|Product Type: Electric knife sharpener||Country of Manufacture: United States|
Always enthralled by knife sharpening, Friel included in his list the invention of a truly effective electric knife sharpener that would work on a wide variety of knives, particularly, fine quality gourmet knives. He rescued a 20-year-old set of Gerber knives from a closet. They were a present from his wife June, and to his great frustration, he had never been able to put a satisfactory edge on them.
With fierce determination and a personal deadline of three years to show himself adequate progress on the project, Friel set to work in a basement laboratory and then sought the assistance of other professionals. "They were the nucleus of the EdgeCraft team," recalls Friel. He created thirteen prototypes before he came up with one that satisfied him. Soon after its introduction, the Chef's Choice Diamond Hone Sharpener earned the acclaim of food experts and chefs worldwide, including Pierre Franey, Jacques Pépin and the late Craig Claiborne.
Friel compares the day he left DuPont to follow his second career to the day he walked away from Johns Hopkins University after earning a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering."Unlike the day I left Johns Hopkins, when I left DuPont I could proceed with the knowledge and confidence gained from some 40 years of hands-on experience," Friel recalls. "I saw a need and I had the confidence that I could deliver."
Stan from NY – Verified Buyer– Top 100 Reviewer
I like the quality of this product and it is exactly what I expected. It is durable and is exactly as described on the web.
M from Vancouver, BC – Verified Buyer
I use this for sharpening a set of mid range knives. I am just a cook at home, not a professional cook. It is a bit tricky to figure out the technique but once you have it, you are fairly quick and consistent with the sharpening. The final sharpness is better than what I started with but not dramatically sharp. This could be lack of sharpening skill on my part. Time will tell. I have sharpened 5 knives in total so far. For an inexpensive sharpener, this one seems to do the trick.
A Must for Sharp Knives
Bread Lover from Salt Lake City, Utah – Verified Buyer
I just used this to sharpen all my knives. It takes a little bit to get used to...read the instructions carefully. Stage one is to sharpen very, very dull knives and stage two is to polish or maintain your sharp knives. The guides may initially "grab" your knife or the knife may bounce, but with practice, you will get the hang of it.
Bought one gave one.
Queen Bee from Avondale, AZ
My husband bought one this summer after I cut my finger on a friend's super sharp knife, and he told us about this product. Our knives are super sharp now too. We like it so much, we bought this one to give to my father for christmas.
martin-street from Raleigh, NC
Only used it once but seems to do well. Instructions are a bit confusing for a simple product.