How to Choose a Knife Sharpener
Sharp knives make the culinary world go round but finding the best knife sharpener isn’t as simple as walking into the store and grabbing the one you see. Today we’ll look at the different features to look for, using the Chef’sChoice 4643 ProntoPro Diamond Hone Manual Knife Sharpener as an example.
Features to Consider When Buying a Knife Sharpener
When looking for a knife sharpener, size matters. Size doesn’t affect sharpening capability, just the storage space required to store it. So, look around your kitchen and see if it can comfortably accommodate the dimensions of the knife sharpener you are considering buying. The Chef’sChoice ProntoPro knife sharpener is compact and can be easily stored in most kitchens.
Every knife sharpener has its own level of abrasiveness or grit. The level of abrasiveness is gauged in terms of grit, ranging from fine to course depending on the amount of metal taken off the knife during sharpening. Each level is suitable for different types of blades with different levels of bluntness and damage. Diamond is the hardest of sharpening materials, followed by tungsten carbide and polished ceramic.
The Chef’sChoice Knife Sharpener uses diamond abrasives in all stages so, it not only sharpens but also hones.
Multiple Sharpening Stages
Not all knives need the same level of sharpening look for a sharpener that offers more than one sharpening stage. The Chef’sChoice ProntoPro is a professional 3-stage sharpener and can effectively sharpen, hone, and polish the edge of a knife with the incorporated diamond abrasives.
The best knife sharpeners let you hone knives at different angles since the right angle will depend on the knife. Based on your experience level and the ease of use you require, look for a knife sharpener that offers precise blade angles to get the right angle and sharp edges. The Chef’sChoice knife sharpener offers precise bevel angle control with angle guides to ensure angle control.
Handling sharp objects of all kinds should always be approached with caution, so whether you are a novice or an expert in sharpening knives, find a knife sharpener with safety features and that is easy and comfortable to use. You can see from looking at the handle that the Chef’sChoice provides an easy and secure grip that guarantees comfort when using, and it has rubber grips on the bottom to ensure grip.