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A few years back I bought a cheap set of Kitchen Devil knives on offer at ASDA. They were razor-sharp at first, but after a couple of months it was starting to get to the point where using a desert spoon to cut meat would have been more effective than using the knives, since they blunted pretty quickly. I guess they were cheap for a reason...
I didn't want to splash out on any more knives (and I certainly didn't want to use my spoons), so we thought we would try to pick up a knife sharpener instead. Despite being rather wary of the Kitchen Devil brand at this point, we picked up this sharpener, again from ASDA for about £8. The price varies a fair bit depending on where you get it, and as usual, online prices can be a fair bit cheaper.
This item is plastic, and doesn't exactly look or feel expensive. However the handle is sturdy, slightly textured, and easy to grip. I guess I would have to recommend making sure your hands were dry before handling it, in case your grip slips, but I really hope that is common sense!
The actual sharpening stones, of which there are two, are ceramic, and are set a a slight angle from the line of the handle, this ensures that both sides of the inserted blade gets evenly treated. These ceramic parts are guarded by a clear plastic shield, with a slot in the middle to put the knife in. This is pretty handy, as it keeps your knife in the correct position, and makes sure it doesn't slip left or right. I have never even come close to slicing of a finger whilst sharpening, so it must work fine (finger slicing whilst cutting is another issue altogether that I won't go into here). This guard can be removed to access the sharpening blades if required, but so far I have never had to do this, and don't intend to if I can help it.
The device is suitable for any straight edged knife. Don't try to use any serrated blades on it, as it will just ruin them. I have found that long knife blades are easier to sharpen than small paring knives, for example. The clear plastic guard I mentioned is fairly bulky, and if the knife handle is also thick, you may struggle to get the area of blade nearest the handle to run along the ceramic sharpeners.
The instructions recommend swiping the knife a half dozen times or so in each direction (back and fore) in order to be effective, but I always give it a good few extra swipes each way (for luck). I do find that the sharpening doesn't last that long, but I reckon that is more to do with the rather cheap nature of my knives, and possibly because we cut all out meat on a glass board. Maybe a softer material to rub against the blades would prolong them? Maybe I shouldn't buy such rubbish knives?
My, um, thriftiness, towards knives aside, so far this little device has kept four knives well in service about two years longer than they would have otherwise lasted, so for eight quid, I would say that's pretty good value. It is guaranteed for ten years, so hopefully I will get many more years use out of it, although I may have to buy some new knives by then, or I will be sharpening little stumps.
My husband insists on keeping the knives in our household razor sharp, which has resulted in me injuring my fingers time and time again whilst washing up. Whilst I initially was apprehensive with using such an item I have to admit that it has improved the effectiveness and lifetime of our knives and over the years I have become accustomed to using it. The item in question is a Rollsharp Sharpener manufactured by Kitchen Devils, which had been purchased approximately eleven years ago. Unfortunately, it failed only a few months ago as it was not effectively sharpening our blades, so we made an identical purchase and this review discusses our experience of owning and using it.
The black coloured sturdy plastic sharpener is considerably chunky in appearance and measures 15 cm in length, 5 cm in width at its widest part and 6 cm in height at its highest part. It is extremely lightweight and was attached to a piece of cardboard when we made our purchase. If I had not previously owned this product my initial thoughts would have been that it was of an inferior quality, but this is far from the case as it is well made as well as being extremely hard wearing. The upper section houses a piece of transparent plastic covering that consists of a narrow blade guide slot, which is extremely safe as the fingers cannot accidentally slip inside.
Any size knives can be sharpened from the tip to the handle with the exception of those that are scalloped or serrated. To do this the blade is simply placed into the guide slot and gently moved back and fore approximately ten times, which subsequently, activates the ceramic sharpening wheels located inside. My husband suffers with diabetic related neuropathy in his fingers and as a consequence, he experiences difficulties with holding small objects. However, holding the sharpener is extremely safe and comfortable as the handle consists of several grooves to enable an easy grip and he has never experienced any problems when using. Whilst both my husband and I are right handed the product is also suitable for those who are left handed.
The majority of our cooking is made with fresh ingredients so our knives are regularly being used and as a consequence, they become blunt extremely quickly. This is such a handy gadget, as it has enabled us to extend their lifetime whereas previously I would safely dispose of my knives and make new purchases. The product comes with a ten year guarantee and as previously mentioned our previous sharpener exceeded this time by a year, so it is extremely cost effective. It is recommended to occasionally give it a clean either by hand or in a dishwasher and the sharpening wheels located on the plastic unit are accessible by releasing the locking bar which can be found on the underside of the sharpener.
We are extremely pleased with our sharpener as it has saved us a considerable amount of money in the long run as there has been no need to replace blunt knives. You can find the Kitchen Devils Rollsharp Sharpener on Amazon, but the best price is in Asda where it will cost £5. If our replacement purchase lasts as long as its predecessor it should last us until 2022! This product comes with my full recommendation and as a result receives 5 stars.
I hope you found my review useful and thanks for reading.