Having tested my step-mother's knife sharpener (from Williams-Sonoma, see link below) on her very dull (and mistreated) Wusthof knives, I decided to purchase one for use with my own Wusthof Classics. The sharpener worked very well on her poorly-treated knives. I take very good care of my knives, but I have never been able to get the hang of using a steel. I simply can't get my mind to translate the correct motion to my hands, and I'm always worried about not using the correct angle.
This knife sharpener is very easy to use, but I'm worried now about what it might do to my knives--could it sharpen them up in the short term, but be damaging in the long run?
I'd love to hear from Chowhounds who have experience with this sharpener or others like it.
Also, I have two "specialty" knives--the Wusthof offset bread knife and the Wusthof Hollow-Ground Santoku. Will either of these be adversely affected by sharpening with this tool?