What is a Good Knife Sharpener?
We all love having razor-sharp knives in our homes because they get work done more efficiently and also happen to be safer. Dull knives require people to use more energy to cut through and this could lead to slipping out of the hand and causing injury.
Sharp knives make cutting effortless and not only in the house. When you’re out camping, you would want to have a sharp hunting or survival knife and when working in the garden, you would want sharp tools such as shears for trimming the flowers.
That is the reason why it is important for us to make sure that we own a knife sharpener. How can you determine whether a blade is sharp or not?
The first step towards knowing whether a blade is sharp or not is by holding the blade at a safe distance away from your face and looking at it.
If you see lesions or indentions or if it looks uneven, you should know that it is time for you to sharpen the knife. The moment that you find that you have a dull blade, it is time for you to look for a knife sharpener.
Knife sharpeners come in all sorts of makes, shapes, sizes and with different features. It is up to the end user to determine what works best for them.
There are knife sharpeners that can handle only certain types of blades, while there are others that sharpen virtually any blade. There are also stones that are used for sharpening, manual knife sharpeners, and electric knife sharpeners. The big question is, how do you determine the right knife sharpener to purchase?
In this article, we are going to try and figure out what a good knife sharpener is so that you can know what to look for when you go shopping.
Types of Good Knife Sharpeners
- Sharpening Stones
- Sharpening Steels
- Pull-Through or Manual Knife Sharpeners
- Electric Knife Sharpers
- Knife Sharpening Systems
Now, you must be asking yourself what features a good knife sharpener should have. Check out the list below:
- Good performance, producing smooth edges without nicks or scratches
- A hard, abrasive material such as diamond because this is the material that can sharpen any types of knives best and also lasts longer
- An accurate, adjustable angle guide to keep the knives in good shape
- Multiple sharpening stages for sharpening dull knives (coarse sharpening), finer sharpening and even ceramic sharpening
- Adequate safety features such as a barrier between the fingers and knife as well as rubber legs to prevent the knife sharpener from sliding on the counter and damaging other things or itself by falling onto the ground
- A decent warranty backed by good customer service, especially for the costlier electric knife sharpeners. You wouldn’t want to buy an expensive knife sharpener only for it to become faulty you realizing that it has no warranty and very poor customer care service that does not really care as long as you purchased the product
What to Look for in a Pull-Through Knife Sharpeners
In this article, we are going to focus on pull-through/manual knife sharpeners since they are the most commonly used ones. What do you need to know about a manual knife sharpener before purchasing one? Below, we are going to look at some of the things to look for:
- Ease of use
- Different sharpening options – You would want to go for a manual sharpener that has slots for ceramic sharpening, coarse sharpening and fine sharpening. These are bound to sharpen more types of blades
- Varied Angles – Go for a knife sharpener that has adjustable angles. The adjuster is usually a knob that enables you to get the right angles for each knife
- Replaceable components – If you purchase a knife sharpener that has replaceable parts such as blades, you are bound to have it longer since all you have to do is replace the damaged or worn part instead of tossing away the whole knife sharpener and purchasing a new one
At least, you now know what qualities a good knife sharpener should have. We are personally in favor of manual knife sharpeners.
However, everyone has their preferences. Just remember to make sure that it meets your requirements before you purchase one.