Global MinoSharp Sharpening Guide Set
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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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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.
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.
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.
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*
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Helps keeping the correct angle but takes a bit of getting used to when you turn The knife overPublished 15 months ago by wayne lewis
Steel does not cope with consecutive sharpening of the bladesPublished 18 months ago by Joao Pedro Martins Geada
An OK idea but they scrape and wear down the stones. Much better stuff on the market. I never use these. I'd rather do freehand or use other guided systems.Published 18 months ago by Dom