Features that Matter When Buying a Knife Sharpener

A good knife sharpener can help you keep your knives always sharp and with a smooth and clean blade. It’s crucial to keep your knife sharp, to avoid having accidents when cutting your vegetables and meats. Today, we will help you find the best knife sharpener that you can use to sharpen your knives and maintain them regularly. Here are some important features that you should keep in consideration when buying a knife sharpener.

The ability to produce a smooth edge

The most important feature of a knife sharpener, whether it is electric or manual is the ability to produce a smooth edge without damaging the actual blade. It’s important to choose a knife sharpener that you feel confidently when using and most importantly, choose one that is suitable for sharpening the type of knives that you own.

Look for a knife sharpener with a hard surface

There are many sharpening materials available and each comes with some advantages and disadvantages. The most popular materials are: diamond, polished ceramic and tungsten carbide. Out of these 3 main types, the diamond sharpening material is the hardest, as it has a higher grit number of 120. A 1000-grit sharpening material is more suitable for making the blade smooth and not sharp because it is too fine.

Adjustable angle guide

If you have never used a knife sharpener before, we recommend starting with an electric knife sharpener, because these devices make it easy even for an inexperienced user to hold the blade of the knife at a correct angle. If you read this Chef’sChoice knife sharpener review, you will see that this particular sharpener allows you to hold the blade at a 15 and 20 degree angle if you want to get an optimal result. The 20 degree angle is ideal for European knives whereas the 15 degree angle is best for Asian knives.

Multiple sharpening stages

If you own a couple of knives that have dull or damaged edges but you don’t want to throw them away, you can use a knife sharpener that comes with multiple stages. At the first stage the knife is sharpened and a small material is removed, while at the last stage the finer stone material only polishes the knife and gives the blade a smooth edge

Safety features

Whether you are an experienced user or you have never used a knife sharpener before, it’s crucial to opt for a knife sharpener that comes with safety features. When using a knife sharpener, you should feel comfortable and most importantly, it should be easy to use. Electric knife sharpeners use rails or slots to take the knife into the sharpening belt, while manual sharpeners put a physical barrier between the knife blade and your fingers, to avoid cutting your fingers when trying to sharpen a knife.