Knife Sharpeners

Knife sharpeners improve the performance and safety of a knife. Furthermore, manufacturers of knife sharpeners make devices that will keep all types of knives sharp including pocket, survival, tactical, kitchen and even machete.

Why it is Important to Keep Knives Sharp

When a knife's blade is dull, users must use more force to complete a cutting task than they would with a sharp blade. As a result, people can hurt themselves more severely when cutting mishaps occur.

Types of Knife Sharpeners

Different types of knife sharpeners are available. Options include sharpening stones, sharpening steels, electric sharpeners and knife hones. Sharpening stones are usually a rectangular block that is formed from diamond, ceramic and natural Arkansas sharpening stones. They are best for extensively dull blades. Knife owners use sharpening steels to maintain the sharpness of a knife's blade while electric sharpeners have mechanical wheels that spin to hone a knife's cutting section. Knife hones are similar to sharpening steels as they are used to maintain knife blades that are already sharp.

Top Knife Sharpener Models

The Lansky PS-MED01BladeMedic Knife Sharpener is a portable device that permits knife owners to sharpen the blade on their cutting tool from any location.

Furthermore, the knife sharpener can hone regular, ceramic or serrated blades along with hunting and fishing knife blades. The device works quickly as a knife owner can have his or her carbide blade sharpened within three or four strokes.

By purchasing the Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone Sharpening System, consumers will have a comprehensive knife-sharpening device. The 5-Stone System will sharpen kitchen, garden, outdoor and hobby knives.

Specifically, the kit comes with extra coarse, coarse, medium, fine alumina oxide and extra fine ceramic sharpening stones. It also features honing oil and a specially designed knife clamp. With the Lansky 5-Stone System, knife owners can sharpen their cutting edges at their preferred angle as the system controls sharpening at 17, 20, 25 and 30-degree angles.

The Smith Company makes a variety of sharpening sets including the TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System. With the set, consumers will receive a revolving triangle base. This feature allows a user to rotate the sharpening stone and assess his or her progress while honing a knife blade.

The system comes with the company's honing solution for superior cleaning. The substance will also protect the sharpening base. Consumers will receive three stones with the system as well as an angle guide for knife owners who are sharpening a blade for the first time.

Smith's 50264 Adjustable Manual Knife Sharpener is an advanced-honing device as it includes progressive features. Knife owners can use the sharpener to complete both coarse and fine honing stages. It also sharpens all types of straight edge knives on each side of a blade.

In addition, this sharpening product can hone serrated blades with its fixed angle slot. Since the device is adjustable, owners can sharpen a wide range of knife types.

The Smith Company also sells the JIFF-S 10-Second Knife and Scissors Sharpener set. The device includes a "V" shaped honing slot that features two intersected carbide blades. The setup allows knife owners to hone their cutting edges in as few as three or four strokes.

The company presets the carbide blades to ensure a proper sharpening angle. To extend the life of the set's components, the company made the blades reversible and replaceable. The device can be used to sharpen left and right handed scissors as well as all types of knives.

Smith's DCS4 4-Inch Fine/Coarse Diamond Combo Sharpening Stones unit features a micro tool-honing surface for sharpening knives that have especially small cutting edges.

The device will even sharpen pointed tools because the set's stones feature sharpening grooves. Knife owners can use it dry, or they can lubricate the stone with water. To ensure fast sharpening results, the honing device comes with an interrupted surface. The sharpening stones unit will hone stainless, carbide and ceramic cutting edges.

The Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker is another quality-honing tool, and with it, knife owners can sharpen regular and flat edges as well as fishhooks, awls, darts and punches.

The unit can be used dry, with water or with lubricants to sharpen cutting edges. Spyderco designed the sharpening tool's base to attach to counter tops or tables temporarily. Owners can also install it on a shop table permanently.

Gerber manufactures the 31-001270 Bear Grylls Field Sharpener unit, which is a quality blade-honing device. Knife owners who purchase it can sharpen fine and serrated blades. Its total length is 4.5 inches long, and it comes with a coarse carbide attachment. Gerber's knife sharpener is small enough for pocket transport, and its hard plastic cover will ensure longevity.

Final Considerations

Knife owners require knife-sharpening units to maintain the performance and safety of their knives. Today, consumers can purchase a quality knife sharpener that offers multipurpose honing options.