HOT SPRINGS, Ark.-KitchenIQ, maker of knife sharpeners and kitchen tools, recently conducted a nationwide Knife Sharpening IQ survey to gauge the level of expertise Americans have when it comes to knife sharpening, and found out that a majority are in need of some help.
Of the more than 1,200 men and women surveyed, 57 percent were deemed as “Need Some Honing,” meaning they had a small amount of knowledge about knife sharpening. Nearly 35 percent were considered a “Diamond in the Rough” after responding incorrectly to more than two-thirds of the survey.
The survey consisted of a variety of questions designed to uncover participants’ “sharpening IQ.” It asked questions like, “What is a paring knife used for?” “Which material is best for sharpening a very dull knife at home?” and “What is a steel used for?” A mere 8 percent of respondents were considered “Sharp as a Tack” or an expert on knife sharpening.
Although a majority of those surveyed (59 percent) said they were “extremely likely” or “likely” to sharpen their knives at home, more than 50 percent said they don’t own a sharpener, but if they did they would sharpen at home. Another 21 percent said they don’t know how to sharpen. A large majority (81 percent) said the most important thing they look for in a sharpener is ease of use.