Every now and then we like to switch up our topics and take a look at something totally unrelated to software. We are after gadget guys at heart. So in this post we’re going to take a look at a product that everyone should have in their home, especially if they enjoy cooking.
It’s not uncommon for amateur chefs to spend many hundreds of dollars on knives for their kitchen. And now days there is a knife for every purpose as well as a large variety of materials out of which their blades are made. But even more important than having a whole block full of expensive knives is making sure that you keep the knives you have sharp.
While the idea behind knife sharpening is not new, most amateur cooks know very little about it. But a sharp knife will not only increase your speed and enjoyment of cooking, it can also increase your safety.
As a blade dulls it requires more and more pressure to cut through foods. The harder you’re having to press, the more likely you are to make a mistake and cut yourself. Additionally, when a dull blade encounters something dense, it has a tendency to change directions. This can lead to VERY bad results for your fingers.
Knife sharpening is a bit of an art. Most professionals will tell you that the only way to sharpen a blade without causing damage is with a good set of sharpening stones. The only problem with this is that it takes a good bit of time and practice to be able to sharpen knives on a stone. It requires holding the blade at a consistent angle and providing just the right amount of pressure.
For most consumers an electric knife sharpener is the fastest, easiest, and safest way to sharpen their knives. While you will certainly pay a bit more for an electric sharpener the time savings alone make it worth it. For our money, the Smith’s Edge Pro is the best knife sharpening system for the money. It has an knob that allows you to adjust the sharpening angle to match the factory angle of your blades. This means that even if you have a wide assortment of knives, it will still be up to the task.
There are other models on the market that are more reasonably priced. And if you want to spend a great deal less, you can go with a manual guided knife sharpener. These lock the blade into place while you pull it through the sharpener, keeping the blade angle consistent. Most models, however, do not allow you to select the angle at which it sharpens.
A great resource for finding the right knife sharpener for your kitchen can be found at www.thebestknifesharpener.org. Here you’ll find a guide that helps you select what you need based on the knives you currently own. It’s worth the read.