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Size is not always an indicator of how effective it will be in sharpening your knife to a razor-sharp edge. Some handheld devices are so compact they can even fit in the palm of your hand, while other models are larger than some electric sharpeners. When looking at size, consider where you will use the device and what you will be sharpening. This will help you determine if size is an important factor in your purchase.
While there are many materials that sharpeners can be made of, the three most common are diamond, tungsten carbide, and ceramic. Each has its own benefits, so it's important to consider what characteristics you desire in a sharpener before making your purchase.
Diamond is incredibly hard and capable of maintaining its shape, which makes it a good material to create durable and long-lasting tools. Diamond sharpeners are capable of sharpening both straight edge and serrated knives, but the diamond rods wear down over time.
Tungsten carbide is another material that can produce a very fine edge on your knife. Like a diamond, tungsten carbide is incredibly durable but it may take more time to sharpen your knife.
Ceramic blades are often preferred by people who have delicate knives or are concerned about fragility. While ceramic material can create a fine edge, these sharpeners are less durable than diamond or tungsten carbide.
Ease of Use
Most people sharpen knives because they are dull, not necessarily because they need to create a specific type of edge (although there are many different styles). While it's always best to make sure your device can create the type of edge you need, ease of use is always a priority. Manual sharpeners require no electricity and usually cost less than electric models; however, handheld devices may take some practice and skill to achieve the best result (although many will give step-by-step instructions.)
Q: How often should I sharpen my knives?
This is one of the most common questions we hear, especially after they've bought their first sharpener. Like any tool, you need to know how often it needs to be sharpened. If your knife is just dull, with some TLC it can easily be brought back to life. However, if the knife has been abused to the point where it's almost unusable, you should consider purchasing a new one.
Q: What types of blades can I sharpen?
Like most tools, manual sharpeners are designed for specific uses. While some are able to work with all knives, others are limited. It's important that you read the product description to see if your knife is compatible with the sharpener in question.
Q: Can I use my manual sharpener for serrated blades?
Most manual sharpeners are not designed for serrated knives, but there are some products available that can accommodate this type of blade. If you're not sure, it's always best to read the product description and specifications.