Pros: Compact, Easy to Use, Inexpensive
Cons: Not intended for serious sharpening
The Edgeware, Edge Grip 2-Stage Knife Sharpener, is designed and manufactured by Smith's--a leading sharpener manufacturer. The Edge Grip works on a flat surface, but was designed to be placed on the edge of a table, or any other square edge. This stabilizes the unit while sharpening. Carbide blades and crossed ceramic rods feature pre-set sharpening angles that provide the proper quick edge-setting capabilities. It features both a coarse and fine slot. For most everyday touch up sharpening the fine ceramic slot is plenty to bring the edge back. During our own tests, we found that the sharpener performed up with all the other v-slot, carbide and/or ceramic sharpeners that have been used by outdoorsmen for years. The Edge Grip was designed for kitchen use, but we found this product perfect for taking on picnics, keeping in our truck, or boat. The small design makes it easy to store, and the sharpening properties help keep our pocket knives and boning knives sharp when out in the field. If you are short of space in your kitchen, then this item would be useful. If you are the average cook and just need slight touch-ups to your blade, then this sharpener will work fine. If you are a serious chef, butcher, etc, then you will want to look for units that are better suited to getting a knife extremely sharp, because this unit will not.