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    Published on December 15th, 2010 | by Rita


    Kyocera Provides A Sharp Lineup For The Holidays

    Its hard to imag­ine, but Christ­mas is fast ap­proach­ing. On­ly a cou­ple of weeks re­main for you to wrap up your pre­sents, much less fig­ure them out. With that in mind, we’re try­ing to fo­cus our cov­er­age on some ex­cel­lent gifts, from stock­ing stuffers to larg­er pre­sents for loved ones. Ky­ocera, famed for their ce­ram­ics that we’ve cov­ered in the past, falls both cat­e­gories- and to­day, we’ve got some­thing for the ja­va junkie and the blade lover.

    This isn’t the first time that Tru­ly Ob­scure has delved in­to cof­fee grinders. We’ve seen quite a few in the past. But for those of you who are con­sid­er­ing a con­i­cal burr grinder but are de­terred by price or re­li­a­bil­i­ty is­sues, we sug­gest the Ky­ocera Ce­ram­ic Cof­fee Grinder which is a fair­ly unique twist on a clas­sic low-tech item.

    Ob­vi­ous­ly when us­ing a hand grinder, there is go­ing to be more prepa­ra­tion and grunt work. We felt the grind was con­sis­tent, and one of the biggest com­pli­ments we can give this grinder is the silent treat­ment. It is a vast im­prove­ment from the noise of elec­tric grinders. It even made up for the fact that this is a bit more dif­fi­cult.

    Since this is a mul­ti-pur­pose grinder, we were able to not on­ly pre­pare cof­fee; we al­so tried it with green tea. As an avid tea drinker, my oth­er half who is a cof­fee drinker and I were able to com­pro­mise on the use­ful­ness to a house­hold that is torn be­tween cof­fee and tea. As far as grind­ing is con­cerned, since it is a man­u­al burr grinder, we were able to ad­just the size of our cof­fee grounds from fine to coarse. This task is eas­i­er said than done, but af­ter a few tri­al runs, we felt we had the grind for a de­cent French press. The on­ly rel­a­tive­ly dif­fi­cult as­pect to the grinder is try­ing to steady the grinder while turn­ing the han­dle. Small hands and sleep stu­por caused a few stum­bles but we man­aged.

    Clean up is al­ways the least amount of fun and can of­ten be a deal break­er de­pend­ing on if the prod­uct is a night­mare to wash and/or put away. The grinder dis­as­sem­bles so it can be cleaned sep­a­rate­ly from the glass con­tain­er which is dish­wash­er safe. We took a sug­ges­tion about us­ing a tooth­brush and that seemed to be the best al­ter­na­tive. Small and com­pact it is, we were able to store the unit in a tiny kitchen fair­ly eas­i­ly.

    We were able to spot the Ky­ocera Ce­ram­ic Grinder from Ama­zon for $50. A fair price for a sol­id grinder with a nice glass jar and that has no op­er­at­ing ex­pens­es, though we note that Ama­zon was out of stock at press time and oth­er ven­dors var­ied in their stock lev­els.

    Mov­ing on to an­oth­er prod­uct in the Ky­ocera line­up, the Elec­tric Di­a­mond Knife Sharp­en­er is sure to wow even the most skep­ti­cal crit­ics- at least those with dull knives. As a bat­tery-pow­ered knife sharp­en­er, this handy item does ju­jit­su on most any type of blade and can take up to .5mm nicks off the blade. Though rec­om­mend­ed for Ky­ocera ce­ram­ic knives, we sug­gest tak­ing a look at the Ky­ocera web­site as the mod­els not rec­om­mend­ed for use with this de­vice are list­ed.

    We opt­ed to use the sharp­en­er with a few ce­ram­ic knives we had from their se­lec­tion and were over­joyed at the out­come. The di­a­mond stone is in­dus­tri­al 600 grit and did a mirac­u­lous job re­new­ing our blades. It looked like a fac­to­ry job done right. The as­sist roller al­lowed us to achieve a 35 de­gree an­gle and re­sults that made us want to sharp­en our whole col­lec­tion.

    For around $67 on Ama­zon this is sure to please those with some fine cut­lery in their cab­i­nets. It isn’t quite as flex­i­ble, easy-to-use or durable-seem­ing as some oth­er knife sharp­en­ers that we’ve seen, but it is quite a bit cheap­er and cer­tain­ly got the job done fast on our ce­ram­ic blades.

    About the Author

    Professionally in healthcare, and semi-professionally a photographer, former student at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa, and full-time student of human nature, Rita has been writing for Truly Net for many years. Born and raised in the Midwest, she spent years on Oahu, and has formed some very strong opinions about all things knitting, pie, and the best places to climb. She really enjoys good food, music and friends, and is perfectly willing to write about, and photograph any or all of those things.

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