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Chef's Choice 120 Diamond Hone 3-Stage Professional Knife Sharpener


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  • Manufacturer #: 120009

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 4.3 x 4.3 inches ; 6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 7.1 pounds
  • ASIN: B0006GZKYO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #677,536 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

This professional electric knife sharpener is another sharpening breakthrough. It incorporates conical 100% diamond coated disks in Stages 1 and 2 and a revolutionary stropping/polishing disk in Stage 3. In just seconds, an edge of unprecedented sharpness and durability is obtained on fine edge (straight edge) and serrated knives. The flawless, highly polished fine edge can be customized to suit the cutting task. High precision elastomeric angle guides eliminate all guesswork. Three-year limited warranty. Made in the U.S.A.

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It performs exactly as described.
Franklin Banks
This product, when used in that manner, will produce very very sharp knives.
Artemaria
I have tried many different devices, this is the best ever.
N. Thompson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

30 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Wankel on November 27, 2008
... I don't find the sharpener to do that great a job. I have used Lansky sharpeners for years and recently acquired a Chef's Choice 120. Here are my impressions:

PROS:

- Does an OK job for the person with no sharpening skills whatsoever.

CONS:

- You have to get the timing just right when drawing knives through the unit, otherwise the grind is uneven.

- If you accidentally allow the point of the knife to dip down upon withdrawing, it will excessively grind the tip.

- The rubber feet do not do an adequate job of stabilizing the unit. It will creep when it is in use. I had to place mine on a piece of latex drawer liner.

- Finally, and this is what I dislike most of all - it leaves longitudinal scratches along the length of the knife. The scratches are not deep but they ARE noticeable.

My advice - Get a sharpening stone and learn to use it or if you don't feel comfortable with establishing sharpening angles, get a Lansky or Gatco sharpener. Stay away from this unit.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John on September 12, 2009
Over the years I've used Chef's Choice sharpeners with excellent results. Currently I use the 120 model and it produces superb edges on top of the line Henckels knives. It takes about 15 minutes for six knives. When I used stones each knife would take 10 minutes or more. The stones may have produced a slightly better edge but, as a working dad, saving an hour of time is a blessing. Three observations: The usual professional criticism of this system is that it takes off too much steel. I've never found that to be the case. Second, do follow the instructions. Third, different tasks require degrees of sharpness: For some tasks, such as cleaning and cutting a number of fish, a razor sharp edge, without "toothiness," doesn't work for me as well as a slight toothy edge (one with micro-serrations). So experiment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mainemoose77 on May 6, 2009
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I have always sharpened my many good knives by hand with only the best stones. I am considered to be excellent at sharpening knives by hand. I would never have considered an electric sharpener, or worse, a scraper on a fine knife, but many knives, six children, canning, cooking and commitments have resulted in my not having time to keep the knives as sharp as I would have liked. The reviews on this sharpener persuaded me to spend the money to try this machine. I sharpened every knife in the house in short order. Even the old steel butcher knives stored in the basement which would have taken over half an hour each if sharpened by hand were perfectly sharpened in just a few seconds. The edge when viewed with a good magnifying glass is scratchy, but the cutting edge is smooth which being the only important part, was smooth. This machine is more consistent than sharpening with a stone by hand and produces as good an edge in a fraction of the time. I give the "Chef's Choice 120" knife sharpener my highest rating and recommend it to anyone wishing to maintain a fine edge on their professional knives. The book must be read before using! You must be able to follow directions when using a machine of this type!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Practical Desk on March 17, 2010
I have a new model 120 and have had excellent results for kitchen cutlery. The device takes about a few practice knives to get used to, but once you become accustomed to how much pressure to exert on knives when sharpening, how far toward the hilt or back of blade to insert the knife, and the action of each stage, you will be able to produce razor-sharp kitchen blades, this includes serrated knives and Santoku blades.

I purchase a series of new Cuisinart kitchen knives that were dull; in fact, the blade steel had a burr on it, a sign of an unfinished sharpening process. The knives are made well and use good quality steel, but the company's sharpening process was sorely lacking. No problem, thanks to the model 120. I sharpened several paring knives, two Santoku blades, Chef's, long meat slicing, serrated bread, and a serrated fruit/veggie knives with exceptional results. The blades were able to slice through paper after the process, much like a quality sports knife. No need to spend more for an exceptional sharpener.

I even restored the edges on three knives that a previous sharpener, the CC Trizor XV, had 'butchered.' The Trizor XV puts a 15-degree edge on knife blades. I found the device took too much material of the blade and produced unacceptable edges, not all of which were evenly ground and sharp. The 120 is doing a far better job of sharpening. The CC120 did an excellent job of restoring those blades, making them, too, razor sharp and once again useful. This is a product that is worth the money. At about $5.00 to $7.00 to have each knife professionally sharpened, two more sharpening sessions and the CC120 will have paid for itself. For kitchen knives, this is a great product. And to hone the blades between sharpening sessions, stage three can be used to hone knives. Take the time to read the instructions and you'll save time on new-product R&D and better understand the rationale for each of the three stages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Artemaria on June 12, 2008
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I've read the reviews both good and bad on this sharpener and for the life of me could not reconcile the two. So, based on the majority of the reviews being good, I bought it here from Amazon.

The end result, the sharpener is quite good, but the manual is somewhat misleading and if you follow the instructions in the manual exactly, it will not produce the results that you want. I read and re-read the manual before sharpening, did a practice test run before putting the knives through, so imagine my surprise when my Henckels Four Stars were not sharpening. However, when I passed a crummy little dinged up OXO knife through, it was sharpened as if it were brand new. So apparently, the sharpener was doing something, but I couldn't figure out how to get the OXO results on the Henckels knives.

Then I referred back to that wonderful Cook's Illustrated review which gave this sharpener a Highly Recommended rating. For those of you who don't know, Cooks Illustrated does not accept advertising and generally has pretty objective reviews of the products it tests. Cooks Illustrated said they passed their knives through 15 times before they became sharp. So that's what I did. 15 times, each knife. And then I sharpened them on a separate sharpening steel, per the instructions of Alton Brown (of Food Network fame).

The result, exceptionally sharp knives. Exceptionally. This product, when used in that manner, will produce very very sharp knives. Also, with what a professional knife sharpener charges, if you have several knives, like we do, after a few uses, this sharpener will pay for itself.

Why four stars then? The confusion caused by the unclear manual was somewhat frustrating. For this kind of money, this model should have a sharpening steel on it in addition to the motorized stage 2 sharpening wheel. Not perfect, but works very well.
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