Be sure to check out our comprehensive guide to knife sharpeners to help you find the best knife sharpener for you! I know I’ve asked myself, “Is my knife sharp?” before, and if you have to ask, then your knife is probably dull.
Electric knife sharpeners have the advantage of speed due to the automation of the grinding, usually 1 to 2 minutes from start to finish. If the knife just needs a touch-up, then the process may only take under 30 seconds! This is one of the reasons that electric knife sharpeners are ideal for kitchen cutlery applications, even gourmet cutlery made with very high quality metal.
Here is my top choice for kitchen knives — The Chef’s Choice Trizor. Check out my full review here.[/caption]
Most of the models come with two stages, coarse and fine, while the best models have three or more stages. The three to four stage models typically allow the user to sharpen very dull blades more quickly or enable the knife blades to be honed very finely. Learn more about knife edges.
Avoid models with only 1 stage since they typically are fairly coarse and remove more metal than necessary and shorten the life of your knives. See my review on a great 15º sharpener.
The manual models provide more flexibility but take longer to sharpen each knife. The flexibility amounts to being able to sharpen the knife blade to any angle or profile that you want. Here is a review of the KME Sharpener – one of my favorites in the manual arena.
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