There isn’t anything worse than trying to cut fruit or vegetables with a dull knife. It makes you think of those old Ginsu Knife infomercials where they are karate chopping food with their hands. (And yes, we totally linked it!)
Now if you remember that specific commercial, they said these knives could slice, dice, and cut through a tin can. A TIN CAN! That’s cool and all, but what you probably want to know is how to sharpen your current set of kitchen knives.
The easiest way is to pay a professional. However, this can be costly if you sharpen your knives every month or several times a year.
If you don’t plan on sharpening your knives often, then you might look into an electric sharpener. Prices vary and there is criticism that electric sharpeners will decrease the life of your knife. But again, if you don’t cook a lot and use your knives infrequently, then this may be the route for you.
For more info, read The Top 5 Best Electric Knife Sharpeners of 2016
Now if you really want an edge on your knives, learn to use a sharpening stone.
Once you learn the process (which isn’t difficult, but it does take some Youtube research) then you won’t want to sharpen your knives any other way.
Sharpening stones vary in price, but remember this important piece of info: Find a kit that has a medium grit stone and a fine grit stone.
If you’re not sure where to begin, take a look at How to Use a Sharpening Stone.