Veteran Tools #1: Mini Sharpener

I've tried many sharpeners and all worked but nothing as handy and quick as my Smith's
Just to be clear, I am not being paid for this recommendation… I LOVE my mini sharpener. I’ve tried many sharpeners and all worked but nothing as handy and quick as my Smith’s

For my money THE most important Veteran Tool in my kitchen is my mini-sharpener. Just to be clear, I am not being paid for this recommendation… I LOVE my Smith’s mini sharpener. I’ve tried many different kinds over the years and all worked more or less as advertised but nothing as handy and quick as my 2-Step Sharpener. This terrific, portable tool provides coarse and fine stage sharpening for almost all types of standard edge knives.

Starting out as a small Arkansas stone company, Smith’s is now a market leader in the knife and scissor sharpening category. I got mine at a local big-box home improvement store… Lowes… more than 5 years ago but, I see that it’s just as easy to order online from a variety of sources. The company offers a very wide range of sharpening products but these little gems are all a good home cook needs to keep a clean, sharp edge on all your favourite knives. It fits in the palm of your hand, is brightly colored so, it’s easy to locate in a drawer. And, it sells for under $20!

Sharp knives are a must for every cook because they’re safer to use. Even the best quality knives make cooking a chore if they’re allowed to go dull. This simple device makes keeping a keen edge on your cutlery a snap. In just a few passes the carbide notch knocks off any nicks that may have formed in normal use. Then, just a few more strokes across the ceramic edge really puts the finishing touch on and you’re ready to go.

Preset crossed carbide blades provide quick edge setting
Preset crossed carbide blades provide quick edge setting
Preset crossed ceramic rods provide a razor sharp finished edge
Preset crossed ceramic rods provide a razor sharp finished edge
Non-slip rubber feet for safety
Non-slip rubber feet for safety
Quick and easy to use... just 3 or 4 strokes across the carbide blades is all it takes to set a quick edge
Quick and easy to use… just 3 or 4 strokes across the carbide blades is all it takes to set a quick edge. Both sides of the blade are treated at the same time
Then, I flip it over and draw the blade across the ceramic rods to finish the job
Then, I flip it over and draw the blade across the ceramic rods to finish the job.
Again, all it takes is 3 or 4 strokes et voilà!

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