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How Much Does Knife Sharpening Cost?

How Much Does Knife Sharpening Cost?

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We are guessing that the answer to the question above lies in your hands. You are the only one who can determine how much knife sharpening costs. However, at times, it might also be determined by the types of knives you own. It would depend on the sort of blades that the knives have.

Before we even dive into the cost of knife sharpening, we will look at how to find out if a knife is blunt and needs to be sharpened. The first thing that you should do if you want to know whether a blade is sharp or not is to hold the blade at a safe distance away from your face and study it’s edge.

If you see lesions, indentions, or unevenness, you should know that it is time for you to sharpen the knife. That is the moment when you know that you either have to look for a knife sharpener or a professional to get the job done for you.

Knife Sharpening Cost

If you were to go for a professional service to sharpen your blades, they would charge anywhere between $5 and $10, depending on the amount of damage on the knife or the level of dullness. This would mean that if you sharpen your knives at least twice a month, you would spend anywhere between $10 and $20 per knife.

That is pretty absurd, especially when you can buy a knife sharpener and get the job done yourself. It would save you both time and money. There are special cases in which you have to seek the services of professional knife sharpeners, even if you already own a knife sharpener.

For instance, cases involving bread knives. They have serrated edges that were sharpened at the factory. Sharpening them yourself could easily damage the knives as the curves would not be even and neither would be the angles.

On the other hand, if you own a knife with a smooth edge, it could save you a lot if you have your own knife sharpener. There are many good manual knife sharpeners that cost less than $20 and could possibly last you a lifetime as long as you change the blades whenever they need maintenance. This would, however, entail that you use the knife sharpeners the right way.

Knife sharpeners come in many different makes, shapes, sizes and with different features. Check out the different types of knife sharpeners that you could opt for below:

  • Sharpening Stones
  • Sharpening Steels
  • Pull-Through or Manual Knife Sharpeners
  • Electric Knife Sharpers
  • Knife Sharpening Systems

They all come at varying costs with sharpening stones being the cheapest ones, while electric knife sharpeners being probably the costliest of them with their prices varying, depending on their different features. Electric knives are probably the easiest ones to use, followed closely by manual knife sharpeners.

Because of the fact that the electric knife sharpeners are costly, you might want to consider going for the manual ones that cost anywhere from $10 to $25.

The manual knife sharpeners also come with different features. There are those that can sharpen only certain types of blades, while there are also those that sharpen virtually any blade that can be sharpened.

They also come with different types of stone materials for sharpening, with diamond being the hardest and longest lasting. Those are some of the features that make them vary in cost.


This brings us back to our initial conclusion on the question, “How much does it cost to sharpen a knife?” If you choose to go to professional knife sharpeners, it will cost you more than if you opted to purchase your own knife sharpener. This means that only you can determine how much it costs to sharpen a knife.

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