Saturday, May 09, 2009

Smith's Edge Knife Giveaway

I've had a love-hate relationship with my knives. I don't like to think about them but I use them all the time which tends to have disastrous results.

Because I've never taken the time to sharpen my knives except maybe three times over the course of my marriage I have a history of lopping off fingers here and there with my dull and poorly functioning blades. Drives Andrew crazy I tell you.

Well I was sent some knife sharpeners from Smith's Edge, a company that specializes in sharpening all kinds of things and you know what? They worked great.

They sent me one of their diamond sharpening steels but I haven't really found a time to use it--plus having to worry about getting the angle just right always makes me nervous.

But they also sent me the free-standing knife and scissors sharpener you see above and a ceramic pull-through sharpener. I used them both and was surprised how easily they sharpened (who knew kitchen safety was so attainable??)

If you're looking for a knife sharpener here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Look for a sharpener that has both a coarse and a fine grit.
  • "Arkansas Stones" are considered some of the finest sharpeners and are known for sharpening tools while taking off the least amount of material.
  • Carbide materials are much more thorough, take away more material and sharpen in three or four strokes.
  • A flat stone is good for flat tools but a round stone or rod is necessary for serrated edges.
Anyway, I liked the tall sharpener because it easily handled scissors and I happily went around sharpening all my scissors in the house. However, I liked the smaller tool too because it fit nicely in my kitchen drawer--convenient for storage. Both put good edges on my knives and both were easy to use.

Courtesy of Smith's Edge one winner this weekend will get to choose their own sharpener of the three I've mentioned here--you can decide which of these three fill your own personal knife sharpening needs the best.

Here's how to win:

Before 12 am Monday morning click here to reach the giveaway entry form then enter your name and email. I will pick one of the names at random, contact the winner via their email and publish the winner's first name and home town in next Tuesday's post. See the bottom of the entry form for more details.

This giveaway is open to all readers so good luck!

30 comments:

CECiL said...

Is this contest open to people from other countries?

One Mom said...

I can NEVER keep my knoves sharp! I thought something was wrong with me! I really NEED to win this so I'm going over to enter!

One Mom said...

not only can I not keep my knives sharp, I cannot spell or type!

cndymkr / jean said...

For Christmas last year my parents collected our knives and had them professionally sharpened. It was amazing. Knives slowly get dull and before you know it they are almost useless. This sharpener will look wonderful in my kitchen. I promise to talk to daily and feed it knives all the time.

CrAzY Working Mom said...

This is a very nice product! I'm in. :)

Maddy said...

Very tempting however of all the knife sharpeners I've bought over the years I just cannot stand the scraping noise that they all make so I just stick to a steel which is tolerable.
Cheers

Melissa B. said...

I have the worst luck with knives; I'd love to be able to sharpen them instead of just buying new ones when the old ones get too dull!

Neas Nuttiness said...

I have three knives that REALLY need to be sharpened. Thanks so much.

fruitfulwords said...

Cool giveaway. It would be awesome to be able to sharpen my scissors too.

fruitfulwords said...

I just checked out their website. I was surprised that the standing knife/scissor sharpener is very reasonably priced. Even if I don't win one, I can still get one. Thanks for letting us know about this resource.

abfantom said...

My knives are always dull. I could really use one of these.

abfantom (at) yahoo (dot) com

Terresa said...

Sharp knives are fun. And work really well. ;)

MOMFOREVERANDEVER said...

very nice

elaine said...

I could really use the Free Standing Knife and Scissor Sharpener at my house.

Elaine R
emrosser@shaw.ca

patrick moran said...

i have so many useless gadgets around the kitchen and the one thing i really need i don't have. i would love to have a knife/scissor sharpener.
ppoverboard@aol.com

Anonymous said...

I always like to work with very sharp knives. This prize would be perfect to keep them that way. Thanks for the offer.
Adele
oak462@juno.com

Anonymous said...

Luv to win this. Many thx. susan wiener, swiener1[at]tampabay.rr.com

Anonymous said...

Very useful product!
wgvantine@optonline.net

TBGumby said...

I need this to keep a keen edge on things

Aelwyn said...

My husband would love this!

Steve P. said...

This is a wonderful device. Works great.

clc408 said...

I have a stone and a steel for sharpening knives, but I'm like you concerning the angle. I'm sure I'd ruin my good knives. I cook quite a bit and appreciate a good sharp knife. This sounds like just the thing. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

This would be a great help to me I can never find a sharp knive in this house. thanks

Aisling said...

(Apparently I didn't type my comment in the right place the first time; hope I'm not duplicating.) I could really use a good knife sharpener, although I'd probably give it to DH to do the sharpening. I'm not always too good with sharp objects.

MBB Founder and Editor Denene Millner said...

I'm trying to save fingers around here--yay for the knife sharpener giveaway!

Tipper said...

We hand sharpen our knives and I'm always worried I'm going to slip doing it and cut myself. This would be an amazing thing to have for our kitchen.

Carolyn G said...

What a great contest. Thanks.

Audrey said...

I could use this knife sharpener in my kitchen! Thanks

Jammie said...

I really hate dull knoves awesome giveaway thanks

Valerie said...

I could sure use this have a lot of dull knives and also sisors. Thanks for a chance to win.