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Are knife sharpeners making the cut?

Posted at 6:52 PM, Apr 17, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-17 18:54:18-04

Professional knife sharpener Marc Roseman says sharp knives are a must in order to be able to slice, dice, and chop food easily.

But do you need a professional?

The infomercial product; the Edge of Glory for $10.99 plus shipping and handling claims it`s the best knife sharpener money can buy.

'Its jaw-hardened teeth hone any blade to a razor`s edge that will put the bite back into your dullest knife.'

Consumer Reports` Bernie Deitrick had to check it out.

'I rounded up pairs of knives; one expensive, one inexpensive, and one serrated, and then I dulled one of each pair.'

Then Bernie used the Edge of Glory to re-sharpen the dulled knives. After that he sliced and diced all kinds of food, including oranges, dried sausage, tomatoes, and carrots.

And then there was this claim --

'It`s so precise it will turn this plastic credit card into a precision-cutting instrument.'

'Though I wouldn`t recommend it for the average chef, I was able to cut up a tomato with it.'

'But depending on how you slice it, Edge of Glory isn`t so glorious.'

It left rough edges on the knives. And while it did sharpen the inexpensive and expensive knives, it did a better job on the inexpensive one.

'The Edge of Glory actually sharpened the cheaper knives better than the more expensive knives because cheaper knives are made of softer metal, which sharpens more easily.'

Bottom line -- skip the Edge of Glory, unless you want to wow your guests by using a credit card to slice a tomato!