Published on April 8th, 2015 | by Greg
A Sharper Sharpener, The Brod and Taylor Professional
If you’ve got a decent set of knives, then you likely have a small problem- they might not be very well maintained. It’s all to easy to let your beautiful set get a little dull over time, or have the blades end up with a few nicks. No matter what you have on or inside your blocks- German or American steel- and no matter what size or style, you definitely need to consider the best way to keep them sharp, straight, and true. Most sharpeners, though, require a lot of work or need to be plugged in. And they take up space on your counter or, worse, in your cabinet since they generally aren’t very attractive.
The Brod and Taylor Professional Knife Sharpener is from a company you might not be familiar with. But they’ve taken a necessary piece of gear and made it nicer looking, safer, almost a conversation piece, without making it too fancy or inefficient. All you need to do is swipe your knife through the twin vertical sharpening surfaces, each made of tungsten carbide and mounted on nifty springs. Any type of knives, even serrated cutlery, can be honed with the Brod and Taylor Pro. And you’re actually able to do three different steps or techniques – coarse sharpening (for your dull or nicked knives), honing, and final polishing.
We tested out quite a few of our knives with great success, from our favorite Wusthof serrated bread knives to Damascus chef’s knives. You don’t need to worry much about angles your blade type or grinding or powders or anything too intimidating. Though they still do offer suggestions for adjustments- 12 degrees for a super-sharp fillet knife to 20 degrees for a rugged chopping blade. Rubber feet keep it in place, and it’s just heavy enough (two pounds or so) to avoid moving around too much while you’re using it. Plus, the compact design looks museum-ready, so it adds to rather than subtracts from your clean countertop.
Available for around $120 in stores and online, the Brod and Taylor Professional Knife Sharpener does truly work well, feels durable, and adds a touch of class to what can be an easily-skipped chore.