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.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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