By J. P. Becker "culinary wannabe"
Do not, repeat, DO NOT buy some $100+ electric knife sharpener that may or may not be any good. I got a tip on this from Cook's magazine, which reviewed several products and rated this the top manual sharpener. (By the way, Cook's definitely did not recommend the dumb Rachael Ray-sponsored sharpener with the curvy blades and high price tag.) For about $10, this product honed my fancy German knives, and also the old knives I've had for 20 years (chicago cutlery/faberware kinds of knives) that have been dull for a decade. After 20-30 strokes with the tungsten sharpener, those knives were cutting paper like on a Ginsu infomercial (though I didn't try them on a beer can)! I can't say it loud enough--buy this, and you will not be sorry. In fact, buy it for yourself, and get one for anyone you know who appreciates a sharp edge when chopping vegetables.
By JW Coltrain
This is a tremendous invention! I was a pro chef for about 15 years.
The customary way to sharpen knifes was a steel and or flat stone.
I have bought and used various "sharpening systems" and had ex-
pensive electric diamond sharpeners. However, this device is the
fastest, cheapest, and best one I have ever used. It puts a very
sharp edge on all knives (almost razor sharp), and sharper than any
$300 electric sharpener out there. And for the average 8" chefs knife,
takes about 20 seconds! Get one of these and you will be amazed
how something so simple works so well.
By C. Gifford "CCChris"
We went on a fishing trip a few years ago and I saw the boat hands using this tool for their knives. I love this thing, anyone can have a sharp knife, take a even a cheap knife and make it sharper than it has ever been. I have purchase several now as gifts for friends and family and warn people that my knives are very sharp before they use them. If you have never used a truly sharp knife you owe it to yourself to buy this tool.