In my Tools of the Trade posts I often highlight kitchen tools that I find very useful, but not essential. A knife sharpener, however, is essential for me. A lot of cutting goes on in the kitchen, and that task is so much easier and in some ways safer with a sharp knife.
I have not invested in an expensive knife set. I understand the importance of good quality tools, but high quality always comes with a high price. Instead, I have decent knives that work well when they are sharp. But they do get dull.
I have a diamond hone sharpener like the one in the picture ($30.90 from Amazon), but there are others to choose from. In fact there are many more choices than there were when I bought mine years ago. I’m not an expert on knives or sharpeners, and I can’t go into explanations about different features. What I do know is that mine works. It doesn’t take long to sharpen a knife, and cutting with a sharp knife makes a task easy.
Just remember to be careful when working with sharp knives. I had one mishap a number of years ago that required a few stitches in my finger, and I will never forget it.
How do you sharpen your knives?