Product Type: Knife Wizard Kitchenware
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Knife Wizard Electric Knife Sharpener
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Knife Wizard Electric Knife Sharpener
Date: 09/09/11, updated on 09/09/11 (55 review reads)
Advantages: Quick simple knife sharpener gives a 15 degree cutting angle
Disadvantages: Little loud but its not for long and you are grinding metal so never going to be quiet
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.
Summary: Get that super sharp edge back to all your knives
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