Too many people struggle with dull knives. Sharpen your knife, and it’s like a miracle—cooking just gets easier.
Gadget name: Chef’sChoice M130 Electric Knife Sharpener
How it’s supposed to work: It uses diamonds, in three sharpening slots. The first is coarse, to regrind a really dull knife; the second is fine, to polish the edge after the coarse slot or just to touch up your knife; the third slot is not motorized—it’s simply a steel, like those sharpening rods you see chefs use. When you’ve been cutting with a sharp knife, often the edge microscopically bends over and makes the knife seem dull; this straightens it.
How it actually works: This quiet model is the Rolls-Royce of sharpeners. Spring-loaded blade guides make sharpening foolproof. One slot works like a sharpening steel but removes all guesswork from the usual steeling motion.
Good to know: We tested more than a dozen knife sharpeners, and this one was the easiest to use, with the best results.
Overall: The Chef’sChoice M130 sharpener is really foolproof. It’s not inexpensive, but it will pay for itself.
How do you keep your knives sharpened?