While it may seem counter-intuitive, any chef will tell you that more accidents happen with dull knives than sharp knives. There’s just one problem: the steel sharpening tools that come with knife sets can be intimidating for the average home cook. Fortunately, we’ve rounded up the best products for sharpening your cleavers, and keeping your hands safe from nasty kitchen cuts.
1) A Handheld Knife Sharpener
This ergonomic knife sharpener can be held with one hand and stabilized on the counter. The rubber grip handle and non-slip rubber base are designed with safety in mind. Just run your knife through the tungsten carbide steel and ceramic rods two to three times for a razor-sharp knife. The affordable price point—just over $10—makes this a budget-friendly option.
2) A Stone Sharpening Tool
Home cooks will love this simple sharpening too. The combination of 2000 and 6000 grit water stone keeps cleavers razor-sharp and honed. The sharpening stone has a non-slip silicone base, and works on a number of tools, including scissors and woodworking gadgets.
3) A Multi-Purpose Sharpener
This knife sharpener promises precision every time—no skill required. Unlike the other sharpeners on this list, this multi-purpose sharpener works on serrated knives (e.g., bread and hunting knives), and sharpens hardened knives. It can also be used with one hand, and has a power grip suction to attach securely to any flat surface.