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It might sound contradictory, but the sharper the knife, the less likely you are to cut yourself. A dull knife requires more pressure and can often slip on smooth produce, rather than cut straight through.
However, a whole new knife set will cost you. You can find a decent six-knife set by Cuisinart for about $40, but prices only go up from there, even up to several hundreds of dollars. So, if you have a set of dull knives, it’s worth trying to sharpen it before replacing it.
The KitchenIQ 50009 Edge Grip 2-Stage Knife Sharpener is Amazon’s No. 1 best-selling knife sharpener with over 9,000 positive reviews. “I could tell an immediate difference in cutting properties. Slicing through sinewy fibers in chicken was like zipping through butter,” one reviewer said.
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The sharpener has two stages of sharpening: coarse and fine. According to the product description, the coarse stage should be used for dull and damaged knives, while the fine stage is more gentle and is to be used for polishing knives and quick touch-ups.
“Carbide blades (coarse) provide quick edge setting capabilities, and the ceramic rods (fine) are used for the final edge honing,” the description reads.
To prevent larger knives from dragging over the countertop when in use, the sharpener has an edge grip that rests on the edge of a counter or table. It also has a rubber grip for safer use. However, this sharpener is small and easy to store away in a drawer or cabinet.
Knife sharpening grinds and shaves parts of the blade off to produce a new, sharp edge. And on the other hand, honing straightens the blade and keeps it in the right position for optimal use, without removing much of the blade. This can be done before every use, but it isn’t necessary.
Keep in mind, knife sharpening shouldn’t have to be done all of the time, but rather a few times a year and to older knives only.
So, if you have older knives that you want to revive, the KitchenIQ knife sharpener is your best $6 bet.
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