife the classic way. The entire sharpening process is less time consuming and more effective. Such devices usually have ergonomic handles and one or two stages that includes two or more sharpening slots. The abrasive materials can be found inside the slots, where the blade of the knife must be inserted. The sliding motion is easy and takes place in a steady, secure way.
Electric sharpeners – electric sharpeners are similar to manual sharpeners, but they are powered by electricity. Their main advantage is that they can sharpen a blade in less than one minute, no matter how dull it is. These devices usually have two or three sharpening stages: a very coarse one, a finer one and an extra-fine one. When using such a device, the sharpening process becomes easier, faster and more efficient than ever.
In most professionals’ opinion, a diamond stone is the best choice for those who enjoy the whole manual sharpening experience. On the other hand, the best option for those who are always on a rush is the electric sharpener, that practically does it all by itself. So, what will your choice be?