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Title: AnySharp Global knife sharpener - beware of fakes
Post by: Salvador Dhali on May 23, 2013, 02:34 PM
After reading about the AnySharp Global knife sharpener in other threads in this fine forum, while I wouldn't use anything like this on my quality knives, I decided to click on the eBay link provided and buy one to sharpen my cheap knives. As someone else pointed out, for £6.99 it's something of a bargain.

But do beware that at this price point it will almost certainly be a nasty imitation of the genuine product. Mine was.

Here's how you can tell:

(http://www.curry-recipes.co.uk/imagehost/pics/865becb43e7c340d38a3d579808e9450.jpg) (http://www.curry-recipes.co.uk/imagehost/#865becb43e7c340d38a3d579808e9450.jpg)
Title: Re: AnySharp Global knife sharpener - beware of fakes
Post by: Peripatetic Phil on May 23, 2013, 02:56 PM
Too late :  I am almost certain I have thrown my packaging away ...
Ah well, at least it explains why it does not work :)
** Phil.
Title: Re: AnySharp Global knife sharpener - beware of fakes
Post by: matcurry on May 23, 2013, 03:28 PM
i bought one one of these a while back it was rubbish it ruined my knifes, left them very sharp but all jagged and chipped think ive put it in the bin. think ive been ripped of
Title: Re: AnySharp Global knife sharpener - beware of fakes
Post by: vindapoo on May 23, 2013, 04:49 PM
I use a spyder sharpmaker, great piece of kit.

http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=77 (http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=77)
Title: Re: AnySharp Global knife sharpener - beware of fakes
Post by: Mattie on December 31, 2014, 01:27 PM
I got stung by buying a fake from Ebay, although it worked pretty well for about 4 months, its knackered now.  Anyway I just brought an Anysharp Pro with a gift box for ?12.95 (Free P&P) from http://www.saverschoiceuk.com/anysharp-pro-gift-pack-the-world-s-best-knife-sharpener-metal.html (http://www.saverschoiceuk.com/anysharp-pro-gift-pack-the-world-s-best-knife-sharpener-metal.html) If anyone is on the lookout for one.
Title: Re: AnySharp Global knife sharpener - beware of fakes
Post by: Peripatetic Phil on December 31, 2014, 01:29 PM
Basic AnySharp (silver) available at Tesco for only £6-00, or was on Christmas Eve ...  Now £8 at Asda (http://direct.asda.com/george/george-home/Anysharp-Knife-Sharpener/001440265,default,pd.html).
** Phil.
Title: Re: AnySharp Global knife sharpener - beware of fakes
Post by: TheCurryBible on April 07, 2015, 03:39 PM
I've also got one of these, but I'm really not sure if it's a real one or a fake one, either way it was terrible. I replaced it with one of this Mino-sharp mini water wheel sharpeners. That was a bit better, but still not great. I finally bit the bullet and bought a couple of proper wet stones, which are a thousand times more effective (fictional statistic btw). Take a bit of getting used to, but definitely result in a much better edge.
Title: Re: AnySharp Global knife sharpener - beware of fakes
Post by: Peripatetic Phil on April 07, 2015, 03:54 PM
I've also got one of these, but I'm really not sure if it's a real one or a fake one, either way it was terrible.
If you have owned a fake (as I have) and you then acquire the real thing (as I also have), there will be absolutely no doubt in your mind that you can tell the difference.  It is rather like (for example) seeing your first Golden Eagle in Scotland, when up until then you had only succeeded in convincing yourself that "that big bird up there" (i.e., a buzzard) /must surely/ be a Golden Eagle; or (if you are more of a oenophile than a bird-watcher) drinking a Chateau Margaux for the first time when up until then the best red you had ever tried was a Mouton Cadet.  When you attempt to sharpen a knife with a fake AnySharp, the blade will glide over the device; when you use a real AnyKnife, you will feel the blade bite instantly, and throughout the pull (provided that you are careful) that tension will be maintained.

** Phil.
Title: Re: AnySharp Global knife sharpener - beware of fakes
Post by: TheCurryBible on April 07, 2015, 04:13 PM
I've also got one of these, but I'm really not sure if it's a real one or a fake one, either way it was terrible.
If you have owned a fake (as I have) and you then acquire the real thing (as I also have), there will be absolutely no doubt in your mind that you can tell the difference.  It is rather like (for example) seeing your first Golden Eagle in Scotland, when up until then you had only succeeded in convincing yourself that "that big bird up there" (i.e., a buzzard) /must surely/ be a Golden Eagle; or (if you are more of a oenophile than a bird-watcher) drinking a Chateau Margaux for the first time when up until then the best red you had ever tried was a Mouton Cadet.  When you attempt to sharpen a knife with a fake AnySharp, the blade will glide over the device; when you use a real AnyKnife, you will feel the blade bite instantly, and throughout the pull (provided that you are careful) that tension will be maintained.

** Phil.

TBH it did feel like the blade was biting, but as I dragged it over the groove it felt like it was really chewing in to the blade and often left the edge quite rough and burred. I've still got it somewhere, but it's relegated to "camping knife" duties.
Title: Re: AnySharp Global knife sharpener - beware of fakes
Post by: Peripatetic Phil on April 07, 2015, 04:39 PM
Ah, then it's possible that you were exerting too much pressure; try again, but next time with only sufficient pressure to cause it to bite lightly ...

** Phil.
Title: Re: AnySharp Global knife sharpener - beware of fakes
Post by: TheCurryBible on April 07, 2015, 04:42 PM
Ah, then it's possible that you were exerting too much pressure; try again, but next time with only sufficient pressure to cause it to bite lightly ...

** Phil.

Quite possibly it was just down to misuse, however since getting the wet stones, I now only need to sharpen the knives once a month or so, as opposed to once a week. I think I'd be very cagey about sharpening my "good" knives with it. I might try it out with the cheaper knives but try to be less aggressive with it. Thanks
Title: Re: AnySharp Global knife sharpener - beware of fakes
Post by: Les on April 07, 2015, 05:48 PM
Yup! Give me a whetstone every time, really good on knives, and excellent for Chinese cleavers. ;D