August 4, 2010

AccuSharp Knife Sharpener

accusharp.jpg...And speaking of blade sharpening, does anyone have any insight into why the AccuSharp Knife Sharpener has been at the number one spot on Amazon's Power and Hand Tool bestseller's list for months on end? We actually can't even remember a time when it wasn't at the top of the list. Is this thing heavy in the infomercial circuit or what?

it definitely looks like a nice item to have around, but the overwhelming popularity of it is a bit of a mystery to us.

Drop a line in the comments and let us know your theory on this mystery. We'll send a tool out to either the most likely response or the most paranoid and conspiratorial, we're not sure which. We'll take ideas until next Tuesday 8/10.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at August 4, 2010 5:40 PM
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I agree with "work sharp". Essentailly it comes down to marketing the product successfully. With good promotions even a pet rock can make it to the top 10 most valuable products list.

Posted by: Mizerman at April 20, 2011 9:33 PM

Yes - Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen promotes it constantly. Great blog!

Posted by: Work Sharp at September 7, 2010 11:04 AM

I got one of these 2 or 3 years ago for Christmas solely because of the a Cook's Illustrated review! If the knife is not "too far gone" this thing will sharpen it in a jiffy, I will take my knife to a "sharpening steel" to straighten the edge then this sharpener and I am good to go....

Highly recommend + buy an extra set of blades!

Posted by: OhioHead at August 11, 2010 9:48 PM

JazzFromMars is correct. Cook's Illustrated and Cooks Country are like the consumer reports for the kitchen, and their recommendations can really sway the sales of products (particularly since the categories of products they review are not usually large volume items in terms of sales). If the reviewers like the product, then there is a snowball effect through word of mouth and more reviews on Amazon.

Posted by: ChrisB at August 10, 2010 1:45 PM

Having lost ground in the stapler market to that darned red Swingline, Bostitch has decided to take on the knife sharpener world. Plus it's just much prettier than the competition. Ha take that Swingline.

Posted by: Adam at August 5, 2010 8:08 AM

This thing is at the top of the list for a very good works! I was very leery of it myself feeling it was gimmick or just over-hyped, but then I went into a local family owned hardware store where the guy had a rack of them. I asked him if it was all that and he pulled one from under the counter that looked like it had sharpened the entire US military's knives, it was absolutely ragged and wore. He asked me for my pocket knife and ran it through a few times and then handed it back to me. Told me to shave my arm hair and I did, it took the hair off something serious. It was the sharpest my knife had been since it was new, if not sharper. I then proceeded to buy the knife sharpener and the tool sharpener, they are different because the metal parts inside are angled different. I cannot urge you all enough to just try it. It works just as, if not better than, advertised. And no, I'm not some company shill or seller, just an off-duty cop who loves my knife to be sharp.

Posted by: ferris209 at August 4, 2010 7:21 PM

Pretty sure it's because Cook's Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen consistently promotes it as their choice for best bang-for-the-buck sharpener available.

Posted by: jazzFromMars at August 4, 2010 6:15 PM
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