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Mcgowan Firestone 2-Stage Knife Sharpener

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  • Easy to use
  • Ceramic sharpening wheels
  • Fits in kitchen drawer
  • Made in the USA
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Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 7 x 1.2 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0000DZ10O
  • Item model number: 1302
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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Product Description

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FireStone Knife Sharpeners are made with fired ceramic stones that sharpen and hone knives to a hollow ground edge. With FireStone, knves have never been so sharp and sharpening has never been so easy. 2-Stage sharpener-- tan stones sharpen to a hollow ground edge, and the white stones give a final polish to the blade.


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Customer Reviews

Very easy to use.
R. Snider
My brother suggested this sharpener to me for my fishing boat and I think I will be ordering another one to keep at home.
Dennis
Just make 2 swipes with the stones and one swipe on the white wheels and you are good to go.
Nimrod

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By 1776 on July 9, 2013
Color Name: Black
I've had a Firestone sharpener like the one I just bought for 12+ years.
Although it comes with a life time warranty, it was getting worn out.
Over time, the stones get slices in them from use, so it was time to replace.
The old unit had double course (sharpening) AND double smooth (honing) disks.
The new unit only has a single pair of honing (white) disks!
This means the service life is reduced.
The new unit also has slightly different diameter disks, now all my knives chatter and shake when I use the new unit.
My guess is this will dissipate once they are sharpened enough to conform to the new stones (diameter).

As to the product design: it provides a hollow ground edge to the blade, not the traditional flat grind provided by normal V-shaped sharpeners or flat stone sharpening or grinding. Checkout [...] for more on edges and grinds.
The result is that this product can produce a sharp blade in a quick and almost fool-proof manner.
The down side of a hollow ground edge is that it rolls over more easily when it contacts bone, forks, etc, but can be resharpened very quickly, usually less than 10 swipes.
I use this sharpener daily on all my sub $50.00 kitchen knives and like the results.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Snider on January 8, 2011
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
Very easy to use. Sharpen knifes very quickly by easily pulling the knife through the wheels. I have owned one for 10 years and recently bought both my children, who are married, there own. Now I don't have to take my sharpener to their house every time we visit to sharpen their kitchen knifes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane E. Staley on April 10, 2009
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I had an electric sharpener,that could not sharpen my paring knife. I ordered this sharpener and I can use it and it DOES sharpen the smaller knives.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Silver City Slim on March 4, 2013
Color Name: Black
Bought one of these several years ago and still use it. I keep the edges on most of my knives touched up with it, and use it on all of our Pampered Chef kitchen knives, which tend to dull easily. A pass or two through the white (ceramic) wheels keeps them very keen.

This is NOT the device to use to create or grind a new angle on your knife; it won't do that. If your knife has an edge (or had one), this tool will probably sharpen it - not shaving sharp, but very usefully sharp for kitchen duties and cutting chores.

If I lost mine or it broke, I'd buy another one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By flash gordon md on January 6, 2011
Color Name: Black
sharpening knives is something i've enjoyed for decades. i've had every kind of sharpener i could find, including lansky, diamond steels, stones, and many, many others. i'm the kind of person who *always* uses a sharpening steel on my kitchen knives before every use.

in the past, friends would sometimes ask me to bring my sharpeners to touch up their knives. i've given them a firestone 2-stage - now, their knives are always in great shape (and i don't have to do it!).

here's what i do to test if a knife is sharp: i hold my thumb at a 45 degree angle with the fingertip pointing down. i then rest the edge of the blade against the nail with the flat of the knife vertical. if a knife is reasonably sharp, the weight of the blade by itself will cause the edge to dig slightly in to the nail, and it *won't* slide. however, a duller knife will slip right off. with a firestone 2-stage, i can get a really dull knife sharp in under a minute, no problem.

highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robs review on January 21, 2013
Color Name: Black
As a casual hunter and daily cook I have tried many sharpeners. Stone and oil, diamond, ceramic, stick, electric, etc. This unit is fast, easy to use and gives a great edge even by first timers. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nimrod on August 10, 2012
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
I've owned one of these sharpeners for over 6 years. Incredibly easy to use. Just make 2 swipes with the stones and one swipe on the white wheels and you are good to go. I've always noticed that my neighbor's knives were quite dull, so I lent her my Mcgowan. She loved it, so I ordered one for her and her family to use. Plus it's American made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kuranda on January 7, 2012
Color Name: Black Verified Purchase
My son got a set of knives and asked what I do to keep blades sharp. I bought this as a gift for him.

I have had one for about 3 years and think it is GREAT! Just a few strokes to keep the blade sharp. I only need to use this after about every third use or so of good quality steel knives.

You will not regret this purchase. 15 years a Scoutmaster. I always like my blades sharp.

CON: My son reported his vibrates when he uses it. He has the tan/white stone combo. Mine is older is the grey/white stones. My grey/white stone unit is flawless. I have also read the same vibration complaint about the diamond version of this sharpener.

(I would never buy the diamond ones as this version works great. Diamonds in the stones might remove steel from my knives faster, which I would not like. I don't need anything faster than this one. It meets my needs.)
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