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Is a Diamond Steel the best option for non-stoners

Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:19 pm

I was considering buying a diamond steel to sharpen knives at a homeless shelter where I volunteer.
Also, perhaps, as a gift for friends that just are not going to want to use a stone, is there any better option for a quick sharpening of a dull-ish knife?

I have one of these steels (A Dexter, I believe) and it seems to put a descent edge on a knife when I'm not in the mood to use a stone, or cannot.

Is there any better option to quickly sharpen their dull knives? It seems very convenient fast and easy.

Thanks!

Re: Is a Diamond Steel the best option for non-stoners

Thu Feb 27, 2014 7:25 pm

If nobody has any interest in learning to use a stone you may as well buy a cheap carbide pull through sharpener. It will tear your knives up just as much as a diamond steel and the knife will feel sharp too at a cheaper price. You could always buy a Chef's Choice electric, lots'a non-stone people like those.

Re: Is a Diamond Steel the best option for non-stoners

Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:20 pm

I've never used a pull-thru sharpener that I thought was worth $.02. Is there really one? I'm not worried about price, I'm worried more about convenience, speed, storage and longevity.

Re: Is a Diamond Steel the best option for non-stoners

Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:46 pm

IIRC BDL is a supporter of the Chef Choice that allows for the 15º DPS, if the user has no interest in sharpening.

Re: Is a Diamond Steel the best option for non-stoners

Thu Feb 27, 2014 11:54 pm

IIRC BDL ?
DPS ?

Re: Is a Diamond Steel the best option for non-stoners

Fri Feb 28, 2014 12:57 am

Haha. Sorry.

IIRC - if I remember correctly
BDL - Boar d Laze, the knife guru
DPS - degrees per side

Mowgs.

Re: Is a Diamond Steel the best option for non-stoners

Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:04 am

Thanks.
Is the chef's choice you're speaking of an electric or a pull-thru?

An electric isn't an option for this.

Re: Is a Diamond Steel the best option for non-stoners

Fri Feb 28, 2014 1:55 am

If your bound and determined to use only a rod i would.get 2. An aggressive diamond one , and a ceramic idahone.

Re: Is a Diamond Steel the best option for non-stoners

Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:17 am

Ahhh sorry. Yes, it is electric.

For a non-electric I would go for the above set up Sadden suggested.

Re: Is a Diamond Steel the best option for non-stoners

Fri Feb 28, 2014 2:19 am

Chef choice 1520, would be your best bet http://www.chefschoice.com/page2a.html
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