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Knife Sharpeners - Spyderco Sharpmaker vs Chefs Choice Pronto


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Knife Sharpeners - Spyderco Sharpmaker vs Chefs Choice Pronto

finalera | | Mar 7, 2011 05:39 PM

I'm look for a decent, bang-for-the-buck knife sharpener.

I have several cheap knives, some Henkels, and a Shun 12" chefs knife.

So far, I've narrowed my search to two models.

Spyderco Sharpmaker - It seems like the authentic way to sharpen a knife. It just seems more legit. I haven't heard any bad reviews of it, despite countless resources and reviews on it. Overall, a very decent, bang-for-the-buck knife sharpener that works for most knives. It offers the 30 degree angle for the Shun (and other Asian-style blades) and I believe 45 for general western knives (like my Henkels). Costs around $50 and you get a bunch of rods for customizing your edge.

Chefs Choice Pronto - It seems like the wham-bam-thank-you-ma'am approach to knife sharpening. You just stick your knife between the slots and take a couple swipes. It has two slots - one for coarse and another for polish/honing. There are plenty of other knife sharpeners like this, but this offers two slots, as opposed to the usual one. It just seems more legit, than something like Accusharp. That said, the cost is close to the Spyderco Sharpmaker. It's $40 at Amazon, and they have two types - 463 model for 15 degree edge (Asian-style) and 464 model for general western knives. Purchasing both (one for my Henkels and other cheap knives, and one for my Shun) would add up to $80. Reviews for the 464 are mixed, but the reviews for the 463 model are praiseworthy. I haven't found any other knife sharpeners of this quick-fix variety for Shun (and other Asian-style knives) with glowing reviews.

So what do you guys think is the better investment?

On one hand, Spyderco seems cheaper and more versatile. And it's pretty authentic - very manually involved. But I don't fancy taking 20+ minutes to sharpen a knife, everytime they go blunt.

With Chefs Choice Pronto, it should take two or three minutes, max, to sharpen a blade. But again, I've never owned these quick-fix sharpeners, and I have no idea how they stack up with something more traditional like Spyderco.

What do you guys think? Is the Spyderco that much better, that I should invest the extra time to sharpen my knives? Or is Chefs Choice Pronto good enough to be a suitable investment?