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June 25, 2011

AccuSharp Knife Sharpener: One of the best tools I've ever used

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One Amazon reviewer called it the "sharpening tool of the century."

I won't argue.

My knives have been getting progressively duller over the years but I'm not about to try to sharpen them myself with a stone nor am I taking them in anytime soon for professional sharpening.

I've been content to use them as they are.

Then I came upon the AccuSharp somewhere and read the Amazon Reviews (below)

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and decided to pony up $9.10 for one.

"Amazing" would be an understatement for the ease of use (once I figured out I was doing it backwards [Doh! Look at the picture, joe],

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in yet another demonstration of weltklasse TechnoDolt™ery) and the results obtained from a few swipes of the device along the blade.

I cannot recommend this tool highly enough.

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$8.50.

I'm anticipating an onslaught of flak from readers pointing out how I'm wrecking my knives (Henckels 5-Star) by using it but you know what?

There's an Arab proverb for that:

The dogs bark, but the caravan moves on.

FunFact: That saying is the source of the title of Truman Capote's 1973 essay collection, "The Dogs Bark."

Capote heard it from André Gide.

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Added to my http://www.thethingsiwant.com wishlist. Thanks Joe!

Posted by: Kitten | Jun 27, 2011 4:49:05 PM

This device is an automatic steel. Yes, it works. It is constructed of two tungsten carbide edges set to straighten an edge back to a 15 degree angle.

Most modern knives of any quality rarely require sharpening. The steel is hard, the architecture of the edged tool is well designed for the intended use and -absent abuse (a good knife is the least effective and most expensive pry-bar in your tool kit) - the edge requires very little maintenance.

Aside from the fact that I collect knives and have an extensive collection that I use daily in preparing food, I've been sharpening edges since I was knee-high to a toaster. I can put a razor edge on a ball-peen hammer in 20 seconds with but two Arkansas stones. The folks who don't want to learn edge geometry, etc. can't go very far wrong with this device. Nothing that you do will damage an edge to the point that a professional can't fix it in a few minutes (as opposed to grinder-type sharpeners that can heat the edge to the point of loss of temper).

Joe, plan a trip and send your knives to be sharpened while you are attending some CME course in Sumatra. Then do it again in ten years. That should hold you.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Jun 25, 2011 8:48:43 PM

Yup, I've had one for 20 years, since I picked it up at a restaurant supply store. Still works like a charm.

Posted by: Tamra | Jun 25, 2011 2:05:39 PM

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