Sharpening utensils come in many shapes and sizes for the wide range of tools that need to be sharpened. If you're in need of industrial strength sharpening or mass sharpening capacity, a commercial grade electric knife sharpener or a sharpening wheel using diamond, steel or ceramic materials is what you're looking for.
For home or small-scale use, a manual knife sharpener will do the trick. Steel knife sharpeners and ceramic knife sharpeners are both good for manual sharpening, and some multipurpose tools will include both, and sharpen other utensils such as scissors and shears.
When shopping for sharpening utensils, consider the following options:
1. Browse electric and manual varieties of knife sharpening tools;
2. Check out commercial knife sharpeners for industrial strength;
3. Get portability and multipurpose use out of a manual knife sharpener.
Browse electric and manual knife sharpeners for small-scale useIf you're looking for a basic kitchen knife sharpener to use in your small business, there are a number of electric and manual options from which to choose. Electric kitchen knife sharpeners are quicker to use, but manual sharpeners may offer more precision when sharpening smaller tools and knives.
Shop electric knife sharpeners for commercial grade sharpeningElectric knife sharpeners are available for both small-scale and large-scale use. The size of electric knife sharpening machines can vary greatly, as will the cost and maintenance involved, but if you are involved in commercial sharpening bigger electric wheels are typically better.
Get portable features from pocket-sized sharpening utensilsIf you're looking for manual sharpening utensils to slip in your pocket and take to a special occasion or catered event, shop with a camping outfitter to find a sharpener designed for portable use. Portable knife sharpeners typically have several functions and features for sharpening both serrated and flat edges and are a great small-scale sharpening tool for shopping on a budget and sharpening on-the-go while catering or serving.
- If you're shopping for a basic kitchen knife sharpener, whether it's electric or manual, check the product specifications to find out how much metal is removed from the blade when you sharpen. Different products sharpen differently, and the sharpening process can drastically change the life of your knives and other blades, depending on how often you sharpen and how much material is removed in the process.