Chef's Choice 463 Pronto Santoku/Asian Manual Knife Sharpener
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- Fastest manual sharpener on the market: first stage sharpens, second stage hones and polishes
- Diamond abrasives are used in both stages: diamond wheels hold their shape, can sharpen any alloy, and there is no need to use messy water or oil while sharpening
- Precise bevel angle control for an ultra sharp 15-degree asian style edge
- For straight and serrated santoku and other double-bevel asian style knives
- Can be used left or right handed, Soft touch handle provides easy and secure grip
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Chef's Choice 463 pronto manual asian/santoku sharpener is the fastest manual sharpener on the market. The 463 includes two stages, one for sharpening and a second for honing/polishing for a razor-sharp, arch- shaped edge that is strong and durable. 100-Percent diamond abrasives are used in both stages 1 and 2, and the diamond abrasive wheels will hold its shape indefinitely, (unlike ceramic wheels which lose shape over time). The criss-cross sharpening technology creates an extremely sharp edge with lots of bite the diamond abrasive wheels sharpen simultaneously into and out-of edge for a superior burr-free edge. Micron size diamond abrasives in stage 2 leave your knife with a super sharp polished edge. The precise bevel angle control sharpens to an ultra sharp asian-style 15-degree edge. The pronto is safe to use on straight edge and serrated santoku, and other double bevel asian style knives.
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So I tried a sharpening stone, the kershaw electric sharpener (mistake, I had to send the knife to the factory right after using that), the Wusthof santoku sharpener (not effective enough), a diamond coated steel, built a wood stand for my sharpening stone at the required 15 degree angle (that worked pretty well). And then I found this.
I have used it and it is wonderful! The blade is back to factory sharpness and it is very easy to use. Plus I can use it to hone the knife everyday before using it to maintain the edge. My search is over! Thank you Chef's choice. To my knowledge it is the only easy to use sharpener on the market that works for Asian knifes.
So I purchased this Chef's Choise Pronto Asian knife sharpener -- after owning this now for a couple of years, I have nothing but great things to say about this little guy.
Now I have some Shun knives, namely, a Shun classic 8" chef's knife, a Shun Elite 6.5" Santoku, a Shun Premier Chefs knife, and a few other smaller Shun knives as well.
I was VERY afraid of initially using this device, for the fear of ruining the edges on knives costing upwards of $100.00 per piece. Shun knives do provide you with lifetime free sharpening, but you have to send off your knives, and I just didn't want to send all my knives away every few months and be without knives for a while.
So after reading some good reviews here on Amazon, I decided to give this thing a go...
The first knife I tried it on was my little 3.5" shun paring knife. Figured if it did F my edge up, it would be only my smallest, cheapest knife.
Boy was I wrong -- it got the blade RAZOR, and I mean razor sharp.
You simply do a few pulls through the Opening 1, and then follow it up / hone it on the 2nd opening. If your knives aren't too dull, you can skip the 1st slot and run them righ through the 2nd slot.
That gave me the courage to try my hand at some of the biggger knives, and I achieved the same result, with just as much of a super sharp edge. I dare say this sharpener gets the knives sharper than they came from the factory.
I was also worried that this sharpener would alter the blade edge up due to the fact that asain knives have finer degree edges, so I wasn't sure if it would sharpen according to these specialized edges -- but again, no problems -- edges look clean and smooth -- and as far as I can tell, this thing doesn't take off too much steel either.
Some have commented that after pulling your knives through the slots, the sides of the blade get scratched up -- I never had this problem -- you just need to maitain the proper position of the blade/knife when running it.
So what cam I say, for $40.00 bucks, you just can't go wrong. Dull knives simply rub me the wrong way and ruin foods -- if you can't stand dull kitchen knives, but don't want to deal with the trouble of sharpening them yourself, or having them sent away, this is a great solution.