Friday, May 23, 2008

Sharpen that knife ... for precision cutting

Dull knives? Maybe it's time for an investment sharpener.

Note: This isn't for folks who buy their knives at Big Lots. (And I love Big Lots.)

This sharpenr is engineered to provide astonishingly sharp edges using highly precise knife guides that automatically position the knife. Multi-stage sharpening system features 100% diamond abrasives and patented flexible stropping polishing discs that create a “gothic arch” edge structure recognized for incredible sharpness and durability.

This advanced technology electric sharpener can restore and recreate both, a 20-degree edge for European and American style knives and a 15-degree edge for Asian style knives. It will quickly and easily sharpen virtually all quality cutlery including American, European or Asian style household knives; fine edge or serrated blades; Santuko and traditional Japanese style single bevel edges including the thicker Deba style blades; as well as sports knives, pocket knives and serrated edges.

According to retailers, 50 percent of cutlery sales are Asian style knives. These same customers often own the traditional European and American knives.

“Many consumers own both 20 degree Euro/American knives and 15 degree Asian style knives for which they want to maintain the original edge geometry. The revolutionary and versatile Model 1520 allows them to put a better than factory, original edge geometry on virtually all cutlery with just one versatile sharpener,” says ChefsChoice Company President Sam Weiner.

This week the Model 1520 is being shipped out to leading department, cutlery, hardware, specialty and cookware stores, mail-order catalogs and online retailers at a suggested retail price of $199.99 for cast brushed metal covering or $169.99 for white plastic molding cover.