Knife Sharpeners

Written by Sierra Rein
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Any knife enthusiast will tell you that it is vital to have on hand a few knife sharpeners around the house or garage. Keeping blades sharp and properly polished is the primary method by which an owner can maintain the usefulness and quality of the knife. Even though most people shy away from the thought of handling a razor-sharp blade, there are actually more slipping accidents caused by dull or chipped blades.

Your choice of knife sharpeners depends largely on the size and purpose of the knives you own. Most chefs (professional and amateur) utilize ceramic sticks shaped like large conductor sticks to sharpen and hone their chopping, cutting and slicing blades. These are easily stored in a knife block or kept in a kitchen drawer until it is needed.

Traditionally, however, most hunters and fishermen utilize small wet stones, or ceramic bricks, that are controlled manually to bring a knife edge to a sharp point. It takes a bit of know-how and experience to properly use these types of knife sharpeners, and many first-time users need a bit of practice before mastering them. The benefits to these sharpeners is that they are simple, require no electronic power to start up, and can fit easily in a pocket, knife sheath or tool kit without hassle.

Electronic Knife Sharpeners: Plusses and Minuses

Many people also employ the use of electronic sharpeners to save time keeping their knives sharp. This is great for large catering companies and restaurants who need a quick and relatively easy way to maintain their cutlery. However, these knife sharpeners are usually more expensive and can be a little less personal to those who want a more "hands on" approach to their knife's well-being.

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