17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Great Sharpener for expensive knives,
This review is from: Minosharp Plus 3 Ceramic Water Sharpener 550 - Black/Red (Tools & Hardware)
I have two sets of knives at home - Wustof and Tojiro. I do alot of cooking at home and to be honest, I prefer to chop with my knives rather than at times, using a mini food processor or the like. Having attended cooking school in my spare time, I was told that if you have a blunt knifes, the best way to sharpen your knife is to use a water whetstone but to get the proper edge on a blade, this will mean you'll need at least 3 whetstones with a coarse, medium and fine grit in order to bring the "edge" back on a blunt blade. Once sharp, the idea then is to maintain the edge buy using a sharpening steel to hone the blades each time after use. 3 whetstones? What a palaver and I dont have room in my kitchen to store 3 whetstones. Maybe if i'm in a professional kitchen, but i'm not, I'm just a home cook.
Then I read about the Minosharp 3. It has 3 water whetstone rollers - coarse, medium and fine and the wheels are replaceable too! The device is simple to use on both my Wusthof and Tojiro knifes and they are now extremely sharp. I did have reservations at first that it is only for Global knives but it works just as well on my knives which have both European and Japanese blades.
How does it work? You lift up the clear plastic lid, fill it with cold water, close the lid and run your knife through it 8 or 9 times starting with the coarse wheel, then the medium wheel and finishing with the fine wheel. The wheels are colour coded and angled too so that it will give about a 12-15 degree angle on the edge. Brilliant!
The only downside I cant say about this device is that it does leave a little scratch on the side of your knife. This is a minor issue as your knife will still be super sharp. Also, it doesnt sharpen right to the tip, about 0.25cm is missed due to a lack of contact with the other side of the roller. This again is a minor issue as the rest of the blade is super sharp and unless you want to buy and store 3 whetstones in your kitchen, this is an acceptable compromise.
One final note, beware of the Minosharp 2 roller device. It only has coarse and medium wheels so unless you have a fine grit whetstone at home, spend the extra cash and get the 3 wheel one.
Overall, I cant recommend this item high enough for the home chef, indeed, I'm suggesting it to all my friends and family. It keeps your knives really sharp and is effectively a water whetstone in a pull through format. I guarantee you wont regret it and a great Christmas present too since a sharp knife is much more safer than a blunt one, provided one uses correct chopping technique.