The essence of a good kitchen is having a sharp knife. You can fudge any other utensil but if you need to cut a turkey and all you have is a butter knife, you’re out of luck.
The good news is that sharpening a knife is easy and any of our top picks for knife sharpeners can get the job done. You just want to choose a sharpener that suits the blade you want to sharpen and your own preferences in the kitchen.
Professional Kitchen Sharpener 4 in 1 Knife and Scissor Sharpening
This is a very simple product with slots for sharpening your knives and scissor blades too.
You grind scissors in the first slot, diamond sharpen the dullest of blades in slot two, for the third slot you can sharpen and restore V-shaped blades and the final slot is for polishing blades and smoothly sharpening them using a ceramic edge. It’s a solid product backed with a 100% money-back guarantee.
You can find the Knife Sharpener, Professional Kitchen Sharpener 4 in 1 Knife and Scissor Sharpening online.
Grocery Art Electric 3-in-1 Tool -Sharpening Machine
This electric sharpener does an admirable job of keeping knives, screwdrivers and scissors sharp and useful.
We prefer to use a manual sharpener because it gives us a finer level of control but if you need a machine to handle the hard work –this is a great choice. It can coarse and fine sharpen with ease.
You can find the Knife Sharpener Electric 3-in-1 Tool – Sharpening Machine online.
Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone Sharpening System
This system is a highly versatile stone-based sharpening system.
If you’ve not used one of these before, it might not be to your tastes but if you were raised with stone sharpening, this is one of the best products that we’ve ever tried.
There are 5 stones here that can tackle the blades on nearly every knife ever invented. Your knives are going to be super sharp.
You can find the Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone Sharpening System online.
Smith’s TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System
This mounted stone based sharpening tool is really easy to work with.
The downside is that it only has 2 stone surfaces but that’s probably enough for most kitchen user’s needs.
The angle guide is really useful and ensures that you always have the blade in the right position for sharpening.
You can find the Smith’s TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System online.
Chef’s Choice Trizor XV EdgeSelect Professional Electric Knife Sharpener
The best of the best but with a price tag to match.
If you do a lot of cooking and really hammer your knives, this is a superb sharpening system which will bring them back to life with the minimum of fuss.
If you’ve invested serious money in your knives then investing in a high performance knife sharpener really makes sense.
You can find the Chef’s Choice Trizor XV EdgeSelect Professional Electric Knife Sharpener online.
KitchenIQ 50009 Edge Grip 2-Stage Knife Sharpener
At the other edge of the scale this is an ultra-budget knife sharpener with 2 sharpening options.
We found it quite adequate when sharpening our cheaper knives and we liked the non-slip base.
We don’t think this will have the longevity of other sharpeners in our tests but at this price, we don’t expect it to either.
You can find the KitchenIQ 50009 Edge Grip 2-Stage Knife Sharpener online.
Kota Japan 12 in. Diamond Carbon Steel Professional Knife Sharpener Rod
The oldest of old-school sharpening implements is the sharpener rod and if you have a carving knife that you want to keep in pristine condition, this might be the way to go.
The surface has been diamond electroplated and is warrantied for a lifetime!
They say that it will outlast your knives. We can believe it.
You can find the Kota Japan 12 in. Diamond Carbon Steel Professional Knife Sharpener Rod online.
Presto Professional Electric Knife Sharpener
An excellent mid-budget knife sharpening option which use ceramic blades to achieve fine control over the sharpening edges.
We really like the way this handles and it’s heavy enough that you can rely on it staying in place rather than slipping at an important part of the process.
You can find the Presto Professional Electric Knife Sharpener online.
PriorityChef Knife Sharpener for Straight and Serrated Knives
This is a stylish and cheerful design which doesn’t have quite the same amount of flexibility as more expensive options, but which does handle basic knife sharpening with aplomb.
You get a two-stage process that lets you deal with the bulk of the sharpening before you switch to polish off what’s left.
You can find the PriorityChef Knife Sharpener for Straight and Serrated Knives online.
Sharp Pebble Premium Whetstone Knife Sharpening Stone 2 Side Grit 1000/6000 Waterstone
A whetstone is another classic way to sharpen a knife and we like the tutorial video on the Amazon page –if you don’t know how to use one, they’ll show you how.
This is a really substantial and premium whetstone and you should get a decade or more of use out of it before it wears away.
You can find the Sharp Pebble Premium Whetstone Knife Sharpening Stone 2 Side Grit 1000/6000 Waterstone online.