Smith's 2-Step Knife Sharpener
Great idea, but needs work
I was first given this sharpener by a client, that I was guiding, who swore by it. I will admit, it is the most effective and easy-to-use sharpener I have ever had for daily maintenance of my fillet knife. (The secret is really having the ceramic to do the fine-tuning.) Unfortunately, it does not stand up to excessive use (I'm talking like when you have to fillet dozens of fish a day and continuously sharpen your knife.) The yellow plastic always breaks eventually, and duct tape can only hold it together for so long. However, they are so useful and cheap that I just keep buying replacements. If they could make them more durable, they would be absolutely perfect! I would recommend them 100% if you are only expecting light use.
February 24, 2010
Not that great
This sharpener isn't for getting a knife razor sharp. All that it is really good for is setting the edge on your knife if it is really dull. If you want to sharpen a knife,you really have to use a diamond hone. That's why they have been around for years. This knife will set the edge,but you need to finish the knife off on a stone. Think of this product as step 1 of a 2 step project. I will also say that this "sharpener" works better on filet knives. It does more for them than it does for a pocket or fixed blade knife.
December 9, 2010
product better than others i've used
i used this sharpener on a dull knife and now it 's sharper after using smiths product, thanks for making these types of sharpeners better, great product, and i would tell every one that needs this type of product to sharpen their knives..easy to hold on too, and the both types of stones or rods really make the difference.
March 30, 2010
While not perfect, this is an excellent product. It is small, handy, easy to use, performs well, and is inexpensive. And -so far -ours has lasted 2 years, with every expectation of another 3-plus years if not more.
The carbide side puts a very sharp edge on our kitchen knives, and the ceramic side incrementally hones them even sharper. The rubber-like pads at the ends of the holder anchor the sharpener firmly to the surface, and allow the knife to be drawn strongly through the blade-holding notch, which allows the sharp edging.
The only drawback is for knives with finger- or handguards (quillions) that don't allow the last ~1/2" or so of the heel to be sharpened with this model.
While you can get a sharper blade via conventional stones and stropping, no other method produces as sharp a blade in as little time with similar minimal effort in such an inexpensive, handy package.
I'm so pleased I'll be buying another one for our home, and a third to give to my sister.
November 1, 2012