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A little about me on this topic: I’m no professional at sharpening knives manually by any means. I perform poorly on whetstones and have no idea why I have ugly scratch marks and inconsistent angles despite trying my best and having hours upon hours of practice. That said, I do get there eventually, but not before spending hours on each knife, and ruining its original beauty. If you ever asked me to manually sharpen a knife for you, you will end up asking me to buy you a new one. By “getting there”, I mean I do end up with a very sharp knife th...at’s capable of shaving hair off my arms. Eventually, I stumbled onto the beauty of the Fixed Angle sharpener, a very simple contraption where you use a smaller whetstone secured to a rod, applied on top of a knife that you hold flat against a platform. This device was an absolute beauty it kept my angles consistent, saved plenty of time to achieve even better results, and even enabled me to achieve mirror polishes on the sharpened edges, something I can never achieve by manual grinding, despite my best attempts. I have been using my Chef’s Choice Angle Select 1520 on very seldom occasions. This is my first and only electric sharpener, having to resort to this type of product because I recently moved, and lacked kitchen space to accommodate a dedicated portion of the kitchen bench to set up my fixed angle sharpener. I bought this product after trawling through countless reviews on similar products by Chef’s Choice and other competing brands, with the 1520 to be one of the highest rated products with a reasonable price tag. OVERALL DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY Very standard design motor and switch on the left that doubles as where your spare hand should rest to steady the unit, and three pairs of grooves (you grind each bevel at a time, this is marketed towards the commercial users, so don’t be lazy) for you to feed a blade through on the right. It’s adequately heavy. This is not a product that you want lightweight. It’s mainly designed for right handers, but I don’t have any issues with the general usability as a left hander. Build quality feels absolutely solid, and from what I can tell with the competing products, this is not a compact appliance, and rightly so in this particular case. One thing I failed to notice before buying the unit is how the “angle select” component is achieved. There are three pairs of grooves, labelled 1, 2 and 3. My expectation was that there would be some mechanical lever that switches the angle of the platform that guides your knife along the grinding disk, and that the 1, 2 and 3 grooves denoted stages of abrasion. I was wrong. Turns out, slot 1 is for 15-degree course grind, 2 is for 20-degree course grind, and 3 is a “stropping” disk also at 20-degrees, but with a softer material. Not something I was happy about, but then again, my mistake for not reading things through properly. The grinding disks are diamond coated - one of my main requirements to ensure longevity - and also replaceable, another factor I considered essential when looking at the lifecycle of a product.
Purchased in September 2019 at Chalet Knives Onine for A$278.00.
These are the results (a score out of 5) for my knives in a domestic kitchen setting in Australia. 1. Swiss made Victorinox carving knife: Scored 5/5. 2. Set of six Japanese GLOBAL knives: Scored 5/5. 3. Swiss made Wenger pocket knife: 4/5. Sharp, but not quite as good as Victorinox/GLOBAL. 4. Cheap stainless steel knife 0/5. For some reason it just didn't get sharp after 50 or so pulls, and I suspect that's because the knife is of inferior quality. For those knocking this sharpener, I suspect you haven't read the instruction manual since there is a learning curve involved.
Best Sharpener in Town
I've had many sharpeners over the years, manual ones, electrical ones and so on. This Chef's Choice sharpener is by far the best one so far. It's easy and fun to use and makes you look like a professional knife sharpener. The first 2 slots are for the left and right edges and the 3rd slot is for finishing. I must say and I am not exaggerating, the knives do come out razor sharp. My wife now thinks I'm the sharpest knife in the drawer. All kidding aside, if you're looking for and affordable sharpener that gets the job done and is very easy to use, then this is the one.
Purchased in July 2019 for A$150.00.
I purchase 2 of these one as a gift and the other for my personal use. This is a waste of money. Although it says it is capable of sharpening Japanese knives I would not put any knife through this getting the knife in is a task and pulling it through it tends to do what I can only describe as skip so it does not sharpen the the whole of the blade I tried this on my German Wusthof knives first. I thought I would give it another try after watching a few YouTube videos and still the same result. I am now stuck with 2 of these doorstops because I can not in good conscious give the other one as a gift. I will never use this product again
Purchased in April 2019 for A$379.00.
This electric knife sharpener cost over $300 and was promoted as lasting for thousands of hours of domestic use. It was ok to start with but the efficiency of sharpening got less and less with time and after 6 years it is virtually useless. What is particularly annoying is that the abrasive disks cannot be owner replaced. It has only been used for one household and not any professional purpose. Do not recommend this product.
Purchased in March 2013.
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