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Every good chef, amateur or otherwise, needs a good set of sharp kitchen knives. Unfortunately, knives don’t stay sharp. Every time your blade hits anything solid it takes a knock that slowly dulls the edge. A blunt blade is more dangerous than a sharp one which is why it is worth investing in the best manual knife sharpener you can get.

Types of Manual Sharpeners

There are several manual knife sharpeners on the market. The whetstone sharpener is one of the oldest, and it does a fine job if you’re skilled in the art of knife sharpening. Without these skills, you could end up permanently damaging the edge of your favorite knives, consigning them to the bin.

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The more modern blade sharpener typically has pull-through slots with varying degrees of fine and coarse grit so that you can sharpen the edge and then smooth it to a fine finish. The coarse grit causes a burr that the fine grit takes it off. Even if you have chosen to use a whetstone, you’ll require more than one to properly finish the edge of your blade.

Manual pull-through sharpeners look just like the electric ones. Many chefs prefer manual sharpeners to the electric equivalents because they are quieter. You can use them just about anywhere since they don’t need an electrical outlet. They take minimal space on the countertop, and can be hung neatly with a hook on the wall or kept in a utensil holder or drawer.

One of the main reasons that manual sharpeners are preferred is that a manual sharpener gives you full control of the process. You decide how much pressure you bring to bear and you decide how quickly you draw the blade through the slot.

When choosing your knife sharpener remember that to sharpen a blade effectively the steel that the sharpener is made from must be stronger than the steel from which the blade is made. Most manual sharpeners are two-stage, but the best offers users three stages.

Manual knife sharpeners are a lot cheaper than the electric sharpeners. A manual sharpener is easy to use. You put your blade into the slot close to the handle and then draw the knife several times through each slot. Wheßn using a three-stage sharpener start with the coarse slot and then work your way to the fine slot.

The Best Manual Knife Sharpener

For my money, the best manual knife sharpener currently available is a 3-Stage Knife Sharpener by Cubikooks— the CS-T01.

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This pull-through knife sharpener is capable of sharpening almost every blade in your home from a pocket knife to utility, Santuko to hunting knife. It boasts three stages. These include:

  • Diamond dusted rods – for straightening the edge and removing burrs
  • Tungsten blades – sharpen the edge to a razor finish
  • Ceramic rods – gently polish the edge after sharpening.

You can use the ceramic rods, between sharpening, to hone the blade. When you sharpen your blades a small amount of steel is shaved off so sharpening will eventually wear the blades down. Honing, on the other hand, simply straightens out microscopic dings along the edge. This gives the edge a new lease on life without removing any steel. Many chefs will hone their favorite knives before and after every use.

The Cubicook CS-T01 is made from solid ABS plastic. The knife slots are protected by a stainless-steel shield to prevent nicks and scratches. It is well constructed and easy to keep clean, a solid piece of kitchen equipment with good heft. This, along with the large, ergonomic handle and non-slip base, ensures that it doesn’t move when in use.

This quality product is backed by a lifetime warranty. It is reasonably priced offering good value for money.