Knife sharpeners save time and money by keeping the blades you have sharp and ready to slice.

Here we provide information about the available knife sharpeners so you can make the best decision for your commercial kitchen.

There are three types of knife sharpeners: electric, handheld, and stones. Similarly, sharpening steels are a must for maintaining knife quality.

Electric sharpeners are the most efficient. Designed with several sharpening slots, these unique machines sharpen knives by grinding away at the blade to create a new edge. The newly created edge is then sharpened with a coarse grit and refined with a fine grit, making the perfect edge. This is all accomplished with a single machine and is extremely user-friendly. The various slots are slanted perfectly to ensure operators hold the knife at just the right angle for the ideal sharpness.

Handheld sharpeners are similar but are manually operated. They are much smaller and can be transported from location to location easily. Its operation is different depending on the model purchased. You will either place the sharpener on a solid surface such as a table or counter and run the blade through its sharpening slot yourself or place your knife spine-down on a table or counter and run the sharpener over it. Both work with the same efficiency so is up to user preferences.

Edlund Sharpener

Sharpening stones are made from three different materials, respectably. They are Novaculite, aluminum oxide, or silicon carbide. All are durable and provide ideal sharpness. These three are often referred to as Arkansas, India, and Crystolon. Arkansas is a naturally occurring material and can be used for sharpening or honing a blade since it can be found with coarse or fine grits. India and Crystolon are both man-made materials and have separate sharpening purposes. India is known for its fine grit, perfect for honing while Crystolon is known for its coarse grit, better for sharpening. Both can be used together.

Please note that whichever type of sharpener you choose, there are models available for serrated knives. If the model you’re looking at does not specifically state that it can be used for serrated edges, it should not be used for such knives. Knife sharpeners not designated for serrated knives can damage the blade.

Sharpening stones can be used in addition to the knife sharpener to hone one’s edge. It is ideal for knife maintenance and upkeep and can prolong the time between sharpening sessions. Sharpening stones are available in steel, coated with diamond abrasives, a combination of steels, or ceramic materials.

We sell a variety of knife sharpeners. Most notable are our Edlund electric models. They have an easy track system and a guidance system for ease of use and improved efficiency. Depending on the model, they are either NSF or cULus and CE certified.


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