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Knife Sharpeners: Ratings of Sources

Total of 17 Sources
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Nov. 1, 2009
Asian Knife Sharpeners
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
Our AssessmentCook's Illustrated magazine tests five knife sharpeners (three electric and two manual) made specifically for Asian knives, which have a 15-degree angle as opposed to the 20-degree angle found on European knives. Editors also test an Asian knife on a standard 20-degree knife sharpener to see if it makes a noticeable difference. Testers find that while the Western-style sharpener does an adequate job, three Asian-specific models from Chef's Choice provide truly superior results.
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
July 1, 2011
Asian/Western Manual Knife Sharpeners
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
Our AssessmentIn this brief article, editors test two dual-use manual knife sharpeners that can work on either narrow Asian blades or traditional Western cutlery. They want to see if either of these inexpensive sharpeners can match the performance of the pricey Chef's Choice AngleSelect Diamond Hone Knife Sharpener 1520 (*Est. $155), an electric sharpener with separate slots for Asian and Western knives. One of the two sharpeners does a creditable job; the other actually chips the blade instead of sharpening it.
3. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Nov. 1, 2006
Electric Knife Sharpeners
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
Our AssessmentIn this review, the magazine's editors test six electric knife sharpeners, rating each one on performance and ease of use. Two sharpeners are recommended, one of them highly. In addition to ratings, this article also explains in detail how knife sharpeners and sharpening steels work. The editors also contrast electric sharpeners with manual ones, which they say are less expensive but harder to use.
4. The Washington Post
March 26, 2008
Knife Sharpeners That Make the Cut
by Joe Yonan and Bonnie S. Benwick
Our AssessmentJoe Yonan and Bonnie S. Benwick enlist the help of professional knife-sharpening expert Frank Monaldi Sr. to test five sharpeners, with both electric and manual models in the mix. Various knives are tested, first in Monaldi's shop and then in the reporters' homes. The testers measure sharpness by the slash-and-slice test, using a piece of paper and very ripe tomatoes. The pricey, electric Chef's Choice Diamond Hone EdgeSelect 120 garners top pick even though its screeching sounds make it "a little scary to use at first." However, the inexpensive manual AccuSharp Knife and Tool Sharpener also does a nice job.
5. eGullet.com
Aug. 13, 2003
Knife Maintenance and Sharpening
by Chad Ward
Our AssessmentAt more than 15,000 words, this tutorial is the lengthiest of all the reviews we found. Writer and cook Chad Ward describes eight sharpening systems, many of which will be unfamiliar to even the most ardent foodies. Some sections of the report are more thorough than others, and the author seems somewhat biased against electric sharpeners, which can "turn your chef's knife into a filet knife with just a little inattention." There's a great deal of useful information in here if you can wade through the jargon. Several sharpeners and sharpening systems are recommended, but there are no overall ratings.
6. Choice magazine
May 6, 2009
Knife Sharpeners: Review and Compare
by Editors of Choice magazine
Our AssessmentChoice magazine, Australia's equivalent to ConsumerReports.org, tests 16 knife sharpeners by using a brand-new knife that's been put through a blunting process. After sharpening, they test the knife on sheet paper and tomato skin to see how good an edge it has. Each knife is rated for performance and ease of use, and the article also provides a brief list of pros and cons. Of the three electric and 13 manual models, seven make the grade. However, two of them have since been discontinued, and one is not available in the United States.
7. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Nov. 1, 2006
Manual Knife Sharpeners
by Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine
Our AssessmentEditors of Cook's Illustrated magazine test and compare 12 manual knife sharpeners for performance, notch removal and ease of use. Editors say that the best manual knife sharpeners do a decent job of restoring a knife's edge for a fraction of the cost of an electric knife sharpener. None of the manual models, however, can restore a nicked or damaged knife. Interestingly, several of the poor performers in this test are highly recommended in other reviews.
8. Los Angeles Times
Dec. 8, 2004
Sharpeners Prove Their Point
by Pete Thibodeau
Our AssessmentIn this article, Pete Thibodeau tests a variety of sharpening systems designed for home use. The author considers dozens of different types of sharpeners and tests each one on three different knife types. Overall, simple manual grindstones work better than pull-through systems, which can leave the edge uneven, and electric sharpeners, which may over-sharpen and damage blades. The Spyderco 204MF Tri-Angle Sharpmaker System gets top marks for its flexibility, ease of use, effectiveness and relatively low cost. Thibodeau also likes the 1-2-3 Sharp by Morty the Knife Man (available only by phone order) and the discontinued Norton 1000/4000 Combination Water Stone.
9. Amazon.com
As of October 2012
Knife Sharpeners
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com lets site visitors comment on knife sharpeners. Many Chef's Choice sharpeners are included here, and there are also user reviews of lesser-known sharpening systems. There are hundreds of knife sharpeners listed, but most only receive a handful of reviews, if any. However, models from AccuSharp, Presto, Spyderco, Furi, Work Sharp and Chef's Choice are reviewed hundreds of times and all receive high ratings.
10. Cooking.com
As of October 2012
Knife Sharpeners
by Contributors to Cooking.com
Our AssessmentCooking.com features user ratings and reviews on every cookware product imaginable. Of the 30 or so knife sharpeners listed on this site -- about two-thirds of which are rated -- roughly half are Chef's Choice models. Although most models only receive one or two reviews, a few have 40 or more comments with high overall ratings. Nearly all knife sharpeners at this website receive above-average overall ratings, however. This site may be more useful as a tool for further research once you've narrowed down your choices.
11. CookingCache.com
Oct. 19, 2007
Knife Sharpener Reviews
by Editors of CookingCache.com
Our AssessmentCookingCache.com, a website devoted mostly to recipes, reviews knife sharpeners and steels and lists its favorites by category. Editors don't indicate how many they test overall, but their reviews, although not in-depth, do reveal that their panel has a thorough knowledge of kitchen knives and knife sharpeners. In the manual sharpener category, they list one favorite for German knives and another for Japanese knives.
12. GadgetReview.com
Aug. 9, 2012
Edge of Glory Knife Sharpener Review
by Shawn Kline
Our AssessmentThis single-product review discusses the Edge of Glory knife sharpener, an "As Seen on TV" product that ads claim can give a credit card a sharp enough edge to cut through a tomato. Reviewer Shawn Kline finds that the sharpener really does live up to its claim. It's also quite easy to use, with its single slot for knives and a suction-cup base that holds it securely to the counter. Although its plastic body feels somewhat flimsy, Kline nonetheless deems it "one of those kitchen gadgets everyone should own."
13. ShopSmart
November 2012
Money-Wasting Gadgets
by Editors of ShopSmart magazine
Our AssessmentShopSmart is a sister publication to ConsumerReports.org, with more of a focus on products and issues of interest to women. This article discusses kitchen gadgets, sorting them into three groups: "Not worth it," "Consider it" and "Totally worth it." Editors put an electric knife sharpener on the first list, saying that they're overpriced and "can warp or chip blades" without proper handling. They recommend using a simple honing stone instead, or else having knives sharpened professionally. However, a footnote adds that the products in the article have not actually been tested in ConsumerReports.org's labs.
14. The New York Times
Oct. 8, 2003
New Lives for Old Knives
by Denise Landis
Our AssessmentDenise Landis describes her search for "a simply designed sharpener I could keep handy to bring a slightly dull knife back to life." She focuses on smaller sharpeners (to fit "inconspicuously" into her kitchen) that can produce a decent edge with minimal skill. The Smith's 10-Second Knife and Scissors Sharpener was easy to spot in the reviewer's "crowded utensil drawer," and the Chef's Choice 460 "seemed indispensable" for her serrated and wavy-edge knives." Her third pick, the Aladdin Knife Sharpener, mounts on a wall, allowing for a quick swipe in passing.
15. St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press
Aug. 2, 2008
Sylvia Says: Chef'sChoice Diamond Hone AngleSelect Sharpener Is Cutting Edge
by Sylvia Anderson
Our AssessmentLifestyle reporter Sylvia Anderson offers her two cents about the Chef's Choice AngleSelect Diamond Hone Knife Sharpener 1520. However, without a clear indication of testing, her brief review is mostly a run-down of features. Nevertheless, her bottom line is that the Chef's Choice 1520 "takes out all of the guesswork or need for skill in sharpening knives. You could probably do the job blindfolded, although that's not a good idea."
16. Amazon.com
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How to Buy: Knife Sharpeners
by Schuyler Ingle
Our AssessmentThis article provides some basic information about sharpening methods, but it doesn't discuss individual sharpeners. There is also some misinformation here about butcher's steels, which are described as "perfectly good" at sharpening. Cook's Illustrated magazine, however, explains in its article on electric sharpeners that a steel does not actually sharpen the blade; it merely realigns a warped edge to improve cutting performance. No product ratings are included in this overview.
17. Real Simple
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Knife Sharpeners
by Melinda Page
Our AssessmentMelinda Page provides a brief roundup of four sharpening products: diamond steel, pull through, electric and ceramic. Although she includes a list of pros and cons for each model, it's not clear how (or if) she tested them. There is no direct comparison among the products and no comparison to other sharpeners on the market. Also, two of the recommended sharpeners are no longer available.
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