As the saying goes, “a dull knife is a dangerous knife”. Conversely, and by that same logic, a sharp knife is a safer knife. Why or how so? A dull blade has a tendency to slip off food while cutting, and thus the greater likelihood for an accident – think sliced fingers.
So it only makes sense to hone a kitchen blade with some regularity. Of course, you could opt for the standard honing tool that is often sold along with a set of knives. But that hardly ever feels effective. Moreover, it requires effort. I don’t know about you, but I just want to get to the cooking part, which in turn means completing the chopping part. Though, there is something therapeutic about slicing and dicing.
Enter the Calphalon Classic Self-Sharpening Cutlery featuring SharpIN Technology. Built right into the block is a ceramic knife sharpener. So every time you remove a blade it’s automatically sharpened. Of course, this tech only works with straight blades, so bread knives and serrated tools will have to step aside.
However, it remains to be seen as to whether or not the blades will eventually be over sharpened. And if the ceramic sharpener will lose its effect over time. So good thing there is a full lifetime guarantee.
Alternatively, you can grab a decent, and easy to use manual knife sharpener for no more than $20-30. And while it takes a bit of effort, the effects are pretty substantial.