AnySharp Plus Knife Sharpener - Review
I carry a knife all the time and honestly I'm pretty abusive toward it. I see it as not only a knife, but a screwdriver and pry bar too. It also works as a bottle opener. It's not very surprising that a nice edge doesn't last long. I have a couple of those scraper/sharpeners that are popular and every so often I stop long enough to swipe the knife across them a few times. So it was pretty cool when AnySharp contacted us asking if we wanted to take their AnySharp Plus for a spin.
(See below for a 25% off coupon code at AnySharp.com)
It's one of the aforementioned scraper style sharpeners (probably not the technical term, but whatever). It consists of two tungsten carbide blades, positioned in a V formation. When you slide the knife through the V, material is removed and your blade conforms to the sharp V shape and BOOM it's sharpened. It's the same theory that's behind the AccuSharp Knife Sharpener and a host of others.
What is different about the AnySharp is that it's a small tabletop unit as opposed to a hand-held like the AccuSharp. It also has a handy suction cup, so you can suck it down to your counter top and safely sharpen. It's a very nice feature and the suction is oddly strong. If it's on a flat surface, there's just no way it's going to move.
It's a nice design and removes that queasy feeling I always get when I use the AccuSharp. Trying to stabilize the knife and pull the sharpener over the blade (with only a thin piece of plastic between my knuckles and the knife blade) is a little awkward. With the AnySharp Plus, you hold the knife and the blade is always pointed away from you.
As far as the sharpening goes, the AnySharp takes a lot of material off. It's fine for our knock around knives, but it does seems a little extreme for the really high-end kitchen knives. There's a lot written about how to properly sharpen a kitchen knife and we're not going to go there. It's a massive undertaking and we don't know enough to get fully engaged in the the heated kitchen knife sharpening debate. But suffice to say there is a large and vocal camp that is totally opposed to this style of sharpener.
But we will say this: the AnySharp is a safe and effective way for us to keep our low-down, beat-down daily blades sharp. And if you're not totally manic about your kitchen knives, you'll probably like it for those too. It costs around $15 or so.
AnySharp has also passed on a coupon code for 25% off anything at AnySharp.com. This means all versions of their sharpener as well as the freakiest pair of sissors that you've ever seen. The code is US2013-25 ...just enter it at checkout.
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Posted by Doug Mahoney at October 25, 2013 8:01 AM