Chef's Choice 120 Diamond Hone 3-Stage Professional Knife Sharpener
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- Does an OK job for the person with no sharpening skills whatsoever.
- 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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Based on positive reviews, I got this to sharpen my kitchen knives. And it worked.
So one day I brought in my round knife (for leather working) and sharpened that. Read more
Have only used once but follow instructions with a light touch & you get nice sharp knives. Don't overdo it.Published on November 27, 2009 by Shorty
I have tried many different devices, this is the best ever. Yes it is expensive but if you want an easy way to make your knives razor sharp this is the device. Read morePublished on May 10, 2009 by N. Thompson
I have had this sharpener for over 6 years and would buy another if I think this one is wearing out. Read morePublished on February 7, 2009 by Sambeaux
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