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Old 07-27-2005, 07:13 AM   #1
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Opinions on Electric knife sharpeners

I have had a wonderful set of Henkels carbon steel knives for years and years. I really like using them, but they dull very quickly and I'm always having to bug my husband to sharpen them. As you all know it's quite difficult to use a dull knife. Anyhow, I've been thinking that perhaps an electric knife sharpener, to keep on the counter next to the knives, might be a handy tool, but am wondering if they are worth the price and do a good job. Has anyone here had experience with these sharpeners and, if so, any pro/con recommendations? Thanks everyone.

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Old 07-27-2005, 09:14 AM   #2
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My recommendation is STAY AWAY from the electric sharpeners. They will destroy your blades. Get something like THIS instead. It takes all the guesswork out of sharpening and is very easy to use.
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Old 07-27-2005, 11:00 AM   #3
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I don’t know GB, looks kind of scary. Though I definitely agree on electric sharpener, it is a big NO-NO in my book, but maybe a simple sharpener like this one will work to begin with.

http://www.excaliburcutlery.com/shar...l#Anchor-21683

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Old 07-27-2005, 11:08 AM   #4
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Like GB and Charlie have said.... electric knife sharpeners can ruin your knives if they aren't used with complete precision.

It is far easier (and safer for your knives) to use a sharpening stone on them.

Me? I am lazy and take them to the cutlery store maybe twice a year to be professionally sharpened. Sur la table will sharpen them, too.
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Old 07-27-2005, 02:50 PM   #5
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Here's the brand that I use. I've used this same sharpener for years and it keeps my blades extremely sharp.


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Old 07-28-2005, 09:19 AM   #6
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Here's the brand that I use. I've used this same sharpener for years and it keeps my blades extremely sharp.
Though i think this is great, it might be too much foe novice. To use the stone you really have to know what you are doing.
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Old 07-28-2005, 09:35 PM   #7
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OK, call me a heritic, but I use a Chefs Choice sharpener. It works very well and the few times a year it needs to be used, it does not wear the blades when used properly. It also bring the blade to razor like sharpness. Now, that being said, I maintain the edge with a diamond steel, use a whet stone to do the routine sharpening and I treat the baldes as what they are, fine instruments.
http://www.chefscatalog.com/(4vvsbnv...els&item=14345
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Old 08-01-2005, 11:44 AM   #8
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I just bought some KAI Shun knives (which, by the way, are *amazing*), but because the steel is so hard all the "easy" sharpeners don't work with them.

According to my local Shun importer Kershaw/KAI's electric sharpener (in his personal experience) works great, even with knives as hard as the Shun's. I haven't tried it myself though. I highly doubt Kershaw/KAI (who take great pride in their blades) would sell this if they thought it damaged the knives rather than sharpened them :)

Can't find a link at Kershaw, so here's a few retailers:
http://www.knifecenter.com/kc_new/st...tml?s=ksap0119
http://www.chefsresource.com/kershaw...sharpener.html

If you decide to get one I wouldn't mind hearing a second opinion from a non-sales person ;)
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Old 10-06-2005, 07:38 AM   #9
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This note is specifically addressed to member tknaps who recommended perhaps the Kershaw electric knife sharpener and provided two web sites where one could be obtained. I want to let tknaps know that I just got one from the knife center site you recommended. It works great. It's also nice in that it is very compact and takes little room on the counter, so I can leave it out right next to my knife blocks. So, thank you.
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:57 AM   #10
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Thanks a lot for the feedback cats! I'm glad to hear it's a good product. I have yet to buy one myself... I've been practicing my knife honig skills in the meantime, and getting pretty decent at it, but hey - I'm as lazy as the next guy :)

It looks like KAI Europe has launched a slightly different version of this sharpener for us europeans now (looks a bit better than the white one IMHO). There's a picture of it at the bottom of this page:

http://tinyurl.com/a5emr
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