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I used to pay a pro to sharpen my knives. Then I tried this clever $60 knife sharpening system (psst: I think it’s as good as the pros are)

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Alisa Wolfson

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Like many people, I coped with the pandemic by cooking my way through it. I mastered a way to have groceries delivered early in quarantine, I subscribed to the New York Times cooking channel and spent all the time I wasn’t involuntarily home schooling, in the kitchen. As my meals became more elaborate, I realized that my knives weren’t cutting it. And let me tell you, dull knives are a dealbreaker for a wannabe Martha Stewart who spends her afternoons slicing, dicing and chopping. So I decided to test the Rhineland Angle Pro Knife Sharpener, which is now $59.50 with code ANNUAL15. It’s a 3-in-1 knife sharpener that includes 1) a stainless steel angle gauge for measuring your blade’s precise angle, 2) three ceramic wheels for straightening the blade, 3) three precision wheels for sharpening the blade, and 4) three tungsten carbide rods for putting a new edge on your blade. (Watch the video of how the device works here).

What I liked : I’m no at-home sharpening pro (I used to take my knives to a pro to sharpen them), so I appreciated this easy-to-use, all-in-one device that required a minimal learning curve and pretty straightforward instructions. I started with a paring knife and tested its dullness by trying to slice a lemon — before sharpening it, it barely cut through the skin and I had to use a lot of muscle to make any headway. After running the blade through the sharpening wheels, I tried cutting the same lemon again and voila! I executed a perfect slice. I then went on to hone and then sharpen or create new blade edges on every knife in my kitchen. Armed with my new kitchen weapons, I whipped up dinner for taco Tuesday and easily sliced limes, chopped cilantro, cut lettuce and sliced tomatoes. LEARN MORE: Rhineland Angle Pro Knife Sharpener, now $59.50 with code ANNUAL15 Before I owned this sharpener, I would pay $5 per knife to have them sharpened by a professional (which also leaves me knife-less for 24-48 hours); the pros did a good job, but I found that this device did an equally good job and it only took a couple minutes.

How it works: Before starting, there’s an angle gauge that tells you which size wheels and rods to use for each specific knife, ensuring you get the best result and don’t damage your blades in the process. You can sharpen blades with wheels that give blades a razor sharp finish; create a new blade edge with tungsten rods, which are best for restoring the cutting edge to a “V” shape; or hone blades using the ceramic wheels which are best for polishing the blade and smoothing surface irregularities. (Watch the video of how the device works here).

What I didn’t like: Because the Rhineland Angle Pro Sharpener is designed to work with blades ranging in size from 13” to 21”, the actual device is long and a little bit cumbersome in terms of storing it when it’s not in use. At 16” long, it fits lengthwise in my drawer, but I can only store it in a vertical fashion. And though I found this knife sharpening system easy to use and effective, I know for some people this price is a bit steep. Bottom line: If you’re looking for a quick and painless way to keep your knives sharp, this gadget does the trick. Personally, I’ve never had the patience to sharpen knives using the rod that comes in the knife block — though if you do, that’s a far more cost-effective way — and now I won’t have to pay $5 per knife to have them sharpened by a professional.

LEARN MORE: Rhineland Angle Pro Knife Sharpener, now $59.50 with code ANNUAL15

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