One of my favorite television shows to watch is “Cook’s Country”.
I grew up watching my mother cook in the kitchen (and she’s a top notch cook), but it’s fun to watch the show and find out how many things we do wrong in the kitchen !!
One regular section of the show is product testing. One week they tested electric knife sharpeners and this is the one that was the best:
Try as I might, I just could not justify spending $150.00 for an electric knife sharpener.
So having watched meat cutters sharpen their cutting tools with a hand held sharpener, I ended up buying this:
Not the knives, just the (sharpener).
It was only about $15.00 at Wal Mart and it does a fantastic job of putting sharp edges on my 20 year old dull knives.
After I saw that episode of Cooks Country about the home model of the electric knife sharpener, I saw an episode of Alton Brown suggesting that the home sharpeners will do more damage to the knife than good.
I still have the original Chicago knife set that I got as a wedding gift 20 years ago. They have been used and abused but the honer has made a difference. Some day, I would like to take the knives to a professional to have sharpened. The two knives in the picture above are knives that do not belong to that set, but that I have purchased. If I had to only use two knives for the rest of my life, those would be the two.