|Item Weight||8.2 ounces|
|Package Dimensions||9.4 x 2.8 x 2.4 inches|
|Item model number||ASYD101|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Minosharp 3 Sharpener Black/Red
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MinoSharp 550/BR Sharpens the face of the blade, fast, safe and simple. Features: -Comes in black and red. -Includes a Coarse Blue, Medium Brown and Fine Yellow Ceramic Wheel. -Recommended for Global Knives and most other knife brands.
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One obvious compromise in the design (to my engineer's eye) is that the wheels can't be re-oriented to the opposing angle. Consequently, the last 1/2 inch or so of each end of the blade is going to get sharpened on only one side (as opposed to all the blade surface in between, which comes into contact with both sides of each wheel). Over time (a long time?) this may result in the tip and the butt of the blade not quite being in line with the rest of the blade. While possibly of less concern for a chef's knife (or other long-bladed knife), it may affect the use of smaller knives, in time. If the manufacturer had designed the sharpener so that each wheel had two sets of mounting posts (instead of just the one set), with one set for each orientation, then the wheels could have been changed back and forth between the two orientations in between sharpening sessions, balancing out the sharpening on the tip and butt of the knife's blade.
That said, I'm quite impressed with the result when compared to all of the other sharpeners I've used in the past. No, I've never used stones and guides--I'm just not that ambitious. For a sharpener that I'll actually use, I'd have a hard time imagining getting better performance.
What puzzles me are the reports of scratches on the sides of blades. The reviewers didn't mention specifically what kind of knives had this problem, but to my engineer's eye, unless the blade is exceptionally thick, I can't see how any part of a blade would come into contact with the slots in the cover (or anything other than the ceramic wheels), when used as directed. There was plenty of clearance on each side of the blade when I sharpened my knives, even on my small meat cleaver. Is it possible that y'all weren't holding the blade vertically? Otherwise, I'd be hard-pressed to explain any contact between the blade and the sharpener other than right on the blade edge. I'd have the same question for those reviewers who reported that the MinoSharp actually made their knives duller--that just doesn't seem possible to me, given my experience, unless they were holding their knives at some angle other than vertical. Anyone have any insights into this conundrum that they'd care to share (with sufficient detail to be helpful)?
Having the coarse, medium, and fine stones is great.. My chef's knife had a small nick on the cutting edge, which was very noticeable. After using the coarse stone once, the nick is almost invisible, and my blade looks much nicer! After working my way down through the stones, my blade is nice and sharp again, and moving through tomato skin like it's butter. I wouldn't be without one of these sharpeners. It's well worth the money, in order to keep my expensive knives nice and sharp, and to keep all the cooks in my household happy.
The 3 stages of sharpening (course, medium, and fine) are outstanding for setting the edge and making blades SHARP. I used them at my office on a set of knives that was literally as sharp as butter knives. Since then, I've received numerous comments - thanking me for finally making the knives sharp.
My only complaint is that the design doesn't allow for sharpening the entire length of the blade so the heel and tip won't get as sharp, but I highly recommend this device to anyone who wants a sharp knife fast.