Originally Posted by Donnelly
I've been using a steel on my knives and I thinks it's time to get a sharpening device. Can I get suggestions on a good place to start.
How sharp do you want to get your knives?
If you want to get seriously sharp you need to invest in a couple of stones and put the time and effort into learning how to use them. There are some scary people on these forums who go well beyond that.
If you go that route I'd recommend getting at least two stones. One with with a ~300-400 grit that will be used to re-establish the bevel and another at ~800-1200 grit to smooth and polish the edge.
I prefer using a hard German stone for the coarse grinding and soft Japanese stone for the polishing.
If you just want them sharp enough to keep an edge for domestic use there are a number of systems you can use. Some that I've seen used that do the job are:
- Furitech system
- Ceramic wheel sharpeners, Global being the best.
- Electric sharpeners. Be very careful as a bad electric sharpener will strip away all the metal in your knives before you can blink. Shun and Wusthof have electric sharpeners released under their brand names and these are names that I do trust.
I am personally very scared of any diamond sharpeners, although that might not be entirely rational.
The important thing is not to oversharpen your knives as you'll be left with a set of beautiful metal toothpicks if you do. For home use you will never need to sharpen your main knife more than once a month