AnySharp Knife Sharpener Pro Review
If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you’ll have learned that I do a bit of cooking. I’m certainly no Michelin starred chef, but if I’m going to put myself out as a beacon of health and wellbeing, it’s important that I at least cook some decent, healthy food.
If you want to make your cooking experience in any way enjoyable, you need sharp knives. Seriously, if you’ve ever tried to chop anything with a dull or blunt knife, you’ll know what I’m talking about. It’s horrendous.
At home I probably rely on about 4 knives for 70% of my cooking. For the rest of it, there’s another 3 I use. They’re pretty good – one or two in particular are sharp, but the others needed a bit of work. They are sharp enough to be passable and usable, but a professional chef wouldn’t be too impressed.
I have a sharpening stone, but in all honesty I think my technique when using it isn’t very good, so all I’m really doing is stopping the knives getting too blunt, rather than actually making them sharper.
It arrived in a small package. Good start – apparently the best things come like that.
When I opened it I was impressed in how compact it is. The build quality is clearly very high, the construction is solid and it’s a reassuringly heavy bit of kit. Although it lies easily in the palm of your hand, it’s a pretty good weight.
At the bottom on the AnySharp Knife Sharpener Pro is a suction pad, designed to keep it in place. As long as both the pad and the surface with which you are using the sharpener are dry, the thing works like a charm – I sharpened all of the knives I use (including a serrated knife) and it didn’t budge.
When it came to the sharpening, it didn’t disappoint.
As I mentioned earlier, I use a maximum of 7 knives in total. If I sharpen them on the sharpening stone, I can be there for an hour and still not achieve a result I’m truly happy with. It’ll do for my needs, but only just.
With the AnySharp, I was done in 10 minutes, maximum. That time includes wiping off the shavings from the blade to keep the sharpening groove clear.
After sharpening the knives, I tested them on various foodstuffs (my eldest son is having a risotto tonight, so there was plenty of variety to test them on!) The sharpener worked brilliantly well – breezed through everything, making them an actual pleasure to use.
My favourite knife is my global one. It’s fantastic even when sharp-ish – a few passes through the AnySharp Knife Sharpener and it’s an utter delight to use! Seriously – I’m chopping extra stuff just because I can!
Using the AnySharp Knife Sharpener Pro…
Make sure the suction pad and the work surface are both bone dry (if either is even damp, it doesn’t work at all) and put the sharpener into position. Pull the suction arm down and it’ll lock into place.
Following the direction indicated on the sharpener, pull the knife through it with gentle pressure a few times until you are satisfied it is sharp enough. I applied a gentle pressure and managed to sharpen each knife fully in around 1 minute, so use that as a time guide.
Be careful to clear the shavings from the blade away from the sharper regularly. You can do this with a towel, but I found rinsing it under the tap was more effective, as long as you dry it off before using it again. This cleaning of the filings is important, because it can affect how smoothly the device works when sharpening if you allow the sharpening area to be clogged up.
If you notice the blade becomes bumpy when sharpening, just check the sharpening area is clear of filings.
The AnySharp Knife Sharpener Pro copes well with a serrated blade – of course it’s bumpy as the blade bounces through the sharpening groove, but once you get over the concern that you’re actually going to damage rather than improve the blade, you’ll see that it works really well…
AnySharp Knife Sharpener Pro Review: Concluded
At around £10-£15 for a brilliantly effective device, it’s really hard to find any reason not to buy the AnySharp Knife Sharpener. It’s well made, looks great, easy to use and gives great results. The suction cup works well, it sharpens any knife, it’s small enough to store and quick enough to use in a rush!
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