Even the best kitchen knives in the world won't do you a lick of good if they're not actually sharpened. And the "sharpening steel" that comes with your knife set is a bit of misnomer—it's a stop-gap measure that will extend the usability of a dull blade.
To make your knives truly function as new, you need an electric sharpener, which actually trims away a microscopic amount of the metal so that the blade can once again cut everything—from a tomato skin to a lamb shank—with hardly any effort.
This model from Edgeware allows you to sharpen both sides of knife at the same time and can adjust to between 10° and 30° (European and Japanese blades are manufactured with different cutting angles) at the turn of a dial. In addition to electric sharpening slots, this models comes with a pull-out manual sharpener for serrated knife blades.
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