|Product Dimensions||24 x 7.19 x 6.1 cm; 1 Grams|
|Item Weight||1 g|
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Global 550/GB Ceramic Water Sharpener Knife Sharpener, Multicolored
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|Item dimensions L x W x H||24 x 7.2 x 6.1 centimetres|
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About this item
- Recommended for GLOBAL knives and most other knife brands
- Three-stage, handheld ceramic water sharpener for a complete sharpening process.
- Water compartment ensures wheels stay cool for superior sharpening.
- Safe and easy-to-use
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This Minosharp Plus 3 ceramic water sharpener is extemely easy to use and recommended for sharpening GLOBAL knives and most other knife brands. This device employs three ceramic wheels - coarse, medium and fine to return a dull knife to working order. Fill the wheel compartment with water so your blade is continuously washed and cooled while it's being sharpened. Draw the knife back and fourth seven or eight times through each stage. The sharpener's plastic handle is shaped so it can be gripped firmly and safely and has a soft, rubber-like insert for comfort
From the manufacturer
Today, in Samurai tradition, GLOBAL continues to produce cutlery of the highest quality
Komin Yamada designed the first Global Knife in 1983 and it was immediately praised for it's pioneering design which combined Japanese craftsmanship, quality and precision with a contemporary design. With it's distinctive 'dotted' handle the GLOBAL Classic knife became and remains a truly global product - finding its way into the homes and businesses of many lovers of food throughout the world.
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By KB1846 on 28 August 2019
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So I took the view that with some of my knives costing £100+ to replace, it wasn't worth taking the chance with a cheaper sharpener to save £20.
First things first: make sure you fill up the water reservoir before use - it's an essential part of the system - do not try to 'dry sharpen', you'll simply wreck both the knife and the sharpening wheels. Secondly, you do not need to use any pressure at all - simply run the knife through the wheels back and forth with gravity doing the work for you. I suspect many of those who've complained about broken sharpening wheels haven't followed this advice.
Naturally, I tried it on a cheap knife first - in this case an old Sainsbury's own-brand 20cm cook's knife I bought to take to University in the '90s. It'd been used on and off for 10 years without ever having seen a sharpener and has so many nicks in the blade it's embarrassing. So I ran it through all three sets of wheels, a dozen times forward and back in each. I washed it off, then had a look at the blade: the nicks had mostly been removed, and using it to cut a carrot I was able to use considerably less force than before.
(cutting carrot is a good test - a blunt knife will need a fair amount of force to cut it, a sharp knife should be able to do it almost with gravity alone)
So after that initial success it was with some trepidation I moved onto my 20cm Global cook's knife. This is an expensive knife, and I wasn't going to be pleased if I wrecked it. As with the other knife, this one hasn't ever seen a sharpener, but I've only owned it ~3 years, and have kept it in considerably better condition than the Sainsbury's knife. With this in mind, I ran it through the medium and fine wheels, leaving the coarse wheel out of the equation.
As with the cheap knife, performance was noticably improved, and the knife doesn't appear to have suffered any damage from the experience.
All in all, a very worthwhile purchase, and safe to use (carefully!) with expensive knives.
I've scored it as a 4 star purely due to the fact it is a little pricey compared to other sharpeners but having used a few of the £10 ones they have always felt like they were damaging the knives whilst sharpening them (lots of metal shavings).
It comes with three sharpening wheels that sit in a reservoir of water. There's a guide slot that you place the knife in so you can't wobble or go off course. You just do about 7 strokes back and forth on each wheel with light pressure on the back of the knife. Start with the coarse wheel and work down to the fine wheel. Once I'd done this I was very impressed with how sharp the knives came out.
I think the product is a little pricey for what it is, but I can't knock it's effectiveness. When you consider how much you pay for Global brand knives I don't begrudge paying for something that is going to maintain their sharpness well.
I used Amazon Prime for this order. Ordered it on Saturday afternoon, arrived Sunday.