One of the most important survival and hunting tools an out doors man (or woman) can have is a sharp knife. Having a well-sharpened knife ensures that it will work efficiently and cut through anything with ease.
Some of the most popular knife sharpening tools are whetstones, sharpening rods, pull through sharpeners, guided sharpening, and electric sharpeners. Electric knife sharpeners, in particular, have gained popularity because they’re one of the fastest and most reliable knife sharpening options.
To help you find the best electric knife sharpener, this article will give an overview of the factors to consider when buying an electric sharpener and give reviews on products you’ll find on the market.
Factors to Consider
Number of Stages
The most effective electric knife sharpeners will have two or three stages. Two stage knife sharpeners will ground and sharpen your knife in the first stage part of the machine, and in the second stage it will get honed and polished. Three stage knife sharpeners remove bluntness by removing unwanted metal in the first stage, create a sharp edge in the second stage, and in the third stage the blade is polished to razor sharpness.
It’s important to look at the sharpening abrasives used on an electric sharpener because this will determine the amount of metal it will remove from the knife. For a course sharpening stage, the sharpening abrasive should be Diamond or Sapphire. A fine sharpening stage should be made out of ceramic, flexible stropping disks or ultra-fine grit ceramic.
Electric knife sharpeners should be automated, easy to use and also safe. Look for safety features such as a non-slip base which will help the sharpener to stay firm and in the same position throughout the sharpening process.
You may also find new electric knife sharpeners with interchangeable blade guides or elastomeric angle guides to get the best sharpening angles. Another thing to note is that electric knife sharpeners are ideal for home-use before going out in the field. Unlike other sharpening tools, they’re not the most convenient to bring on hunting trips.
Now it’s time to take a look at some of the most popular electric knife sharpeners on the market.
Presto 8800 Eversharp Electric Knife Sharpener
Presto’s EverSharp electric knife sharpener is a two-stage sharpening system that’s precise and easy to use. It has precision blade guides that create the perfect sharpening angle every time. It’s compatible with most non-serrated kitchen and sports knives made out of alloy, carbon or stainless steel. The EverSharpis made with Sapphire sharpening wheels to create razor sharp edges.
It also features two receptacles to catch metal filings and three suction cups on its bottom to keep the sharpener steady on any table or countertop. To sharpen your knives effectively you must draw the knife slowly towards you, parallel to the countertop or table. Do not apply any pressure while sharpening with the EverSharp because it will slow down the motor and stop the stones.
Presto 8810 Professional Electric Knife Sharpener
Presto’s 8810 model is a three-stage electric knife sharpener that gives you professional sharpening results in your own home. It works well on kitchen knives, hunting knives, fillet knives and all sorts of sports knives. This professional knife sharpener features interchangeable blade guides to ensure that you get the best sharpening angles. The sharpener is lightweight, easy to use and has suction cups on the bottom to keep it steady as you sharpen.
Make sure that you do not apply pressure on the knife or you run the risk of wrecking the knife and/or machine.
Sunrisepro Knife Sharpener
The SunrisePro knife sharpener is made with a patented design that can sharpen your knives in less than 60 seconds. It’s easy to use and features a PowerGrip suction cup base to ensure that it will stick onto any surface. The sharpener uses tungsten carbide to shave off dull metal and make your blades razor sharp. It uses one versatile cutting angle to ensure that you get consistently sharp edges.
This electric knife sharpener was made to sharpen a wide range of blade types: straight or serrated, kitchen or hunting. Be aware that this sharpener should not be used for extremely fine-toothed, serrated knives.
Gelindo 3 Stage Knife Sharpener
This Gelindo sharpener has a 3-stage sharpening system that can sharpen your knives in just 3-4 pulls. The first slot it made with a high-grade Diamond rod to sharpen ceramic blades; the second slot is made with tungsten carbide to sharpen even the dullest knives; and, the third slot uses a ceramic sharpening stone to give you razor sharp edges. Its three stages allow you to sharpen a wide variety of knives including paring, hunting, military, fishing and folding knives.
However, this electric sharpener is not compatible with serrated knives and scissors. The housing is made of ABS plastic and features a long handle and rubber base to keep it stable while sharpening.
Amado Professional Diamond Ceramic Knife Sharpener
Amado’s professional knife sharpener is a three-stage system that’s safe, durable and easy to use. The first slot has a Diamond rod to sharpen ceramic knives; the second slot is made with tungsten steel for coarse sharpening; and the third slot has a ceramic rod to remove knife burrs and polish the blade nicely.
The sharpener features non-slip rubber feet and an ergonomically designed handle to give you a firm grip. This Diamond Ceramic sharpener was designed to sharpen straight-edged knives, not serrated knives or scissors.
If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to sharpen knives, electric knife sharpeners are your best bet. They can sharpen your knife’s edges with precision, with no technical skill required. When looking to invest in an electric knife sharpener be sure to look for a multiple stage sharpener with high-quality sharpening abrasives and safety features. Research products thoroughly in order to find the best electric knife sharpener for the knives you intend to keep sharpened.