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The $35 price is with a $15 coupon that is probably targeted. Without the coupon the price is $50. While this is the lowest it has been on Amazon this has been at this price before.
  • Razor sharp edges with advanced 3 stage hybrid technology, combining electric and manual sharpening
  • For sharpening straight and serrated knives; kitchen and household knives, sporting knives and pocket knives
  • Stage 1 and 2 electric sharpening and manual honing in stage 3, for a razor sharp, arched shaped edge that is stronger and more durable
  • Ultra-thin diamond abrasives in stage 3 ensure a super sharp polished edge
  • Assembled in the USA; 1 year household warranty
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Lots of these "experts" will tell you that electric sharper is bad, blah blah blah whetstone blah blah blah...

I run a 4 star restaurant in SF, and we all use electric sharpers. They are just fast and efficient enough for 99.5% of the cooks out there.

I only know of a few freaks (sushi chef, and seafood) that will sharpen their knives with a stone, others have better things to do than running a knife over a stone for an hour.

If you're not a professional sushi chef or a butcher, this will work just fine for you. If you're not a professional sushi chef, you shouldn't be buying $300+ knives anyway.
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I'm not an expert, but I do believe that generally speaking, Japanese steel knives are 15 degree whereas European/American style knives are 20 degrees. I read somewhere that it's because Japanese knives are made of stronger steel and can hold the edge better, so if you have 15 degrees, the knife is sharper (but don't quote me on that)

I don't own this particular Chef's Choice sharpener, I own the Chef's Choice AngleSelect one for that reason: I have both Japanese and European knives. However, I paid almost 4x the price for it. However, I am starting to think that the "angleselect" version is kind of a scam....I could have bought the "Trizor" edge one (I think a "trizor" edge is a combination of a 15 and 20 degree angle that gives you the sharpness of 15 but with some of the durability of 20).

Put it this way...if I owned only European/American knives, I'd buy this one for 35 bucks in a heartbeat. I might even buy one anyway to use JUST for my Euro/American knives.

And yes, there are some out there that believe that a good stone and lots of elbow grease is the only "proper" way to sharpen a knife. I don't have time for all that. I'm willing to accept the fact that these electric sharpeners take off a little more metal than a stone when making the edge in exchange for convenience and time.
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There is a TON of misinformation on this thread.

As the chef said, electric sharpeners are the better choice for most users. I'd go further and say they are better for all users. Here's why:

Myth: Metal loss. Advocates of hand sharpening say you lose more metal with an electric sharpener. This isn't the case. If you know how to use the sharpener, you know when you need to use the coarse wheel and when you can skip it. If you only use the fine sharpener, you don't remove much steel at all. With either stone OR electric, a novice user can remove too much steel. With practice BOTH can be used to sharpen equally efficiently.

Myth: stones produce sharper edges. One of the big knife gurus did an electron microscope test AND an actual cutting test pitting a professionally stone sharpened knife against an electric sharpener. The electric sharpener produced a sharper edge. This is well accepted in the sharpening community. I am trying to find the link now.

Myth: serious knife owners don't use electric sharpeners. Shun recommends an electric sharpener. Cooks Illustrated recommends a electric sharpener. The chef above recommends one. The convenience and results are better.

Myth: you can't use an electric sharpener on a Japanese knife. Japanese knives use a harder steel that can hold an edge better than Western knives. The benefit is that they can keep a 15 degree bevel sharper longer. The trade off is the hard metal is much more brittle. If you look at your buddy's Shun knives, count the number of chips in the blades. If you sharpen a Japanese knife to 20 degrees, it is the best! It stays sharp even longer and resists chipping. If you want, you can sharpen it back to 15 degrees later. There are many electric sharpeners that use a 15 degree angle too. Some allow you to do both 15 or 20.

I hope that is helpful to clear up the misinformation. Stone sharpening is fun, but it simply is not better as many claim.
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For 20 degree knives. Any experts in the crowd? It seems like most knives are going to 15 as standard?
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Dont use anything like this on a higher end knife. They remove way too much metal and you still end up with a mediocre edge.
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For 20 degree knives. Any experts in the crowd? It seems like most knives are going to 15 as standard?
I'm not an expert, but I do believe that generally speaking, Japanese steel knives are 15 degree whereas European/American style knives are 20 degrees. I read somewhere that it's because Japanese knives are made of stronger steel and can hold the edge better, so if you have 15 degrees, the knife is sharper (but don't quote me on that)

I don't own this particular Chef's Choice sharpener, I own the Chef's Choice AngleSelect one for that reason: I have both Japanese and European knives. However, I paid almost 4x the price for it. However, I am starting to think that the "angleselect" version is kind of a scam....I could have bought the "Trizor" edge one (I think a "trizor" edge is a combination of a 15 and 20 degree angle that gives you the sharpness of 15 but with some of the durability of 20).

Put it this way...if I owned only European/American knives, I'd buy this one for 35 bucks in a heartbeat. I might even buy one anyway to use JUST for my Euro/American knives.

And yes, there are some out there that believe that a good stone and lots of elbow grease is the only "proper" way to sharpen a knife. I don't have time for all that. I'm willing to accept the fact that these electric sharpeners take off a little more metal than a stone when making the edge in exchange for convenience and time.
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I have the smaller version of this with 2 automatic, spinning slots instead of 4. (The last slot on the right is a manual honing slot). It works ok, but it's not quite as easy as I'd hoped. The slots are wide enough that the knife can wiggle and change the change of the cut. Also, the blade sometimes bucks a bit. The knives come out sharp enough but there is a bit of dust - it's black, so I'm not sure if this is from the cutting wheel or the blade. I do find it handy to have the honing wheel. The experts say to hone after every couple of uses, so it's really simple to just give the knife a couple of passes. I find this easier than using a proper honing shaft. I doubt this sharpener will match the quality from using a manual sharpening stone, but it's real value is in the convenience.
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If you have any decent knives I would go with the trizor xv model 15. I used it on a few of my german knives as well as some cheaper american knives and it makes them razor sharp. Only knife I dont put through it is my Shun. I will probably just send that in to get sharpened when needed.
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Best way to sharpen a knife is with a whetstone. Gadgets like this will ruin/wear out your knife prematurely. Also, many times your knife probably doesn't even need sharpening. You have to use a honing steel to "straigthen" out the knife's edge to make it sharp again. Use a wooden cutting board to prolong the sharpness. I don't have nice fancy knives. I only have to actually sharpen with a whetstone once or twice max per year. The rest of the time, i'm just honing it before use. There a lot of tutorials on youtube on how to use the whetstone and how to hone your knife. I'm not trying to crap on this deal. I just wanted to share my experience and I'm just trying to help my fellow slickdealers.
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This is very good sharpener. But if you make mistake, you can potentially damage your knife very badly. It's best for the cheaper knife.
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i have a shun santoku knife, will this be good for it? what about cheaper Henkels knife?
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i have a shun santoku knife, will this be good for it? what about cheaper Henkels knife?

I mean if you don't care about you knives much and have no problem abusing them, sure...

if you want them to last years and look like new, don't touch this sharpener with a 10 foot pole
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i have a shun santoku knife, will this be good for it? what about cheaper Henkels knife?
I wouldn't put any Japanese knives thru this. I've been meaning to sharpen mine on a wet stone, but it's tedious
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I wouldn't put any Japanese knives thru this. I've been meaning to sharpen mine on a wet stone, but it's tedious
They make a sharpener that does 15 degrees....
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