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If you can afford it - BUY IT !
on 8 January 2015
I highly recommend this knife sharpener. If you can afford it - buy it! I have, over many years, acquired a collection of sharpening stones, electric grinder, steels and other devices, none of which have really worked effectively and consistently. The Chef's Choice 1520 is the first product to return an edge to my various dull kitchen knives and works simply and quickly. The first thing I like about it, is that is has a separate section for Asian and European knives. Each are sharpened to a slightly different angle. The knife is re-sharpened by slowly drawing the blade through the machine and repeating the pull on the other side. Although my knives initially required more pulls than the Information Leaflet would have me believe, they did sharpen up nicely. In fact, one (a delicate Japanese cook's knife), had a damaged tip, where it was slightly bent. Within a minute the small twist of metal has been filed away to a nice neat edge. The machine is easy to set up and use. I also think sharpening improves as you develop your own technique. Mine is to place three fingers on the blade and, applying gentle pressure, pull the knife through taking about 4-5 seconds. Its a pricey investment but one I advocate if you have the money. The only reason I don't give it 5 stars is that the knife guides are plastic and I fear may become damaged with use over a year or two. In summary, its taken me 20 years but I have eventually found a sharpener that works.