The Best Kitchen Knife Sharpener for Every Chef

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A great knife sharpener is a valuable but often overlooked kitchen tool — until you really need it. A sharp knife is critical when you need to slice, dice, chop and carve vegetables, meats, breads and other ingredients, and it doesn't take long to feel the strain and frustration when your knife is too dull to get the job done. Even more importantly, dull knives aren’t just less efficient; they are also significantly more dangerous to use.

Knife sharpeners come in several different types for different blades and sharpening needs. Whether you want an electric knife sharpener for maximum convenience, a sharpening stone for smooth precision, a specialty knife sharpener for serrated blades, or a handheld knife sharpener to easily whip out of the drawer for quick sharpening jobs, we've compiled a list of some of the top options to consider for your kitchen.

As you get ready to explore the sharpening options in greater detail, don't forget to pick up the appropriate safety gear for the task. Some sharpeners are safer than others to use, but it's always a good idea to slip on cut-resistant gloves to protect your fingers and hands as you work to make your blades wickedly sharp.

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