What is it about men, I don't know what it is and a few of my friends have confirmed this about their husbands but when they moved in to their new houses all the men insisted on getting a set of knives. This was top of my husbands list too, a good set of kitchen knives and he spent ages looking for just the right ones, the right knife block etc. And so, we were the proud owners of a set of Global knives which of course after a while needed sharpening.
These were razor sharp when we first got them, scarily so and I have to admit that they work really well. So when it comes to sharpening of course you can't just get a normal manual sharpener, you have to get an all singing, all dancing fancy electric sharpener that will return these knives to their peak condition. That's why we purchased the knife wizard domestic electric knife sharpener which is recommended for people who just want to sharpen their knives at home and not really for use in a professional kitchen.
To be honest, most of the time I let my husband sharpen the knives and this kind of scares me but I have used it and have to say it is actually quite easy to use. Also, because you get such good results with it you do not need to do your knives that often, I would probably does these about once every 6 months.
The nice thing is it doesn't take long to sharpen a knife using this product, it is done in just a couple minutes so it is not a hardy kitchen task, just one that will improve the functionality of your knives that you do use every day. On the sharpener there are two cut out grooves into which you slip the knife that you want to sharpen. The grooves are at a 15 degrees angle which is apparently the perfect cutting edge. The two grooves are actually there for a reason. The left one sharpens the right hand side of the knife and the right groove sharpens the left hand side of the knife, it's as easy as that.
Although this is not a product we use all the time, it is a valuable addition to our kitchen arsenal and one I recommend.
I was always very dubious over electric knife sharpeners and used to sharpen my knives with the standard sharpening steel, but after reading some good reviews and seeing the recommendations I took the punt and purchased this Knife Wizard KE198. I wanted a quality machine which could sharpen all types of knives even serrated knives and my more expensive ones, to the 15 degree angle I wanted, and this machine ticked all the boxes.
At around £65 I expected good things from it - I wasn't disappointed. The machine itself is L 21.5cm x W 8.5cm x H 7.5cm and comes with a permanent connected plug, a simple on off rocker switch turns the device on, this activates two spring loaded grinding stones a course and fine grade - perfect for getting that sharp finish. The two grinding stones have slots to each side of them for sharpening each side of the knife - this is important as not all knives are sharpened to the same degree on each side and sometimes only one side, so this allows for that variation.
It feels heavy and not cheap which is reassuring, vents in the top allow for air circulation as the motor can become quite warm especially if you are sharpening several knives.
You simply slide the knife down the groove lifting slightly upwards as you near the tip of the knife to allow for the shape on curved knifes. A few passes through the machine and you will instantly see the difference. The machine is quite loud when you pass the knife through as the wheels quite literally grind the edge of the knife down. The fine grinding wheel gives a smoother finish to the edge. For professional grade knives only the fine grinding side should be used to prevent unnecessary wear on the blade. Once sharpened its just a matter of clearing up, a small slide out tray underneath the machine catches most of the metal filings - evidence it's actually doing something.
As will all good quality and newly sharpened knives you should never put them in the dishwasher or let them sit in the sink as the edge will soon become blunt - as does using them on marble and glass chopping boards - I never understand why these are popular as they damage the knife edge and dangerous to cut on given how easily food slips. Some would say I dont want a razor sharp knife as will cut myself more often - but its actually safer to have really sharp knives as you are less likely to slip on food - obviously its still down to how you handle and yes a super sharp knife is more likely to chop off some pinkies than a blunt one if your careless with your chopping, but the principle is a sharp knife handled correctly will be safer.
After using the machine you get a seriously sharp knife, that can with ease slice through a soft tomato into thin slices and cut through root vegetables. The machine is quick and easy to use, gives a professional sharp 15 degree edge to knives and compact in size enough to store away when not needed. I know you can buy those none electric ones a lot cheaper but they will never compete with this machine and never produce as good a result.
This machine works - it can with ease restore knifes, and really shows how difficult and generally impossible it is to put a 15 degree edge on a knife using a steel. It will take several attempts to restore a very old knife back to a razor sharp edge but once the ultimate sharpness is achieved it only takes 2-3 passes through the sharpener to keep them sharp.