All knives that are used on regular basis gets dull and blunt at one point in time. Fortunately, there are several tools in the market that can maintain and create a sharp edge on knife blades. Knife sharpeners are a must-have since they can hone a blade’s sharpness whenever you need so you can carry out kitchen’s operations with more efficacy and efficiency.
There is a wide variety of knife sharpeners available now. This makes it difficult for customers to choose the right option. This article will help you to make the right decision. Go over the following types of knife sharpeners to get a better idea:
- Electric sharpeners
Electric knife sharpener use several process for creating, sharpening and honing the edges of a blade. A rough grit is used initially to sharpen the blunt blades whereas the final step uses a fine grit to hone the sharp blades. Spinning of the sharpening stones works on the blade to reach the desired level of sharpness. These sharpeners usually come with guides to get the perfect angles which makes it a popular purchase amongst users due to the high precision it offers.
- Handheld sharpeners
The sharpening process is simplified through these sharpeners however there are few slots within which knives can be sharpened. These sharpeners are portable. Their small size and its manual operation makes it easier and convenient for professional cooks. It can easily be carried along. Cooks who travel often prefer these sharpeners over other types.
- Sharpening stones
Sharpening stones are made of several materials. The three most common materials are silicon carbide, aluminum oxide and novaculite and are known as Crystolon, India and Arkansas respectively. These stones are manmade and vary from coarse to fine in grit type. Crystolon stones are better at initial sharpening whereas Indian stones are suited for fine sharpening. Diamond abrasives are mixed with some of them to get the best cutting edge.
- Sharpening steels
Sharpening steels are not necessarily used for sharpening knives. The primary job is to hone a knife blade. However there are several cuts or styles that are good at doing minor sharpening. Four most common cuts are regular, ceramic, diamond and combination. However, the difference between these cuts are not that much. Your purchase may totally depend on how much you are willing to spend. It is also preferable for you to use sharpening steels with matching knife brand because they are specifically designed to hone their knives.
- Serrated knife sharpeners
The shape of blade of this knife makes it difficult to sharpen. Manual and electric sharpeners can damage these blades. But there are certain knife sharpeners that can work optimally on it. Manufacturers state that their sharpeners can be used on such type. Read the product information carefully and then make your decision.
These were some of the most common types however there are a few more as well. Going through this information can help you in making your decision more wisely.