Sharpening your knives is an everyday task for everyone who cooks … but it’s often both a pain and a problem: are you doing it correctly? Is what you’re doing effective, or will it hurt your knives? You wind up avoiding the task because it’s one of those chores you don’t feel comfortable with, so you live with dull knives until you can take your knives to a professional, which is both expensive and inconvenient.
A friend and customer (thanks, Suzy; you got 100 Cooks’ Club Points!) told us about a great knife sharpener that she got. We love leads from our customers, so we sought it out, checked it out, and tested it out, and we were hooked…! This is a truly unique, highly effective and easy to use approach to an everyday problem: getting and keeping your steel knives sharp! You can choose between the Basic and the Professional models … both with Austrian Tungsten Carbide blades for the same highly effective sharpening experience!
The Professional Model is the “sexy big-un” of these two cousins: a 6¼’/15.87cm tall brushed stainless steel beauty on a sturdy 4¼”/10.8cm x 3½”/8.9cm base … this one can be left on the counter for convenience and maximum visual effect. All my Global Knives and Piper’s Shun Knives (and the rest!) go through these sharpeners. The Basic Model is much simpler: a small rectangle - 2¾”/7cm x 2½”/6.3cm x ¾”/1.9cm in the closed position - this is the solution for small apartments, boats, RVs and traveling toolkits … but they all perform an unbelievably exemplary job of sharpening your knives.
Follow the instructions carefully: on the Professional, knife-tip down for coarse sharpening; knife-tip up for fine sharpening. And hold the bars apart for an extra sharp edge. The Basic is simpler to use: simply change directions, drawing your blade horizontally through the bars. You can even sharpen your serrated knives and your very special Japanese-style single-bevel knives on both models. The Professional features printed instructions under the base, but you’ll have to consult the paper manual to use the Basic. In both cases, you’ll learn to hear the differences and do the job extremely well.
These are great tools: excellent, easy-to-use, highly effective sharpeners, with beautiful design details … these are Very Cool Tools!
- All Models: Precision Austrian tungsten carbide sharpeners
- Professional Model: 6¼’/15.87cm tall on a 4¼”/10.8cm x 3½”/8.9cm base
- Professional Model: Stainless Steel
- Spring-action bars adjust to different blade angles
- Easily hone serrated blades
- Sharpener Bar replacements available
- Basic Model: 2¾”/7cm x 2½”/6.3cm x ¾”/1.9cm
- Designed by Harald Stallenger - Austria
- Not for ceramic knives
- US Patent 6,905,403,B2
- EU Patent 100,52,439
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