As weird as it may sound a blunt knife is more dangerous than a sharpened one, anyone who’s spent any amount of time in the kitchen cooking will attest to this. A blunt knife cannot do its job properly in the first place and will likely lose grip and cut your hand.
Safety is not the only factor to keep in mind, sharp knives are quicker at doing their job and they also last a lot longer. When you buy a new expensive knife set you want your money to go as far as possible, regular sharpening will take care of that.
Below we’ll be discussing the best tools for sharpening your kitchen knives depending on the scenario. The first is stone, stone sharpeners work away at the metal creating a new edge. The next type of sharpener is the strop refining the blade by the use of leather ultimately creating a super sharp edge. The final type of sharpener is the hone type which is working your knife against a steel rod.
Not only are there three types of sharpening device but also several ways these devices can come:
Manual Knife Sharpeners
Manual devices require more man power from you and not good for people with bad grip or motor skills. These come in the form of steel rods which you pull the knife across repeatedly until you get the desired result.
The problem with these types of sharpeners is the person using them needs to be knowledgeable in knife sharpening technique and the right angles to use otherwise your blade will end up worse than when you started.
On the other hand there are ‘pull through’ devices that are still manual but don’t require as much knowledge of grinding angles and work better for people with less motor skills and strength.
Electric Knife Sharpeners
Then there are electronic sharpening devices that are easier on you and don’t take much manual labor (great for older people).
These are a middle ground between manual devices and full blown sharpening systems, for most people electric knife sharpeners are the best option. They come in the form of a small device that can easily sit on your counter with a range of slots, insert your knife in the applicable slot and just wait till the job is done.
Finally sharpening ‘systems’, a whole system set up to sharpen your knife and all you need to do is tweak the settings then let the machine do it job.
As mentioned above certain know sharpeners require knowledge of technique otherwise your knife will come out worse than it was before and you’ll waste a lot of hard earned money. The great thing about knife sharpening systems is you avoid that problem completely. Insert your knife, tweak the settings and let the system get to work. Less hassle, less stress and ultimately less of your hard earned money wasted.
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