I was recently sent the Judge Two-Stage Kitchen Knife Sharpener to try out. Having had most of my knives as wedding presents some 18 years ago you could say many of my knives are a little worse for wear and tend to get side-lined for the newer ones in the drawer. I’ve owned a one-stage knife sharpener in all this time but it was never great. Therefore I thought it would be great to compare the two sharpeners and see if I could bring my old knives back up to scratch!
The Judge Knife Sharpener has 2 slots, the first contains course carbide to sharpen at the perfect angle and is suitable for blunt knives; the second slot contains crossed ceramics to finely hone the knife edge and will keep you blades sharp with occasional honing.
I thought I would test out my old knife sharpener first with one of my blunt old knives by trying to cut a red pepper on the shiny side. I normally cut them on the rough side as it is a lot easier but for this purpose I wanted to test the knives to the max! Well the result with my old sharpener was that the blade became a little sharper but on trying to slice the red pepper there was quite a lot of initial resistance to go through the shiny surface. I then tried the same knife and all my others in the Judge Two-Stage Kitchen Knife Sharpener and the blades just cut straight through the outer shiny surface of the red pepper with no resistance whatsoever – result! I’m so pleased as I now don’t have to avoid certain knives as they are all beautifully sharp. What I also like about the knife sharpener is that the red parts are rubberised so that it is easy and pleasant to grip and is also non-slip, which my old one definitely wasn’t! The sharpener is also really easy to clean as the waste sharpenings can be disposed of by removing the sharpening slots with a pinch a pull – I don’t think I could even clean my old one.
If you have a glut of blunt knives in your kitchen I would have no hesitation in recommending the Judge Two-Stage Kitchen Knife Sharpener to you. I believe it retails for around £12 and you can check out your local stockist on the Judge web site.
NB: For the purposes of photography I used a glass worktop saver to cut on, this is a bad idea as it will blunt your knives, always use a chopping mat!
Please note: I was not paid for this review and all opinions are my own, I would like to thank Judge for the Knife Sharpener!