The Chef's Choice® Professional Sharpening Station® (Model 130 or M130) is engineered with a unique combination of electric and manual sharpening technology that can sharpen a variety of serrated and straight-edge blades (with double-beveled edges) including European kitchen knives and hunting, fishing and pocket knives. It has three sharpening stages, of which the first and third stages are electric and the second stage is manual. Each stage features different conical disks embedded with a high quality diamond abrasive that create a sharp, durable, arch-shaped edge that resists folding over. The first (and most aggressive) sharpening stage has the disk with the coarsest grit, while the third stage has a patented flexible stropping/polishing disk with a finer grit. The second stage has a small butcher's steel, and, thanks to its diamond coating, it is actually able to sharpen the blade instead of just realigning the edge like most steels. Each sharpening slot is also designed with a spring-loaded knife guide that holds the knife steady and at the correct sharpening angle (20° on each side) to make it fast and easy to restore a sharp edge to your blade in just a couple of strokes. By offering these three different stages, the Chef's Choice® Model 130 allows the user more control over the sharpening process and gives them the ability to customize their edge for different types of food prep (ex. slicing a tomato vs. more fibrous food).
Depending on the finish you choose, the Chef's Choice® M130 Professional Sharpening Station® can be bought online for about $150 - $180.
We give the Chef's Choice® M130 Professional Sharpening Station® an A- because it is a fast, easy and cost-effective way to sharpen a variety of serrated and straight-edge knives with a 20° angle. With electric and manual sharpening stages, the Model 130 provides some of the control offered in a manual sharpener along with the speed and convenience of an electric sharpener. We had to deduct a few points because it is relatively expensive and lacks an aggressive set-up stage to remove notches from damaged or severely dull knives. That said, we highly recommend the Chef’s Choice® Model 130 to anyone looking for a fast, foolproof electric sharpener to use at home.
The Chef's Choice® M130 Professional Sharpening Station® has received great reviews from customers online including a 4.5/5 on Amazon.com (284 reviews). In a November 2006 review of electric sharpeners, Cook's Illustrated gave the Chef's Choice® Model 130 its highest recommendation. Cook's Illustrated testers commented that, "This quiet model is the Rolls-Royce of sharpeners." In his book, Sharpening Made Easy, Steve Bottorff reported that out of the 45 sharpening systems he tested, the Chef's Choice® electric sharpener is best in its class, with the caveat that all electric sharpeners tend to scratch the sides of the blades and detract from their appearance. There were some complaints from customers about scratches on the blades, as well as about the sharpener's cost and its confusing instruction manual. However, the majority of customers have been very happy with the sharpener's performance, ease of use, durability and overall value. Many of these happy customers appreciated the detailed instruction manual and suggested reading it before using the machine to avoid any user errors. If you have European kitchen knives, we highly recommend the Chef's Choice® M130 Professional Sharpening Station® as a fast, easy and economical way to keep your knives razor-sharp.
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