Carve like a chef: FoodTribe’s 2020 guide to the best knife sharpeners out there
Let our best knife sharpeners guide help you carve your way to culinary success
You know what they say – the secret of a successful restaurant is sharp knives. Even if the only restaurant you’re running is the one at home, knives are the tool you’re bound to be constantly reaching for, from the very beginning of a recipe to that final sprinkle of coriander.
For these reasons, finding the best knife sharpener can take a little time and research. If you do it correctly, not only will you get a sharpener that keeps your blades razor-sharp, but you just might end up saving both money and time in the long run.
Below, FoodTribe has handpicked the best knife sharpeners on the market today to help ensure your knives are dull no more.
The one for any knife: AnySharp Knife Sharpener
The AnySharp Knife Sharpener labels itself (with a clear degree of hyperbole) as ‘The World’s Best Knife Sharpener. Luckily, before too much eye rolling took place, Amazon’s customers obviously agreed; this knife sharpener is now a best seller. Its ability to sharpen all the different types of knives, including serrated blades, obviously helped secure its fate.
The teeny tiny AnySharp can be attached to any work surface using the neat rubber suction cup on its bottom. Just flip the locking handle down and AnySharp ain’t going AnyWhere.
The smart one: Lantana Smart Sharp
The Lantana Smart Sharp is a stylish device with a rubber handle for a firm grip. There are three grinders to lend extra sharpness to your knife: the diamond grinder (for coarse grinding, i.e. prepping the blade), the tungsten grinder (for sharpening) and the ceramic grinder (which adjusts and hones the knife). It is equipped with a rubber base that makes it anti-skid and safe to use. Almost all kinds of steel knives can be honed in this smarty-pants sharpener.
The cute and compact one: Chili Works knife sharpener
The Chili Works knife sharpener promises to achieve razor-sharp precision no matter your personal knife sharpening experience. Don't let the low price fool you; this little device performs much better than anything similar.
It attaches firmly to any smooth surface by virtue of the locking bar. All you need to do is draw your knife over it a few times to restore its sharpness and shine. The best thing about this little gadget is that it’s small enough to keep on the counter but big enough to do the job properly – score!
The back-to-basics one: Kunqun Sharpening Stone
Trust us when we say there's something very therapeutic about sharpening with a whetstone. If you’re a whetstone novice, make sure to watch a few YouTube tutorials on how to use sharpening stones and you’re good to go with the Kunqun knife sharpener.
The grindstone is made from a non-slip silicone holder and a bamboo block, with whetstone for sharpening. Immerse the whetstone in water for five to eight minutes before using and voilà – you’re now a qualified teppanyaki chef.
The budget one: TEMINICE knife sharpener
Quickly put the edge back into your cooking knives with the Temnice knife sharpener. This mini helper for everyday knife maintenance has a useful powergrip suction cup base that can lock onto the kitchen countertop to ensure it doesn’t move or slip during use. It also allows you to sharpen the knife with one hand up to 12kg of pull.
There are two grinders; one is ceramic, and the other is diamond-coated. The ceramic blade is used for fine grinding while the diamond one allows a coarse grinding effect for blunt knives. The key focal point of this knife sharpener is that it takes only 5 minutes to turn a severely blunt knife into a sharp one that can smoothly glide through your vegetables for best cut in town.
The one with the big bite: Kitchen Shark knife sharpener
The Kitchen Shark knife sharpener is a tiny yet powerful device to sharpen any kind of knife. To use, secure onto any flat surface where it will suction. Draw the knife three to five times, applying light to medium pressure to let the Shark really sink its teeth in.
The handy one: VonShef knife sharpener
The VonShef electric two-stage knife sharpener is a sleek device that adds to the decor of your kitchen. It has two grinding wheels, with two slots per wheel to sharpen both sides of the knife – and it also has a screwdriver sharpening port and scissor groove to sharpen all of your most useful utensils.
This device is compact and comes equipped with rubber suction cups for sturdiness. It also has a two-year warranty to ensure you have a stress-free experience while using it.
The shiny one: B.PRIME INOX
With its stainless steel facade, this shiny little model looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. Available for just over £5, the B.Prime INOX is extremely strong and durable, and so easy to use that anyone can sharpen their knives within seconds.
The sharpener has a two-stage sharpening system. First, you pre-sharpen your knives on the coarse tungsten carbide steel slot, and then you use the fine ceramic stole slot for fine grinding and sharpening. Job done.
The gifty one: Tripsky knife sharpener
The Tripsky kitchen knife sharpener is a robust device with deceptive looks; as you’ll probably agree, it looks more like a piece of art than a knife sharpener. This not only makes it a great gifting option, but also a great choice if you’re a fan of more stylish kitchen accessories.
The stainless steel and rubber base ensures stability and safety – and as for its sharpening capabilities, it uses high-quality tungsten carbide to grind, hone, and polish all kinds of knives. The device is only 5.3 inches high and has a 3-inch base, so it's highly portable (and safe to use both indoors and outdoors).
The professional one: PRO Sharpener
Hoping to bring the cutting edge back to your cooking? The PRO Sharpener will have your dinner guests impressed – not just by keeping your knives sharp, but also by keeping them honed and polished.
The rubberised moulded handle ensures a comfortable and tight grip, equally suitable for left- and right-handed users. And unlike those bulkier appliances, it will easily fit in a drawer when you’re done showing off your knife sharpening skills.