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The best I have ever used is two ceramic sticks in a block of wood at 35 degree angles. Just push the knife straight down on alternating sticks. You can make it like a razor and it is foolproof. Google to find other choices; I put the website here to show you what it looks like. Only problem is you must be careful or the knife can slip on and cut your finger....i did it.