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October 2, 2009

Kitchen Gadgets - Knife Sharpener

A knife sharpener is another kitchen gadget that a lot of people overlook. Instead of buying quality knives and keeping them sharp, people throw them away and buy new, or try to cut with a dull knife. There isn't much worse (in the cutting world) than trying to cut something up with a dull knife. A good knife sharpener is a great investment and something great for preppers to keep in the kitchen.

Keeping a quality knife sharpened will save you money over time by not having to keep purchasing new knifes. This also goes for your camping, hunting, or survival knifes. Purchase a quality knife and have alongside the knife, a quality sharpener. A hand sharpener is best because it doesn't require electricity so it would be good off the grid. Keeping your knifes sharp will make the work you do with the knife a lot easier. Vegetables, bread, fruits, and pretty much everything cuts better if you are working with a sharp knife.

There are a lot of knife sharpeners out there and it's hard to decide which one to get. I like the AccuSharp Knife and Tool Sharpener. It works great, it's simple to use and it's great for beginners who would like to start taking care of their knives. It's made in the USA and is not going to break your budget. If you decide to pick this one up make sure you get an extra set of blades because it features interchangeable blades and it would be a good idea to keep some stocked up.

There are a lot of sharpeners on the market. If you're a knife sharpening veteran I'm sure you would rather use a stone and hand sharpen. While that's great, it's good for beginners and those who can't use a wet stone to have a way to keep their kitchen and survival knives sharp. Make sure you follow the instructions when you're sharpening your knife and be extra careful not to cut yourself. A sharp knife needs to be handled with care.