Updated on 16 October, 2021
What is it that really makes a "best professional knife sharpener" and not just another guy who knows what he's doing? Well, there are many things to be considered when choosing a sharpener, but first and foremost, you must determine your needs. If you are in the market for a new sharpener, then you probably know that most of them are made to sharpen one specific kind of knife. There are those designed to sharpen both types of knives and others for only one type. You can also find some which are made for hunting knives only, or knives which do not necessarily have a hunting function at all.
The types of knives that you plan to sharpen will also help you decide which type of sharpener is best for you. There are some which have more moving parts than other types, and therefore require more attention. In order to sharpen these knives properly, you will need to wear protective eye gear, such as glasses if it is clear or even a mask if it is dark. However, this may not be a concern for you if you just need one knife sharpened on a occasion, such as a special birthday gift for a family member. If however, you sharpen several times a week or even daily, then it is important to make sure that you are not subjecting yourself to any risk of injury.
Another thing to consider is how often you plan to sharpen the knife. Do you plan to bring it out to cut onions on your next camping trip, or are you planning to use it to cook your favorite meal? If you plan to use it for both, then you will need more powerful sharpeners, since you would need to take the knife outdoors more often. If you buy one which is intended to be used for one purpose, you will probably not need the highest quality and the most powerful motor. However, if you sharpen your knives on a weekly basis and just plan to bring them out once every few months, then you might want to invest in a high quality product which has a small but powerful motor and high quality blade.
Safety is also an issue you need to consider. Some people think that all sharpeners need to have a safety guard attached to the blade, to prevent it from accidentally cutting the skin. Unfortunately, although the guard does provide some level of safety, it is only one part of a much larger system. You also need to pay close attention to the speed at which the blade moves when you hold it in the right hand, since you do not want it to be too slow to avoid you getting tired and dropping it. In addition, you need to make sure that there is no possibility of the blade locking up, since this can cause significant problems if you accidentally pull it back.
The type of cutting board and knife you use are also an important factor to consider. There are two types of board: wooden and plastic. If you are going to use a wooden board, you need to make sure that it is completely smooth, otherwise it will not be able to absorb the knives energy correctly. On the other hand, plastic boards tend to be a little bit more difficult to cut on, due to the fact that they tend to be more slippery. You need to experiment with both types to determine which one provides the best grip, and which one provides you the most safety.
Also, as you become more experienced with using the various types of sharpeners available, you will find that some require you to remove the blade in order to apply pressure on them. This is fine for simple tasks such as scoring a pattern into paper, but when you start to think about cutting real flesh, it can pose a safety risk. For example, if you are trying to cut through the handle of a real knife, you are likely going to cause enough pressure to crack the knife or even bend the handle backwards. As a result, it is often preferable to purchase professional knife sets which include a safety guard. Just be sure to use a good quality blade with these sets, in order to prevent any damage to yourself.
Many professional cutlery sets come with a blade sharpener built right into the blade itself. These sharpening agents are typically ceramic or tourmaline and can be very effective for keeping your blade sharp for a number of applications. One of the downsides to this is that the sharpening compound tends to build up quickly if you do not clean out the sharpener regularly. This compound will burn through your blade material if you do not remove it properly, and can ruin your knives edge development over time. In addition, the blade sharpener may interfere with the folding action of some types of knife blades.
Another common type of sharpeners is the jig saw. These devices are generally only used for cutting softer materials, and will rarely cut through wood. However, there are some types of wood which can actually damage a jig saw blade, especially if the blade is not pre-ground. Therefore, in most cases it is typically preferable to purchase a professional knife set containing a variety of different types of sharpeners. Even if your current knife set does not contain a blade sharpener, it is possible to find one that will work well for you.