5 best knife sharpeners chosen by chefs in 2018

Maintain your sharp edge with our top picks for the best knife sharpeners

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If you’re a keen cook or budding chef, you’ll know how important it is to take care of your knives. If you’re a newbie to the culinary world, you may be wondering why chopping the veg has become such a chore recently. If you’re considering throwing your knives away because they’re blunt as anything, don’t do anything hasty. If they’re good knives in general, all they need is a good sharpening. 

Knife sharpeners are what all the professionals use to keep their primary kitchen tool looking and working its best. Knife sharpeners are the reason you get such pleasure from watching cooking shows where the knives glide effortlessly through the ingredients, and they ultimately make cooking a whole lot easier. 

But which knife sharpener is right for you? There is a varied range of products on the market, and you certainly don’t have to go with anything too fancy to get excellent results. Some will be designed for a specific type of knife, whereas others will be versatile and able to sharpen any knife that needs sharpening.  Sharpeners are most commonly manual devices, however, If you’re worried about how safe these products are, opt for an electronic sharpener to reduce the risk of cuts and scrapes.

We’ve picked out some of the best knife sharpeners for all types of knives , so whether you fancy yourself the next Gordon Ramsay or you just want to spruce up an old set of silverware, there’s something to suit all budgets. 

1. Smart Sharp by Lantana

An easy to use 3-step sharpener for all types of knives

Specifications
Best for: Ease of use
Material: Plastic
Colour: Black
Knife type: All steel kitchen knives and serrated blades
Reasons to buy
+ Easy to use + Quick results 
Reasons to avoid
- Doesn’t sharpen ceramic  

This Smart Sharpener by Lantana is an excellent purchase for both high-quality and inexpensive knives. Many users praised this sharpener for its quick results in as little as three strokes, and the 3-step process makes sure all knives are rounded off and polished so that there are no uneven edges. The ergonomic handle makes it easy and comfortable to hold, and allows you to get a sturdy grip on it for easy and safe knife sharpening. This knife sharpener doesn’t work with ceramic knives, but it’s made our top spot for its versatility in sharpening steel knives and even works on serrated knives just as well. 

2. Global Combination Whetstone MS-471

Repair and maintain your knife set with this semi-professional knife sharpener

Specifications
Best for: Repairing or maintaining knives
Material: Rough/medium stone
Colour: Blue & Black
Knife type: Any knives
Reasons to buy
+ Can completely restore blunt knives + Teaches good technique 
Reasons to avoid
- Expensive 

If you’re proud of your knife set, then keep them looking and working their best with this water whetstone that has a rough and a medium side for catering to all sharpening needs. The rough is designed to revert blunt knives back to their former sharp selves, and the medium side is for maintain their sharp blade in between usage. It’s a little expensive, but users find this knife sharpener to produce excellent results on a number of different types of knife, and it makes good practice for those budding chefs out there.  

3. AnySharp Knife Sharpener with PowerGrip

A hands-free knife sharpener for safe usage

Specifications
Best for: Safety
Material: Plastic
Colour: Silver, Blue, Black
Knife type: All steel knives and serrated blades
Reasons to buy
+ Suction base for easy grip + Doesn’t require much effort 
Reasons to avoid
- Shaves quite a bit off 

This suction-based knife sharpener is designed to make knife sharpening simple and easy for anyone to do in their home. Users like the hands-free design as it doesn’t require much pressure in order to get decent results. However, using this sharpener won’t teach you any proper technique if you’re looking to do it the traditional way. It’s a quick fix for any of your knives that have become blunt, and it’s small enough to store away in a drawer or cupboard.  

4. Robert Welch Signature Handheld Sharpener

Get to grips with your knife with this traditional sharpening tool

Specifications
Best for: Honing a knife blade
Material: Stainless Steel
Colour: Black
Knife type: All knives
Reasons to buy
+ Produces fantastic results + Makes you feel like a pro 
Reasons to avoid
- Difficult to master 

This stainless steel rod is one of the trickiest ways to sharpen knives, but let’s face it, it’s also the coolest way to sharpen your knives. It takes a little bit of practice, but users were very impressed with the results and it comes with instructions to teach you how to correctly sharpen your knives. It works with any and all types of knife which makes it great for all kitchens and will keep your set looking fresh.  

5. Salter Electronic Knife Sharpener

An electronic sharpener for safe and reliable results every time

Specifications
Best for: Electronic
Material: Stainless steel
Colour: Silver & Black
Knife type: All straight edge knives
Reasons to buy
+ Automatically sharpens + Safer than manual 
Reasons to avoid
- Doesn’t work for serrated knives 

If you don’t trust yourself with a manual knife sharpener, then this automatic device will get the job done nicely. It’s compact and easy to use with a one-touch function that sharpens your straight edged knives in no time at all. Users like how compact it is and that it requires minimal effort to get excellent results. You don’t need to have a steady hand with this device so it’s much safer and minimises the risk of cuts and scrapes. 

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