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Old 01-12-2009, 12:49 PM   #1
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Knife Sharpener

I keep bouncing back and forth between a Chef's Choice 1520 (for European and Asian knives) and an Edgepro Apex.

I don't plan to make a hobby of knife sharpening, but I want some versatility, and I want a sharp edge.

Anything I should know to push me in one direction or another?

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Old 01-12-2009, 12:55 PM   #2
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The Edgepro Apex is amazing. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a sharp edge.

I am not a fan of the electric sharpeners. They scratch the blade and remove more metal than is needed.
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:57 PM   #3
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Of the two, edge pro is the clear choice. You should also investigate other manual sharpening systems which, like the Edge pro, allow you to sharpen at different angles.
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Old 01-12-2009, 12:57 PM   #4
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The Edgepro Apex is amazing. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a sharp edge.

I am not a fan of the electric sharpeners. They scratch the blade and remove more metal than is needed.
Didn't I read that you had trouble with yours at first? How did you overcome those issues?
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No I would not say I had trouble. There is a definite learning curve. You will not do it perfectly the fist time you use it, but it is easy to figure out and in no time you will be sharpening like a pro. It just takes a little practice, time, and patience.
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Old 01-12-2009, 01:20 PM   #6
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Sergeant Luddite, reportin' fer duty, Cap'n! I'm still using a ceramic stick sold briefly by Chicago Cutlery and a fine steel. Since my knives are not anything fancy, these seem adequate to my needs. I had a Case Sharp Stick ceramic, but gave it to a friend. I miss it a bit, as it was thin enough to do serrated bread knives. Oh, well...
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Old 01-12-2009, 02:01 PM   #7
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This is the one I have. It's not Rachel Ray but it is a Furi and looks just like this. I paid about 100.00 for it and it makes the most incredible edge on my knives. I have to have very sharp knives.

Professional Sharpening Tools - Furi, Rachael Ray Ozitech Diamond Fingers Pro Knife Sharpener, FUR836 - Wholesale - Bulk - Discount
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Old 01-12-2009, 03:52 PM   #8
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This is the one I have. It's not Rachel Ray but it is a Furi and looks just like this. I paid about 100.00 for it and it makes the most incredible edge on my knives. I have to have very sharp knives.

Professional Sharpening Tools - Furi, Rachael Ray Ozitech Diamond Fingers Pro Knife Sharpener, FUR836 - Wholesale - Bulk - Discount
I watched a video on that one, and it looks pretty sweet for $20. However, I happen to agree that the best edge is a double bevel edge, and that sharpener doesn't provide that. Over time, single bevel sharpening will reduce the performance of your knife. Here is a diagram that demonstrates why:




With the Edgepro, or even the Chefs Choice you can create double bevel edges that don't thicken over time.
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This is the one I have. It's not Rachel Ray but it is a Furi and looks just like this. I paid about 100.00 for it and it makes the most incredible edge on my knives. I have to have very sharp knives.

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Of the mechanical device sharpeners the Furi fingers are on of the best.

Whetstones will get your knives much sharper. I have used both.
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:35 PM   #10
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Actually I gave you all the wrong URL for this sharpener. It is not the 20.00 one shown but this one:
Furi Rachel Ray Tech Edge II Pro Sharpening System - Furi Knife Sharpeners

I got it at Sur LeTable.
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