The 5 Best Knife Sharpening System
#1) Chefs Choice Knife Sharpener 130
Wall Street Journal rated as the “best overall” knife sharpener in 2007.In my opinion it is one of the best rated knife sharpeners on the market. This breakthrough sharpener is the complete package. It can sharpen straight, serrated, pocketknife, European, Santuko and kitchen knives in seconds. It comes in three stages. Stage one provides a 100% abrasive diamond sharpener to quickly sharpen the edges. Stage 2 will create the microscopic teethes to give your knives the bite by sharpening with miniature steel. Unlike stropping with a leather belt, stage 3 provides a flexible stropping to polish the knife with a hair splitting finish.
#2) Chefs Choice Diamond Hone EdgeSelect Model 120
This sharpener received the seal of approval from Handyman Club of American Magazine. Eventhough it is model before 130, it still provides a punch as an all-purpose sharpener. Like its predecessor, it comes with what Chefs Choice called “precision elastomeric guide” which essentially is self-guided sharpener that will adjust to the knives proper sharpening angle. It comes in three stages. Stage one and two incorporates diamond coating into the sharpening disks. Stage three will polish knife back to factory level sharpness.
#3) Chef’s Choice ProntoPro Diamond Hone Knife Sharpener 4643
this is a poor mans version of the model 120 at a more economical pricing point. The value here is too hard to be left out. Because this manual sharpener that requires pull-through, the pricing will be more economical in comparison to automatic sharpeners, but don’t let that full you. It comes in three different stages. Stage one and two will include a diamond wheel and crisscross to sharpen your knife free of bur. Stage three will hone and polish the knife with a professional finish.
#4) Chef’s Choice AngleSelect Diamond Hone Knife Sharpener #1520
Considered by many to be the world most versatile knife sharpener. With its precision guide, it has the ability to sharpen your knives at the perfect angle every time from a 15 degree for most Asian knives and 20 degree for European and American knives. It comes in three stages that will sharpen, hone and polish the knife back to its original form.
#5) Priority Chef Knife Sharpener, 2 Stage Knife Sharpening System
If you need a portable sharpener for the great outdoor or have something more economical this is the one. There are limitations on the little bad boy; it’s only for straight knives and not recommended ceramic or serrated knives. By running your straight knife 2 – 3 times on each guide will bring your dullest blades back to life.
From cutting boxes to small tree branches, I’m sure many of you readers can agree that one of the knife that gets the most beating is the pocket knife. Because of its flexibility and small size, their edge can dull up from wear and tear. Everyone has their own approach to sharpening a pocket knife, whether it is something your father have taught you or a clip you learned from YouTube, at the end of the day, if it is sharp, that is all we care about. Below are two different methods on how to sharpen a pocket knife with some tools you may have already at your disposable or may consider to get.
- Choose a rod sharpener of your choice, both ceramic and diamond steel works just fine
- Securely hold the rod steel out or rest the head against a stable surface at a 45 degree angle for more stability.
- Hold the pocket knife’s edge at approximately 15 degree angle against the rod steel and push the knife out from the heel to the tip.
- Sharp each side 5 – 10 times until satisfaction
- Clean knife with cloth Whetstone
- Make sure your whetstone is on a solid stable surface
- Choose the level grit of your preference
- Prep your whetstone by soaking it in water for at least five minutes or if you’re in a rush, splash some water to the sharpening surface
- With the knife bevel flat securely flat against the whetstone, lightly push the knife through the stone as if you’re shaving a piece of the surface. As you’re pushing the knife, draw the knife out to make sure it sharpens the tip too.
- Sharp each side 5 – 10 times until satisfaction
- Clean the knife and whetstone. (Some manufacturers may recommend oiling the whetstone after usage
Sharpening A Serrated Knife
Sharpening a serrated knife can seem daunting and time consuming but it doesn’t have to. On here we will cover two different methods on to how to sharpen serrated knife using both manual and automatic methods.Manually Sharpening Depending on your experience level, this process can take 5 – 10 minutes in our test.
- First, purchase a steel or ceramic rod sharpener
- Placing the rod in the groove with light pressure, slowly grind AWAY from the blade at a 25 degree angle to avoid injuries.
- Continue to grind every groove on the knife
- On a whetstone or leather sheet, just how you would sharpen a straight edge knife, grind away the blunt with approximately 5 – 10 strokes.
- Clean the knife with a clean cloth to remove any micro metal residues.
This is not a process that you can quickly rush through. It takes time and a very methodical and precise concentration to get the razor sharp edge like a professional. For more, please see the video below for more visual demonstration.
This is by far the easiest process. It took us literally only 1 – 2 minutes to finish sharpening one.
- Choose an electric sharpener approved for serrated knife sharpening. See here for our list.
- With the power on, place the bottom of the knife in the first stage and slowly pull towards you.
- Continue to sharpen 2 -3 times on each side for stage 1.
- On stage 2, repeat the same process of sharpening each side 2 – 3 times to hone the knife.
- Rinse or wipe the knife clean
Instead of focusing on sharpening every single groove on the knife, with the correct electric knife sharpener, it will adjust itself to give the serrate knife the perfect angle every single time. To see more of our top electric sharpeners, please see click here.