Guaranteed to sharpen dull knives and scissors in seconds
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I have used several simple products like this from Smith's and Lanskey. The Smith's 50501 has been a really good fit at my house. The carbide bits do remove a fair amount of metal (especially earn the sharpeners new!), so one needs to be careful with thin kitchen utility knives like paring knives or those typical thin, 3-5 inch blades. The ceramic sharpener does the trick on my better knives and I use that side from my chef's knife to my various pocket knives to correct an edge roll or to put a fine edge on after using a steel. The angle is just right.
The carbide bits have finally worn out after hundreds of sharpenings of dozens of knives and small tools. I really appreciate that the sharpening bits are able to be swapped from side to side to extend their life and then, later, they are still replaceable. The ceramic rods for the scissors sharpener are good for touch up, but they remove so little metal (good for a fine edge) that you can forget it if you have a visible nick or even one you can feel on your thumbnail. You'll need professional help with a scissor grinder for that.
For well under $20, this has been a favorite tool in my home. I have a good ($175) electric knife sharpener, but this is my daily go-to sharpening tool in the kitchen.
HAVE HAD THIS PRODUCT FOR LESS THAN A YEAR. USE IT AS NEEDED FOR KITCHEN KNIFES.. ALWAYS THE FINE SIDE AS I DON'T LET THE KNIFES GET TO DULL... ABOUT EVER OTHER MONTH 10 TO 15 KNIFES, 20 MINUTES... FINE SIDE WORN OUT... WHEN BACK TO FLAT STONE AND OIL.....
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