The Best Knife Sharpener

The Best Knife Sharpener

Our pick

Chef’sChoice Trizor XV

Chef’sChoice Trizor XV

Brilliant edges on almost any knife

The Chef’sChoice Trizor XV is reliable, fast, and easy to use, and it puts a razor edge on almost any kind of knife.

Buying Options

$140* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $132.

The Chef’sChoice Trizor XV produced the keenest, most consistent edges of any sharpener we tested. It repeatedly brought both an inexpensive, German-style chef’s knife and a high-end Japanese-style knife back from butter-knife dullness to one-stroke tomato-slicing sharpness. With the Trizor XV’s detailed user manual and clever design, it’s virtually impossible to mess up the sharpening process—something not every competitor can claim. And since this sharpener is both fast and simple to use, it’s easy to keep your knives sharp at all times. Finally, the Trizor XV is built to last, with a strong motor and sturdy construction. (We’ve used one in the Wirecutter test kitchen for years.) It’s a bit of an investment, but one we think is worth it.

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Budget pick

Work Sharp Culinary E2

Work Sharp Culinary E2

Sharpness for less

The diminutive Work Sharp Culinary E2 outperformed every other sharpener in its price range. It’s great for the occasional cook.

Buying Options

$50 from Amazon

If you’re an occasional cook and don’t have a lot of knives to maintain, we recommend the electric Work Sharp Culinary E2. It’s not nearly as fast, powerful, or sturdily built as the Chef’sChoice Trizor XV, but it’s easy to use, and it produced a better edge than any other sharpener in its price range. If you know you’ll need a sharpener only a few times a year, we think it will give you the best bang for your buck.

Our pick

Idahone Fine Ceramic Sharpening Rod (12 inches)

Idahone Fine Ceramic Sharpening Rod (12 inches)

The best honing rod

The Idahone Fine Ceramic Sharpening Rod works on any kind of knife (except a serrated one), and it’s gentler on blades than traditional steel honing rods.

Buying Options

$34* from Idahone

*At the time of publishing, the price was $40.

A honing rod is the best and easiest way to maintain a knife’s edge between sharpenings, and the Idahone Fine Ceramic Sharpening Rod (12 inches) stood out among the nine models we tested. Its exceptionally smooth surface was gentler on the blades than the other rods were, and it worked equally well on Japanese- and German-style knives. Its maple handle was the most comfortable and attractive, and the Idahone comes with a sturdy ring for hanging (which is handy, since ceramic rods are vulnerable to chipping if stored in a drawer).

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Our pick

Chef’sChoice Trizor XV

Chef’sChoice Trizor XV

Brilliant edges on almost any knife

The Chef’sChoice Trizor XV is reliable, fast, and easy to use, and it puts a razor edge on almost any kind of knife.

Buying Options

$140* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $132.

Budget pick

Work Sharp Culinary E2

Work Sharp Culinary E2

Sharpness for less

The diminutive Work Sharp Culinary E2 outperformed every other sharpener in its price range. It’s great for the occasional cook.

Buying Options

$50 from Amazon

Our pick

Idahone Fine Ceramic Sharpening Rod (12 inches)

Idahone Fine Ceramic Sharpening Rod (12 inches)

The best honing rod

The Idahone Fine Ceramic Sharpening Rod works on any kind of knife (except a serrated one), and it’s gentler on blades than traditional steel honing rods.

Buying Options

$34* from Idahone

*At the time of publishing, the price was $40.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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