Knife sharpeners review and compare

We test knife sharpeners for safety and performance.
 
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  • Updated:6 May 2009
 

03.Product profiles

Profiles - what to buy

Cuisinart KS-80A

Price $199Cuisinart KS-80A

Good points

  • Safe to use
  • Easy to sharpen and handle.
  • Secure.
  • Either hand use.
  • Excellent performance score; achieves a smooth edge.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Claims to sharpen serrated knives.

Bad points

  • Requires electrical connection.

Anolon Universal Sharpener

Price $80Anolon Universal Sharpener

Good points

  • Easy to sharpen and handle.
  • Secure.
  • Excellent performance score; achieves a smooth edge.
  • Easy to maintain.

Bad points

  • May damage the bench if knife slides out of sharpening slot.
  • Right-hand use only.

Breville BKS600 Ikon

Price $115Breville BKS600 Ikon

Good points

  • Easy to sharpen with.
  • Excellent performance score; achieves a smooth edge.

Bad points

  • Requires electrical connection, not very portable.
  • May damage the bench if the knife slides out of sharpening slot.
  • The switch requires some effort to push.
  • Right-hand use only.
  • Screwdriver required to clean the wheel housing.

Chef’s Choice 2 stage Sharpener 450

Price $60Chef’s Choice 2 stage Sharpener 450

Good points

  • Easy to sharpen and handle.
  • Secure.
  • Can be used with either hand.
  • Excellent performance score; achieves a smooth edge.
  • Easy to maintain.

Bad points

  • May damage bench if the knife slides out of sharpening slot.

Furi Ozitech Diamond Fingers Knife Sharpening System FUR626

Price $50Furi Ozitech Diamond Fingers Knife Sharpening System FUR626

Good points

  • Easy to carry.
  • Safe to use.
  • Easy to sharpen and handle.
  • Secure.
  • Either hand use.
  • Excellent performance score; achieves a smooth edge.
  • Easy to maintain.

Bad points

  • Nothing to mention.

Minosharp Water Sharpener 220/GB

Price $60Minosharp Water Sharpener 220/GB

Good points

  • Easy to sharpen and handle.
  • Secure.
  • Either hand use.
  • Excellent performance score; achieves a smooth edge.
  • Easy to maintain.

Bad points

  • May damage bench if the knife slides out of sharpening slot.

Kuhn Rikon Kyocera Knife Sharpener KR-2941

Price $32Kuhn Rikon Kyocera Knife Sharpener KR-2941

Good points

  • Easy to carry.
  • Easy to sharpen and handle.
  • Second model tested had an excellent performance score.
  • Secure.
  • Either hand use.
  • Easy to maintain.

Bad points

  • Our first sample achieved a very poor sharpening score, so we retested a second model.
  • May damage bench if the knife slides out of sharpening slot.

Profiles - the rest

The remaining models - not included in the What to buy list - are profiled below in rank order.

Scanpan Sharpener Classic 3 Step Knife Sharpener

Price $60Scanpan Sharpener Classic 3 Step Knife Sharpener

Good points

  • Easy to sharpen with.
  • Secure.
  • Either hand use.
  • Very good performance score; achieves a smooth edge.
  • Easy to maintain

Bad points

  • May damage bench if the knife slides out of sharpening slot.

Zwilling JA Henckels Twinsharp 32590-200 Blue

Price $43Zwilling JA Henckels Twinsharp 32590-200 Blue

Good points

  • Easy to sharpen with.
  • Either hand use.
  • Excellent performance score; achieves a smooth edge.
  • Easy to maintain.

Bad points

  • May damage bench if knife slides out of sharpening slot.

Victorinox Knife Sharpener 7.8715

Price $36Victorinox Knife Sharpener 7.8715

Good points

  • Easy to carry.
  • Easy to sharpen with.
  • Moulded grip handle.
  • Either hand use.
  • Very good performance score.
  • Quick to use.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Blades exchangeable.

Bad points

  • Extra attention for safety - knuckles move over the edge of knife.
  • Achieves a slightly serrated edge.

Wiltshire WILT595064 Knife sharpener

Price $30Wiltshire WILT595064 Knife sharpener

Good points

  • Easy to sharpen with.
  • Either hand use.
  • Excellent performance score.
  • Quick to use.
  • Easy to maintain.

Bad points

  • Achieves a slightly serrated edge.
  • May damage bench if knife slides out of sharpening slot.
  • Slippery base.
  • Handle is not moulded.

Accusharp Knife and Tool Sharpener

Price $39Accusharp Knife and Tool Sharpener

Good points

  • Easy to carry.
  • Easy to sharpen with.
  • Either hand use.
  • Very good performance score.
  • Quick to use.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Blades exchangeable.
  • Claims to sharpen serrated knives.

Bad points

  • Extra attention for safety, knuckles move over the edge of knife and guard is removable.
  • Achieves a slightly serrated edge.
  • Grip is smallish for large handed person.

Smart Chef Knife Sharpener with Grind Stone

Price $4Smart Chef Knife Sharpener with Grind Stone

Good points

  • Easy to sharpen with.
  • Either hand use.
  • Very good performance score; achieves a smooth edge.
  • Easy to maintain.

Bad points

  • May damage bench if the knife slides out of sharpening slot.
  • Slippery base.
  • Handle is not moulded.

Russell Hobbs RHKS1000

Price $40Russell Hobbs RHKS1000

Good points

  • Safe to use.
  • Easy to sharpen with.
  • Handling secure.
  • Either hand use.
  • Easy to maintain.
  • Claims to sharpen a serrated knife, scissor and screwdriver.

Bad points

  • Requires electrical connection.
  • Does not sharpen well.

Saphire Knife and Tool Sharpener

Price $35Saphire Knife and Tool Sharpener

Good points

  • Easy to carry.
  • Easy to sharpen with.
  • Either hand use.
  • Easy to clean.
  • Blades exchangeable.

Bad points

  • Extra attention for safety, knuckles move over the edge of knife and the guard is removable.
  • Grip is small for large handed person.
  • Requires more effort for sharpening.

Wusthof Knife Sharpener 4344

Price $80Wusthof Knife Sharpener 4344

Good points

  • Secure.
  • Either hands use.
  • Easy to clean.

Bad points

  • May damage bench if knife slides out of sharpening slot.
  • Sharpening takes a long time as it tends to make a hollow shaped edge.
  • Sharpness not achieved in allocated time.
 

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