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Knife Sharpeners, 20-Degree (Conventional Western)

We tested nine sharpeners designed to maintain 20-degree (Western style) knives.

What We Learned

A sharp knife is a cook’s best friend. If you look closely at the sharpened edge of a blade, called the bevel, it’s shaped like a “V” or a wedge. Traditionally, knives from Western manufacturers featured broader bevels, about 20 degrees wide on either side of the point, while Asian manufacturers ground narrower bevels, typically 10 to 15 degrees wide on either side.

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