18/03/2013

AnySharp: The World's Best Knife Sharpener

The World's Best Knife Sharpener

Bold. Very bold.

I have a sharpening steel, and like many, I was curious about what this device could bring to the table.

I also have a couple of favourite knives which would not sharpen with a steel and were in need of regrinding.


Before taking all my knives for regrinding (yes, after gaining a quote) I thought I'd give this little device a go, which I've had in mind to buy and try out for some time.

Very impressive, indeed!

It took my very blunt knives and put new edges back on them, honed up to razor sharp.

The tungsten carbide blades are set to 22 degrees, perfect for Western knives. Simply draw the blade through gently a couple of times and you're done! Blades in need of a new edge need a couple of strong pulls through, taking care to follow the blade shape and then a couple of times gently to perfect the edge.

The device fixes to just about anything with a really powerful suction cup. With two, you could probably scale buildings!

Once finished, simply use a fridge magnet to collect up all the metal filings.

Two downsides ... of sorts ...
  • First, it is for Western knives only. It is not compatible with single edged Japanese knives.
  • Second, real perfectionists will want to strop the blade, but the vast majority of us will simply not notice and enjoy the new found life in our knives.
Cost? Somewhere around £10 posted will get you one of these, available in blue or silver.

Highly advisable!

AnySharp make a "gift pack" for shy of £30 which will get you the sharpener in polished metal alloy body, lifetime guarantee and a tub to keep it in.

AnySharp also make a "plus" model which can sharpen scissors as well. Somewhere shy of £20 for this model, available in grey or carbon fibre.

I have an Amazon Associates account, so if you want to try one for yourself and give me a little percentage then please use one of the adverts below.


... and, don't worry. This is not the start of a trend to monetize Living in the Ice Age; simply, I am so impressed with this little device that I had to share.

8 comments :

  1. They look handy. I've got a sharpening steel which is good but would be interested to see how these compare. What knives do you use? I picked up a Victorinox knife at Xmas. Good value but I could do with a few other sizes.

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    1. While a steel will remove metal, this does it on steroids! It is tiny, too, smaller than a cupcake.

      I do actually have a pretty complete range of Richardson Sheffield Balance knives.

      Until recently, the only knife I used day in day out was a Haiku Santoku knife. Beautiful piece of steel. Then it snapped going through a swede (veg, not nationality of person).

      I struggled with an el-crappo supermarket knife for a couple of weeks before looking at getting my Richardson knives re-ground. That's when I thought I'd give this a go for the price.

      Still being a little sceptical about the amount of steel that the device shaved off, I thought I'd give it a go anyway ... and ... was very impressed. The video shows reality, not some marketing/advertising reality and the end result is a sharp knife. Sharp, whatever you started out with.

      As I said, you might notice thin, almost rough feeling razor edge. If it bothers you, strop the blade on a leather belt. Either way, that issue with resolve itself after a few days of cutting.

      When I get home, I'll add a snap of my knife collection to this post.

      Needless to say, I've re-sharpened my two favourite 9" Chef's knives, a seriously long knife I only really use for cutting watermelons, a 6", a couple of utility knives, filleting knife (now skins literally like a knife through butter), cleaver, salmon slicer .. but the only one I had some issue with was a boning knife which, due to the odd shape cannot get into the inside curve.

      Versus a steel, it's simpler and definitely idiot proof.

      As an item, there is a tendency to push too hard ... only necessary for blunt steel. Gently slicing is the way.

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  2. I have been going back and forth between one of these Anysharp sharpeners and the electrical ones available on the market, at a higher price. I am not very savvy when it comes to sharpening knives, but if you say this is so simple to use i might give it a try.

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    1. Yup! Just clamp it down and drawn the knife through the guides as upright as you can. Do that gently a few times, or for a really blunt knife, one heavy drag through and a few light refining strokes. Enjoy :)

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  3. Glad to hear that you are such a great fan of Anysharp sharpeners as well. There are a couple of other brands out there that get excellent reviews, but for how much you get for their costs Anysharp are some of the best knife sharpeners.

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  4. I used to think that Anysharp is the same brand as AccuSharp - both make manual knife sharpeners - when i heard mentions of it but i see now in your review that actually they are quite different and employ different approaches to knife sharpening. The good think is they are both relative inexpensive, so i might give them a try.

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    1. Do, indeed give it a go ... it might well upset your Top 10 list.

      For me, it was a case of a last ditch "buy and hope" before sending my collection off for re-grinding. It did the trick and re-edged a number of absolutely blunt knives.

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