How do you make your knives stay sharp? Well, it’s a no-brainer: with knife sharpeners!

Practically, there are thousands of different knife sharpeners around the world to choose from. From the cheapest to the bank breakers, we will be taking a look at what I think are today’s 3 best knife sharpeners that can bring the edge back of your dull knives.

But first things first: go and check your favorite knives if they are still sharp. If not, then, this article will definitely help you decide the best knife sharpener for you. Take note though, if your knives are Japanese -made or Japanese Influenced, then, you should NEVER EVER use knife sharpeners. Instead, use a whetstone or a special knife sharpener that is specifically built for these kinds of blades.

Before we discuss the 3 best knife sharpeners on our list, let us first take a look at the difference between Japanese-Made/Influenced Knives and Western-made Knives. Also, what are the characteristics that we should look for when choosing a knife sharpener?

Japanese-Made Knives VS. Western-Made Knives
  1. Material

Japanese made knives are made from two types of substances which are hard steel and soft iron that is forged together. While western knives are made only of hard steel.

  • Hardness & Sharpness

Compared to western made knives,  Japanese-made knives are harder and sharper because of the materials that were used in forging the blades of the knives. Based on the Rockwell Scale, the hardness of Japanese-made knives ranges between 62-64 RHC. For Western-made knives, their Rockwell Scale usually ranges just between 52-56 RHC. This means that Japanese-made knives have better cutting quality compared to their Western-made knives counterpart. The only downside of Japanese-made knives is that because of its higher  Rockwell scale, Japanese-made knives are more difficult to sharpen.

  • Weight

Which knife do you think is lighter? I think you already have an idea about this. Japanese-made knives are more lightweight compared to Western-made knives. Japanese knives are specifically made to be handled by smaller hands for faster cutting and slicing.

  • Lifetime

Because Western knives are softer than Japanese knives, they are also sharpened more often, thus, making their lifespan is shorter compared to Japanese knives.

Characteristics That Makes A Good Knife Sharpener.
  • Ability to produce smooth edges

Whether electric or manual, the ability to produce smooth edges without damaging the blade of the knife is the most important feature of a knife sharpener that you should look for. Also, choose a knife sharpener that is best suited for the kind of knife that you are using.

  • Choose a knife sharpener with a hard surface

There are three types of knife sharpener materials that you can choose from: diamond, polished ceramic and tungsten carbine. Of these three, the diamond sharpening material is the hardest.

  • Multiple sharpening stages

It is wise to choose a knife sharpener with multiple sharpening edges because you can use this in sharpening different dull or damaged knives that you do not want to throw away. At the first stage, the knife is sharpened and a small material is removed, while at the last stage the finer stone material only polishes the knife and gives the blade a smooth edge.

  • Safety features

Even experts opt for knife sharpeners that come with great safety features. The most important thing to remember when choosing a knife sharpener is that it should be comfortable and safe to use so that accidents such as cutting your fingers while sharpening a dull knife is avoided.

Here Are Now My Top 3 Best Knife Sharpener Picks

1. Smart Sharp By Lantana

Material: Plastic

Advantages:

  • Sharpens wide-serrated and straight-edged knives
  • Three slots for preparing, honing and sharpening

Disadvantage:

  • Not for Japanese and ceramic knives

It is one of the best because:

The Smart Sharp Knife Sharpener is one of the bestselling knife sharpeners in the market today. It is not only versatile but it also sharpens three ways. The Smart Knife Sharpener can prep, sharpen, and hone steel and hardened steel blades with its ceramic, tungsten carbine and diamond rod sections. People who have already used this knife sharpener say that what they liked most about the Smart Sharp is its ergonomic handle that provides maximum grip and safety to the user. The Smart Sharp Knife Sharpener can also be used for a whole range of different knives.

2. Anysharp Knife Sharpener with Powergrip

Material: Plastic

Advantages:

  • Can sharpen hardened knives
  • Safe suction grip

Disadvantage:

  • Shaves a lot of metal off

It is one of the best because:

Whether your knife has a hardened steel blade or serrated edges, the AnySharp knife sharpener can sharpen it without any problem. It is also the most recommended knife sharpener for beginners because it is easy to use and it’s also much cheaper than most knife sharpeners in the market. The AnySharp’s ” Power Grip” function is also one of its best assets. The suction system of the AnySharp can attach the sharpener securely to any worktop making it safe even for first-time users.

3. Salter Electronic Knife Sharpener

Material: Stainless Steel

Advantages:

  • Easy to use
  • Sturdy
  • Safe
  • Reliable

Disadvantage:

  • Can’t be used for Japanese or serrated knives

It is one of the best because:

The Salter Electronic Knife Sharpener is one of the easiest knife sharpeners to use that even a five-year-old can operate it ( but we do not recommend you letting your kids do the knife sharpening for you).

To use the Salter, just put the blade of your dull knife into the sharpener and let the Salter do the job. DONE!

Final Word

Choosing a knife sharpener is not easy. And with the different kinds of knife sharpeners out there that brags that they are the best, it is wise to do a little bit of research about the product that you are planning to buy. With our top 3 best knife sharpener picks, I hope that you will now have an idea of what a good knife sharpener should be. The choice is yours!