Hands-on review: AnySharp knife sharpener with PowerGrip
Knives getting a bit blunt? You need a sharpener, my friend. Resurrect the keen edges of your cherished blades with the AnySharp Knife Sharpener.
From time to time, unusual and unexpected objects arrive in the mail at E&T HQ. Recently, we received a sample of the AnySharp Knife Sharpener, which (with a clear degree of hyperbole) proclaimed itself to be "the world's best knife sharpener", promising to rejuvenate all of the disappointingly blunt knives in our kitchen and toolshed arsenal. That was an invitation we couldn't pass up, frustrated as we have been lately by meat, vegetables and soft fruit mocking our inability to neatly slice them as desired.
Approximately the size of an individual pork pie (60mm x 60mm), the AnySharp can be attached to any work surface with the neat rubber suction cup on its bottom. Flip the locking handle down and AnySharp ain't going AnyWhere.
To sharpen your blades, you simply draw the blade slowly and gently between the overlapping tungsten carbide ‘teeth’ - preset at an effective 20-degree angle – marvelling at the fine metal dust being pared off your knife, meaning you can literally see your knife getting sharper.
Easy, light strokes are the key, as AnySharp is designed to work best in this way. Heavy-handed, pressurised strokes will not produce better, sharper results – quite possibly the opposite, in fact. You also don't want to be sawing the blade back and forth, as this will knacker both your knife and your AnySharp. Gentle strokes in one direction only. Don't overcomplicate, grasshopper.
AnySharp also has a long-lasting polymer guiding top that is softer than metal at the point of the blade's exit, which helps prevent damage to your knives’ blade edges and tips.
We sharpened all sorts of knives – carving knives, chopping knives, bread knives, vegetable knives, a Swiss Army knife, specialist craft knives and some woodworking blades. All of them were unquestionably sharper after a few strokes through the AnySharp. Carefully wiping down the blade to clear off any lingering metal detritus and we were ready to slice, carve, cut and slash with razor-keen impunity as if our knives were (almost) new again.
AnySharp will work with almost any knife type, including fancy-pants chef’s special hardened steel knives. The only blade types not recommended are fine-toothed serrated knives. Regular serrated knives, such as bread knives or hunting knives, should be fine.
We liked the fact that AnySharp is small, round, feels reassuringly solid (being primarily made of metal) and takes up very little countertop space. The suction-cup bottom is reliably secure and means you can whap the AnySharp down wherever you need it, lock it in place and quickly sharpen the blade in your hand. You could even stick it to the fridge or kitchen wall tiles in this way to keep it handy.
This is a simple product that tackles a universal problem very effectively. A knife that could barely cut paper before was transformed into a blade capable of slicing it in two with minimal pressure. It’s hard to argue with results like that.
AnySharp is available from Amazon, costing approximtely £10 at time of writing (Amazon prices can fluctuate, as we know).