Lansky BladeMedic | $8 | Amazon
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When your kitchen knives start to slip, you could train yourself to use a whetstone, or take them in for professional sharpening. And if you spent hundreds of dollars on them, that’s probably exactly what you should do for the best results.

But if you just want to give your blades a quick hone between major tune-ups, or for less expensive blades that aren’t worth the trouble, Lansky’s BladeMedic has proved to be the most popular tool out there with our readers. One ~$10 tool includes two v-sharpeners, a fold-out sharpening rod, and a ceramic sharpening edge for serrated knives, all in a handheld package that can fit into any kitchen drawer.