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Dec 8, 2006 08:38 PM

Best knife sharpener??

Any suggestions for a dependable knife sharpener? thanks hounds

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    LOL, I know you're looking for a tool.... But you can't beat Dave... I use water stones for my own knives, and when my good knives need a touch-up, I send them to Dave. There are some contraptions that do an excellent job holding your knife and helping you pass a stone over it, but I assume you're looking for the electric type???

    1. The December issue of Cook's Illustrated has a piece on knife sharpeners. The only sharpener that they "highly recommend" (electric or manual) is the Chef's Choice Model 130 (electric). It sounded so amazing that I went out last week and bought one; haven't tried it out yet, though.

      1. I have had the Chef's Choice since it came out. The large one with a grinding wheel (rarely used) and two honing wheels used most often

        1. There is a large selection of water stones, diamond stones and steels, jigs, ceramic antennae, leather strops,and even a gentle belt grinder at Lee Valley Tools.
          If you're not sure what is best for you, ask for a knife expert at the counter. There is sure to be someone there who knows what will work, so it is better to visit a store than to buy online. But online help is available from

          1. I have an AccuSharp manual one and it works great and is about $10 at Ace Hardware. It was also featured in Cooks Illustrated.