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I'm a believer in this sharpener!
on August 18, 2017
I'm ancient, I'm a home cook, and I'm thrilled with this knife sharpener. The Chef's Choice 120 is my third generation of knife sharpeners. I bought it because of the Cook's Illustrated/ATK recommendation. My previous sharpener was the inexpensive Accusharp, also purchased because of a CI/ATK recommendation. DO follow the exhortation of so many previous reviewers: read the instructions! I've done so, and have very slowly progressed with sharpening of all those of my knives which need sharpening. The result is that they're not quite at the Bob Kramer stage (using one's chef's knife to separate a rope of hemp with one swipe), but they're much sharper than they ever were with the Accusharp, and perfectly sharp to equal safe kitchen use. The instructions that come with the Chef's Choice are both incredibly comprehensive and incredibly easy to follow, so DO read them carefully. Photo: first-generation hand-held stone, purchased circa 1970. Note the curvature. I spent an entire paycheck to buy my first Sabatier and, after a decade or two, it ended up similarly curved. However, I still keep the stone because it's invaluable for sharpening the outrageously dull knives in a church kitchen!