I've done some research about knife sharpeners including reviews I've read on amazon and several of the threads here.
Although I'm pretty good with my hands, I'm not that proficient manually sharpening with stones, and they do need resurfacing from time to time.
From what I've read, manual sharpeners are often as good as electric ones, and they cost less. And there's the added benefit of less to go wrong.
Most of my knives are Henckel and Goldhamster (from the early 1980s), including serrated knives. I also have one Kershaw blade trader which I suppose has 15 deg edges.
I'm considering Smith Abrasives and Chef's Choice manual sharpeners, and I'd appreciate recommendations pro and con specific models based on personal experience.
Of course I'll happily consider other brands, and even electric sharpeners if they aren't too pricy and if they don't remove too much material.
These are the factors that are important to me (and probably to everyone else). Of course I realize that much of this is subjective.
* How sharp the knives get
* How long the knife stays sharp
* How long it takes to get an acceptable edge when sharpening a dull-ish knife
* How much material is removed when sharpening
* Scratching of the knife by the sharpener
* Quality of the tool (e.g. how long it will last)
* How often, if ever, sharpening elements need to be replaced
Also, does anyone have an email address for Chef's Choice/Edgecraft? I couldn't find one on their website, and as I am not in the US, I would prefer not to call them on the phone.
Thanks to one and all.