The Chef’s Choice 130 knife sharpener is also refered to as the M130 Knife Sharpening System.
America’s Test Kitchen (Cooks Country) recommend this sharpener.
Chef’s Choice 130: Features
This is stage one of the sharpening process.
The sharpening stage uses a diamond abrasive action that removes material from the knife as it sharpens the edge, and creates a small burr.
In effect what’s really happening is that it gives your knives a new edge.
Not all knives will need this level of sharpening.
The steeling stage removes the burr produced by the first stage of sharpening, but leaves in place invisible microscopic teeth that really help the knife edge to *bite* anything that needs cutting.
It will also straighten the edge of any knife that needs a quick honing.
The third stage of sharpening uses a flexible disk to polish the edge to incredible sharpness.
After 50 years of buying knife-sharpening devices, I think I’ve finally bought my last one. The Chef’s Choice M130 makes knife maintenance superbly easy and I highly recommend it.
Pulling the knife though all three sharpening stages requires very little effort.
Expect to spend one minute sharpening a neglected knife and about 10 seconds realigning the edge on a cared for knife.
Please read the manual included with the sharpener as these stages do not have to be used 1,2 and 3 in order. They can be used interchangeably depending on the type of edge you need.
Can be used on straight or serrated blades
Yes it can cope with bread knives or any serrated edge.
Kitchen knives, pen knives/hunting knives, and Asian style knives can be sharpened on this versatile sharpener
Look in any typical kitchen and you’re going to find a multitude of knives from many manufacturers.
While they may all not get used regularly, the Chef’s Choice M130 is capable of sharpening all of them ready for the day you do get around to pulling them out and putting then to work.
This machine can handle just about any knife type you care to test it with.
Note: this is a machine for sharpening steel knives and not ceramic knives
Minimal blade material removal
Where material is removed this may be cleaned from the work surface with a damp cloth and from the M130 itself by using the magnetised plug from the bottom of the unit.
Also make sure that each knife is cleaned after being sharpened to remove any metal residue from the surface of the knife.
A simple to use on/off button
It doesn’t get much simpler than this. Turn it on, sharpen, turn it off.
A Generous Three Year Warranty
I couldn’t find any more information on this other than it’s a Limited three-year warranty.
Guides to ensure precise sharpening angles
A unique system of guides ensure that the knife is held at the correct angle when being sharpened.
This is ideal for those that find holding the knife steady when sharpening a little difficult.
For those that are looking for an excellent manual sharpener that is not a pull through, you may like to take a look at the Spyderco Sharpmaker.