After using two different brands of manual knife sharpeners (lansky and spyderco), I was beggining to feel like whetstones were the best option. Fortunately, Cook's Illustrated had a wonderful review of manual knife sharpeners, and surprisingly enough the #1 rated was less than $10 USD. Putting my trust in CI, I ordered four off eBay (1 for me, 3 for gifts). Here is what I found after using the AccuSharp for one day:
- Sharpener is VERY easy to use.
- Tungsten Carbide is extremely hard and sharp, and removes metal quickly.
- A surprisingly sharp edge can be produced with minimal effort.
- Pocket knife or kitchen knife, junk steel or super-hard japanese steel -- works great on anything.
To give an example, I have a block set of the cheapo chinese Henckels; the steak knives being the dullest of the lot. Let me tell you, these knives had trouble cutting butter, let alone steak! In any case, 20 quick passes with the AccuSharp and these steak knives were slicing paper like it was nothing. 60 seconds of work on my pocket knife and it was shaving hair.
Needless to say, I give this tool an A+.