Knife Sharpener Tool – How to Choose the Best Knife Sharpener Tool for the Money

knife sharpener tool electric

This electric knife sharpener has multiple grinding surfaces

Most people have no idea how to use a knife sharpener tool.  Instead they buy cheap knives and just throw them away when they get dull.  Even worse, buying an expensive kitchen knife and throwing it away rather than sharpen it.  Did you know using a dull knife is more dangerous than using a sharp one, this is because people tend to push down harder when using a dull knife instead of just letting the knife do the cutting.  Using a knife sharpener tool is easy and, over time, will save you money and work to prevent injury in the kitchen.  Let’s take a closer look at the different knife sharpener tool types and how they work, then we’ll look at some of the top rated knife sharpeners out there.

How does a knife become dull and how does a knife sharpener tool fix this?

A knife will become dull in two ways, one from usage, the other from storage and abuse.

First off the edge will get out of alignment.  This generally occurs from storing your knife in a drawer.  Picture a nice new sheet of paper, if you run it across your skin you’ll get a paper cut (ouch).  If you crumble it up and then run it across your skin you wont.  The edge itself is still crisp and sharp, but it’s out of alignment.  The same occurs when the knife get knocked around in the drawer or even when it hits a hard cutting surface.  By using a sharpening steel, another type of knife sharpener tool you can straighten the edge.

The second way a knife becomes dull is just by using it.  Over time the edge itself will wear down thus reducing it’s sharpness.  Once again picture that piece of paper, over time it’ll get soft and not as crisp.  The edge itself is strait as ever but the possibility of getting a paper cut is greatly reduced.  By using a knife sharpener tool you can get the edge sharp again.

Sharpening a knife – what’s the process of using these two different knife sharpening tool types

First you’ll use that sharpening steel to straiten the edge out.  The process is simple, just hold the sharpening steel stationary while you run the knife edge down it at a 45 degree angle.  You’ll want to do this three or four times on each side.

sharpening steel

This knife sharpener tool is called a sharpening steel

Next up you’ll use a knife sharpener to get that edge as good as new.  Just about every knife sharpener tool on the market today will auto-align the knife to the proper angle so it’s quite simple.

I should point out that when looking at knife sharpeners you’ll encounter manual ones and electric ones.  Personally I lean towards the manual one since there’s little chance of grinding off too much metal.  If you have lots of knives to sharpen or just want the added ease of use then go for the electric knife sharpener.  Whichever one you go for make sure it has two grinding surfaces; a course one and a fine one so you can really do a good job of sharpening your knives.

Now that you know the process and what the different knife sharpening tool types do let’s take a look at some of the top rated ones out there.
DMT DS2E 12-Inch Diamond Steel Sharpening Rod, Extra Fine Grit
Edgeware Diamond Edge Gourmet Electric and Manual Knife and Scissors Sharpener
Edgeware Edge Gourmet Compact Electric and Manual Knife Sharpener

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Hi there!, My name is Norm. I am a college grad, a veteran, a pet owner and a family man. I started writing articles both to make a little extra money, and to share my knowledge with others. I currently work in the IT department of a major NY hospital.
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