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Global MinoSharp Sharpening Guide Set

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Technical Details
Brand Grunwerg
Model NumberMS462
Item Weight91 g
Product Dimensions18.5 x 8.6 x 1.8 cm
MaterialPlastic
  
Additional Information
ASINB0006A03V0
Best Sellers Rank 254,855 in Kitchen & Home (See top 100)
Shipping Weight91 g
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Date First Available6 Dec. 2001
  
 

Product Description

These highly recommended Guide Rails are ideal for those using the Whet Stone for sharpening Global knives. By simply sliding the rail onto the back of the knife, the perfect angle for sharpening the knife is set. This will prevent any damage of blunting of the knife from occurring. · Ideal for those who demand professional results in conjunction with the Global WhetStone · Perfect for all types Global knives · Highly recommended WhetStone is available as an additional product



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This product will keep the sharpening angle more or less constant, but not necessarily correct. The small guide rail will hold the back of the blade 4mm off the whetstone, the big one will hold it 6mm off. The angle at which it sharpens will depend on the width of the blade, a wider blade will have a smaller angle, however the packaging recommends you use the small guide for knives under 6" blade length, the big one for ones over 6". Longer blades are generally wider, but this doesn't really make much sense to use blade length to determine which to use.

The standard angle for western kitchen knives to be sharpened to is 22.5 degrees ('). The packaging says the ideal for GLOBAL knives is 10-15 degrees, but I think that's 10-15' on each side to make 20-30' overall. With a bit of trigonometry, I calculate that the small guide will give a 22.5' angle when it is 20.5mm away from the sharp edge.

i.e. the small guide can be used on knives that are 20.5mm wide or slightly under, the big one is suitable for knives 30.8mm wide or slightly under. Anything wider than this, which most chef knives are, will be at an angle less than the standard 22.5degrees.
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By LMD TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jun. 2011
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An interesting concept, these guides are essentially "spacers" that you put on the top of the knife to hold the edge being sharpened at the "correct" angle to the whetstone. You then sharpen keeping the guide in contact with the stone to maintain the angle.

While they're easy enough to fit, they're less easy to use particularly on a long blade although this may depend on the width of your whetstone. I found that they wore down very quickly as they remain in contact with the whetstone during sharpening - unless my technique is wrong! They could really do with a decent bit of advice/instruction.

In use, while I ended up with sharp blades, the "edge" wasn't at the angle I'd expected and it didn't stay sharp for very long. Of course, this could be down to my technique, but if you're buying these thinking that they will give you effortless guidance on the sharpening of your expensive knives, I'd suggest you think again. I now stick to my tried and tested sharpening steel.
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I have used these guides on a few Global knives and find them to be incredibly useful. It is true that they scratch the knives, even with the plastic inserts, but a little insulation tape over the knife solves this problem. I have also used them for a few cheaper knives, and again the results are very good. I highly recommend them. Even just to be able to see what the proper angle looks like is very helpful
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I have no idea if these are the best guides you can get, but they are fantastic and pretty cheap. If you find better then cool, but get some. The difference they make to even decent knives is amazing. If you have good quality knives then its a real must.
I used these with a simple sharpening stone and suddenly my globals are the way I remember them.
I'd suggest grinding your knives to a good edge with these as a first step... takes a while if you had completely messed up the angle like I had. Then use them a few more times to get the correct angle into your head. Then you can freestyle, but use them again periodically to remind you what that angle should be and prevent the knives getting back into that horrible state.
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The guides are great if you're not very familiar with whetstones and the perfect tool for learning how to keep the right angle when sharpening.

The reason I gave it 2 stars is because it's poor slide on and off application ruins the top edge (the spin) of your knives.

If you must get one of these I recommend applying a bit of masking tape across the entire length of the spin before putting these things on. I'm just glad I read some of the reviews on here before using them on my precious Globals *Shudders*
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With that in mind I spent hours researching the best ways to do it. Other than sending to a specialist service, I came to the conclusion that using a stone is the way to go. I've read up on steels, but (and I may be talking out of my a**e here,)from what I can gather a steel only restores a edge that has been peened over, once that edge is lost it's gone for good. Think of it this way, the very edge on your knife is maybe a few hundred molecules thick, and after use it will fold over. By using a steel it forms that edge back to the correct axis. However, after time the edge wears away and due to the taper of the knife you're left with a thicker cross section which will need to be shapened somehow.

On the Global website the advice is to use a stone if at all possible, - and I've gone down that route and purchased a whetstone. I don't trust myself for manually sharpening (yet) so I've also bought these guides - which are also sanctioned on the Global website. The thinking behind this is that if there is a major problem at least there may be some comeback on the guarantee - if I use the £1.99 kitchen devil sharpener in my drawer I suspect that I may struggle (rightly so) to get any kind of sympathy from Global. Bear also in mind that most sharpeners on the market are designed for US/European knives that have a greater angle than the Japanese knives.

If you're considering using a stone and these guides before you do anything please visit the Global website and go to the sharpening page. There is a very good video on there with Mr Mino showing you how to use a whetstone manually, and then with the minosharp guides - specifically for these knives. I can't stress how useful this video is.

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