Updated: June 8, 2015
Best Knife Sharpener Reviews:Do you have dull knives in your kitchen? Do you realize that dull knives cause more injuries than do sharp ones? Yes, it is true. Studies show that when more forced is used to cut things (with dull knives) there is a greater risk of safety and a chance at cutting yourself. That's why it is so important to keep your kitchen knives sharpened and to own a knife sharpener that works properly. Experts and chefs recommend that you sharpen all your knives at least once a year and every six months or so on certain knives you use regularly. Knife sharpeners also make great gifts -- almost everyone needs one, but very few but them for themselves. What are some features you want to look for in a knife sharpener? The best knife sharpeners are easy to use, sharpen knives fast, and don't remove too much metal in the process of sharpening. Check out our complete guide below to find reviews of the best knife sharpeners.
Buying Guide - There are manual knife sharpeners, electric knife sharpeners, water stones, rod sets, and pull through carbide and ceramic sharpeners. Finding the right knife sharpening system can be overwhelming at first, but as you decide on a few key features, you should be able to locate and purchase one that fits your ability level. Although some experts say the manual grinding systems do an excellent job, others say the sharpening stones take too much time to master and aren't worth it for the average person in their kitchen. Many of the knife sharpeners we found work on knives as well as scissors (commonly found in kitchens) and you want to find one that sharpens serrated and straight blades. The top brands in knife sharpeners are Chef's Choice, Sharpmaker, DMT, Chantry, Lansky, Furi, Henckel, and Norton. A good manual knife sharpener should run you $30-$50 and an electric knife sharpener will cost between $80-$150. We have tried in this article to locate the best reviews and customer feedback on the most popular and best knife sharpeners on the market. We went to Chefdepot.com, Amazon.com, Epinions.com, Knifesite.com, and Knifecenter.com to read up on the latest products and see what actual consumers are saying about them. Please see the results below. You can browse the up-to-date list of best-selling knife sharpeners here.
Best Electric Knife Sharpener:RECOMMENDED: The Chef's Choice M130 Professional Sharpening Station-Platinum ($140) - is the top of the line knife sharpener you have always been looking for. Although more expensive than the Spyderco system below, the Chef's Choice M130 offers a lot of features not found on all sharpening systems we saw. It sharpens, strops, and steels are knives and brands with no problem - kitchen knives, straight edge, serrated knives, sport knives, pocket knives, and Asian chef knives. If you invest in high quality knives, you should invest in a good knife sharpener. Some knife sharpeners from Henckels, Williams Sonoma and Chantry received negative reviews because they remove too much metal in the sharpening process. The Chef's Choice M130 is the best at sharpening knives to their sharpest without removing a lot of metal. The unique 3 stage sharpening systems gets praise from experts and users alike. Stage 1 calls for sharpening the edge using 100% diamond abrasives. Super hardened miniature steel is used in stage 2 to create a shaving sharp edge. Stage 3 continues the process and uses a flexible disk to polish your knife edge to the ultimate sharpness. The one common complaint amongst owners of this knife sharpening system is that the manual is not layed out properly and should be easier to read in order ot use all the features this system offers - but that hardly detracts from an otherwise nearly perfect knife sharpener. Check prices online -- and have in your home in just days.
Value Knife Sharpener:RECOMMENDED: The Spyderco 204MF Tri-Angle Sharpmaker System ($60) is rated as a top knife sharpening system by many knife and chef sites. The Tri-Angle Sharpmaker comes with 2 sets of high alumina ceramic stones. One set of medium grit brown stones can be used for aggressive sharpening while the white stones are much finer and should be for professional grade finishing only. The triangular shape of the stones allow for sharpening plain edges on the "flat sides" and serrated edges on the corners. Owners like the versatility of the Spyderco 204MF since it can also sharpen awls, fishhooks, and darts. To help protect you while sharpening, there are a pair of brass safety rods. You can set the stones sharpening angle at 30 or 40 for knives. The manufacturer recommends that you use the ceramic stones dry - DO NOT put water, oil or lubricants on them. Consumers say cleaning is simple - just scrub the stones with a plastic scouring pad along with a powdered abrasive cleaner and then let it air dry. Reviewers say the Spyderco is basically foolproof and the instructional DVD was very informative. Owners say that after using the Spyderco a few times their knives were sharper than when they were purchased. Another value option is the Presto Pro EverSharp Electric Knife Sharpener -- it's an electric sharpener that costs only $30 and uses rotating sapphirite grinding wheels like the ones you find at professional knife sharpener shops. It wins rave customer reviews and doesn't break the bank -- great deal all around.
Manual Knife Sharpener - Warthog V-Sharp:An inexpensive knife sharpener is the Wusthof 2 Stage Knife Sharpener (just $20). It's got carbide steel blades and a rubber grip (it also works for scissors). The Meyerco Sharpen-It Pocket Sharpener is another great basic, manual sharpener that sells for less than $30 and gets great reviews from hunters. The Meyerco Sharpen-It comes with tungsten carbide sharpening discs, ceramic sharpening discs, and a tapered rod. Works well on standard and serrated edge knives. Eventhough the Meyerco is compact and light, reviewers still say it performs just fine and is as sturdy for sharpening as other larger sharpening systems. The Accusharp knife sharpener was another manual sharpener that appeared on several websites we visited, but it doesn't hold up to the same craftsmanship of the Meyerco.
We were recently sent a sample of the VSharp Xtreme Edge from Warthog (about $75). This is a manual sharpener with diamond honers and steeling wires. It is spring-loaded to keep the honers in contact with the blade during sharpening. The honing rods are easy to snap on and off and are adjustable from 17-30 degrees (17 degrees gives a more delicate edge, while 30 degrees gives a more durable edge for things like camping knives). It worked quickly and produced a good edge in our use. The only complaint is on the plastic construction -- it looks kind of like a heavy duty metal stapler in the photos you see, but almost the entire sharpener is made of plastic and feels a little on the flimsy side (though they call it "durable ABS plastic housing"). However, they list it as a lightweight complement to the V-Sharp Classic, so I suppose the plastic was a necessary design element. Definitely worth checking out, though consider the Classic if you want something a little more heavy duty. See them at v-sharp.com.