Top 20 Sharpeners of 2023

Discover the must-have sharpeners that stole the spotlight this year! Join us as we look back at the chart-topping sharpeners of 2023.

20) Naniwa Traditional Stones

19) Chef's Choice Model 15 Trizor XV Knife Sharpener

18) Shapton GlassStone HR Series

The Shapton GlassStone HR Series water stones.

17) DMT Diafold Serrated Knife Sharpener

16) DMT Double-Sided 8" Dia-Sharp Diamond Stone

15) Norton 3 Stone IM313CIS Arkansas System

14) Work Sharp Ken Onion Elite Knife Sharpening Kit

13) DMT 8" Dia-Sharp Kit

12) Naniwa S2 Super Stones

11) Tormek T-8


10) DMT Dia-Flat 95 Plus Lapping Plate

The Dia-Flat 95 Plus is a top-notch lapping plate designed for efficient water stone flattening, featuring grooves, high-quality diamond abrasives, rigorous quality testing, and superior durability through Hardcoat Technology. Made in the USA by DMT, it ensures a flat surface for sharpening woodworking tools and offers a smoother and more effective flattening experience.


9) Tormek T-1 Kitchen Knife Sharpener

The Tormek T-1 is a reliable and versatile kitchen knife sharpener with an attractive design, precise angle adjustment, and efficient sharpening process. Its Swedish manufacturing and 8-year warranty underscore its quality and durability, making it a valuable addition to any home kitchen for achieving professional-level sharpness on a variety of knives.

8) 12" XL Double-Sided Paddle Strop

The 12" XL Double Sided Paddle Strop is a versatile and high-quality tool for achieving a razor-sharp edge on knives and tools. Its large size, dual-sided design, and compatibility with honing compounds make it an essential addition to any sharpening toolkit, ensuring precision and durability in the sharpening process.

7) Double-Time Flattening Stone

The Double-Time Flattening Stone offers a practical and efficient solution to achieve flat water stones while prioritizing quality and affordability. Its unique double-sided design, precision flatness, and choice of high-quality abrasive material make it a valuable tool for sharpening enthusiasts, all proudly made in the USA and backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

6) Edge-On-Up Sharpness Testers

The PT50 Series Sharpness Testers from Edge-On-Up offer a precise and standardized method for measuring the sharpness of edges, providing a numerical result to compare sharpness levels. These testers use a calibrated medium to measure the force in grams required to cut through, allowing for accurate sharpness assessment.

Among the PT50 Series models, the Edge-On-Up Industrial Edge Tester (PT50A) stands out as the most precise option, suitable for commercial and industrial use with a 3-year warranty. It features a high-speed processor, 1-gram resolution, a portable lightweight design, and convenient operation. Additionally, it includes the New Aluminum Test Fixture and Disposable Clip System for versatile measurement of cutting tools and edges.


5) Shapton Kuromaku Professional Stones

These Professional stones are crafted using meticulously graded ceramic abrasives, ensuring fast and efficient sharpening at various grit levels. Shapton offers ten distinct stones, ranging from a highly aggressive 120 grit to an incredibly fine 30,000 grit, providing a wide range of options to meet diverse sharpening needs. Whether you're a professional or a serious home sharpener, Shapton Kuromaku Professional Stones offer reliability, efficiency, and exceptional results for sharpening a wide range of cutting tools.


4) Naniwa Professional Stones

The Naniwa Professional sharpening stones are prized possessions for those seeking superior sharpening performance. With generous dimensions, a wide range of grits, and innovative Magnesia Bonding, these stones provide a consistent, fast-cutting, and enjoyable sharpening experience while requiring minimal soaking.


3) Work Sharp Rolling Knife Sharpener

Experience the simplicity of sharpening with the Work Sharp Rolling Knife Sharpener, designed to make sharp blades a daily reality. This tool redefines the sharpening process by offering a straightforward approach: just place your knife against the Magnetic Angle Block and roll the abrasive along the cutting edge. Whether you're sharpening kitchen knives, outdoor blades, or pocket knives, it's that easy. Say goodbye to dull blades and hello to a world where sharpness is easily attainable with the Work Sharp Rolling Knife Sharpener.


2) Tormek T-8 Black 50th Anniversary Edition

Celebrate 50 years of Tormek excellence with the limited edition Tormek T-8 Black. This special machine boasts a striking all-black appearance and includes a 600 Grit Diamond Grinding Wheel, Composite Honing Wheel, and an unprecedented 50-year warranty. With its unique black finish, it not only delivers outstanding sharpening results but also adds a touch of style to any workshop. This limited edition piece of Tormek history offers great value at $995 and is a testament to Tormek's commitment to quality and reliability.

The T-8 Black ensures repeatability in sharpening, with guided jigs that remove only a minute fraction of steel during each sharpening, accommodating various tool shapes effortlessly. Its water-cooled slow-speed wheel prevents overheating and temper loss in tools, while also keeping the workspace free of grinding dust. This versatile machine can handle knives, scissors, carving tools, wood turning tools, axes, planer blades, and drill bits, making it a dependable and versatile investment in quality and performance for any workshop enthusiast. Don't miss the opportunity to own this limited edition Tormek T-8 Black and enjoy the benefits of precision and durability for years to come.


1) Work Sharp Professional Precision Adjust Knife Sharpener

The Work Sharp Professional Precision Adjust Knife Sharpener, released earlier this year, not only won Blade Show's Accessory of the Year. it also consistently sold out for months after its release. It features a solid chassis with adjustable angles between 15 and 30 degrees, ensuring precise sharpening results. The sharpener comes with innovative features, including an Angle Adjuster, Small Knife Table, Digital Angle Indicator, Clamp Support, Rotating Knife Clamp, and Tilting Chassis, all aimed at making sharpening quicker and more precise.