Sharp Pebble Premium Whetstone Knife Sharpening Stone Review
This double-sided model put an edge on both of our knives that none of the electric or manual knife sharpeners CR evaluated could match
I wouldn’t wish a dull knife on my worst enemy. As the primary cook in my house, and a former chef, I jumped at the chance to assess eight knife sharpeners as part of Consumer Reports’ Outside the Labs program. I sized up each sharpener by repeatedly dulling and then sharpening two of my favorite knives from our recent chef’s knives test: the J.A. Henckels Forged Premio 8-Inch Chef’s Knife, which is a German-style knife, and the Global G-2 8-inch Chef’s Knife, a Japanese blade.
My pick for knife enthusiasts who are willing to put in the work to keep their blades sharp is the Sharp Pebble Premium Whetstone Knife Sharpening Stone, $40.
For thousands of years, sharpening stones were the only option for sharpening knives, and in my opinion, they remain the gold standard for anyone who finds knife sharpening fun and wants total control. They require a fair amount of skill—users control the sharpening angle as you drag the knife blade across the stone, alternating sides as you go. A separate tool called a bevel gauge—available at home centers and hardware stores—can help you get the angle exactly right. You use a coarse stone for restoring a really dull blade, then progress to a finer stone for polishing the edge. The Pebble Premium is double-sided, with a coarse and fine side on the same stone.
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