Fixed Angle Knife Sharpeners
If you spend even just a little amount of time in the kitchen cooking, then you’ll soon find that the expensive cutlery set you splurged on at some point will become dull and tougher to use. Instead of opting for an entirely new set, you can simply sharpen your knives. There are several different methods when it comes to knife sharpening and many use fixed angle knife sharpeners instead of sharpening stones or electric cutters. There are a few different types of fixed angle sharpeners and benefits so that your blades are always sharp and easy to use.Benefits of Fixed Angle Sharpeners
One of the main benefits of fixed angle sharpeners is the fact that they’re fixed. When you use a stone or some other type of cutlery sharpeners, if they are not fixed, then they will wiggle around in your hands and you may not always get the cleanest cut afterward. The constant angle allows you to have a perfect, even blade and it will never be jagged or uneven. One downside is the fact that fixed angle sharpeners do take a fair amount of time to use but the results are well worth it.Construction and Types
There are several different types of fixed angle systems. Most of them are elongated items that rest on your countertop. Different steel blades will come with an entire system and you pull the knife through the selected slots, back and forth, until the knives are sharp. Most knife sharpening systems are made of steel or another strong metal but there are some that have a ceramic construction. It’s a good idea to measure the blades of the knives you’re cutting before purchase, as many fixed angle systems are for small knives, like steak and vegetable knives.Fixed Angle vs Electric
Electric sharpeners are often popular kitchen utensils and gadgets that get tossed in a drawer. They do work well, however, and are fast and easy to use. Most electric cutters can be positioned to be stationary on a countertop. The main problem with electric sharpeners is the rapid pace at which they cut. Every time you use one, you lose a good deal of the knife’s material. A fixed angle sharpener is more tedious, but will elongate the life of your cutlery.Accessories
Many knife sharpening systems will come with a protective case for storage when the system is not in use. It’s a very good idea to look for a system that includes one; small inserts and blades can easily become lost. You may also want to invest in extra clamps (to keep the system stationary), as well as extra steel bits or stones to replace every few months.