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Mcgowan Firestone Electric Sharpener, Black/Red
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- Easy to use
- Ceramic sharpening wheels
- Super fast, super easy one-step sharpening
- Made in the USA
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FireStone Electric Sharpeners are super-fast and have easy one-step sharpening! They Sharpen both sides of the blade simultaneously with multiple counter-rotating wheels.
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(As in some of my other reviews I will revise this one if my experience changes over time.)
Context: I'm a very advanced amateur woodworker who has wet-sharpened my woodworking tools for decades. Enough that I'm not interested in spending that much time to sharpen my kitchen knives if there is a less time-consuming alternative. I've used a Chef's Choice sharpener on my less expensive kitchen knives and never was impressed with their sharpness nor the longevity of the sharpening.
The Mcgowan Firestone is very different:
1. It puts a very good hollow-ground edge on knives. It does this with wheels that rotate UPWARDS in the slot you pull the knife through, rather than the more common downwards rotation.
2. In this unit the grinding wheels are at the VERY FRONT of the slot. This means you can sharpen almost any knife including small pocket knives, without the sharpener blocking the knife's handle where the base of the blade is blocked from reaching the sharpening wheels (hope that makes sense).
Commentary: Amazon sells both Mcgowan Firestone and Mcgowan Diamondstone sharpeners. The Diamondstone is (as of this date) only $5 more than the Firestone. Puzzled, I called Mcgowan Manufacturing to understand the difference between the two models. They said both use the same basic ceramic grinding wheels but many folks wanted diamond wheels in their knife sharpeners so the Diamondstone wheels have a small amount of diamond in them (obviously, $5 worth). The diamond wheel sharpeners sharpen a bit faster but have no more longevity than the basic ceramic wheels. Sooooo, you get to make up your own mind whether you want $5 of diamond particles in your knife sharpener.
As all other reviewers have said, these Mcgowan sharpeners are first-class.
3 to 4 passes is all that's needed unless your knife is real dull or a different beveled edge. Not recommended for serrated knives.
This has a powerful motor that doesn't bog down. I hope this helps. I will not purchase any other brand that has worked as long as my last one. Any questions please ask I will eventually get back to your questions.
None of them is satisfactory until I try this electric knife sharpener. It is easy to use and works extremely well. All my knives are very sharp now with two to three passes. Some reviewers said it took off too much metal from the knife. I got around this by pressing very lightly at first. If it sharpened I stop. If not I will increase the pressing while making the passes until it sharpens so n o escessive metal loss.
I highly recommend this sharpener since it is made in the U.S. and it costs half as much as the other brands. Other brands may be even better but since this one does such a good job, in my opinion, why spend more for something you don't really need.