The Ozitech Pro Knife Sharpener - Best Buy For The Price
Keeping Your Knives Sharp
Over the years I've picked up some very good knives with very sharp edges that make my slicing and dicing a lot easier. Unfortunately like many of you, I don't remember to sharpen them enough so I have to work harder to dice that carrot and make myself more vulnerable to getting cut.
Did you know you are less likely to cut yourself with a sharp knife than a dull one. At least that's what some professional chefs have told me.
They say you don't have to work as hard with a sharp knife thus avoiding an accidental slip off the ingredient you are cutting; and, if you do slip, you are not pushing down so hard to make the cut deeper.
Why Not Sharpen Your Knives?
So it doesn't make sense that we purchase expensive, quality knives and then don't keep them sharp. I ask myself this all the time especially when I'm struggling with a knife in hand.
I think it is because we don't want to bother taking the time to sharpen them or we think it's going to be a lot of work.
I suppose if you were to sharpen them with a stone like some professionals do, it does take time and you should know what you are doing or you can ruin the edge. Ok, that's a good reason not to sharpen your own knives but what about buying one of those fancy electric knife sharpeners?
Great idea but they are expensive and they often get buried in a kitchen cabinet -- out of sight, out of mind. I own two ChefsChoice electric knife sharpeners and they do a great job.
Unfortunately, they are in the back of the cabinet and the only time I take them out is when I'm going to sharpen all my knives at one time. The results are good, but I want a sharpener that does as good a job if not better and is more accessible.
The Ozitech Diamond Fingers Pro Knife Sharpener
I was whining about this to Peter Hertzmann, author of Knife Skills Illustrated, and he suggested I give a look at the Ozitech Diamond Fingers Pro Knife Sharpener by Furi.
He says it's one of his favorite cutlery tools that he takes with him on all his teaching jobs. It looks so small and simple so how can it do a good job? Peter told me to try using one and see for myself.
He was right! I couldn't believe how simple this compact sharper was to use and how great a job it did sharpening my knives. Now I keep it in my knife drawer WITH my knives so when I open the drawer to take them out, the Ozitech is staring me in the face reminding me to sharpen the knife I'm going to use.
I no longer feel the necessity of having to sharpen all my knives at one time but just the ones I'm using the most. Five to 10 pulls across the "diamond fingers" and I'm ready for a quick hone with a steel and ready to go.
When we go on vacation down at the Jersey shore in the summer, I usually bring one good knife but always bring the Ozitech because I know the knives in the rental won't cut butter. I've thought to bring it over to some friends' homes who own the best quality knives you can buy but never sharpen them -- but that might be a little much!
onlinesources: Kitchen Knives & Cutlery
There are lots of sources for purchasing quality Kitchen Knives including chef's knives, pairing knives and boning knives. I suggest you check out your local department stores and kitchen supply shops but if you're looking for a wide selection of products and prices, you may want to check out Amazon.com where I buy many of my favorite pieces of cookware.