I volunteered to review the Razor Red Knife Sharpener as it immediately grabbed my interested. I am always cooking, have good quality gadgets but what lets me down are my knives. I have a lovely set, plus a few individual ones for special purposes, but much to my Mum's surprise (she used to teach "Domestic Science" and is an excellent cook) I have never mastered the art of sharpening.
So what IS Razor Red?
In their own words...
I recently bought an expensive knife sharpener, but it doesn't fix to the table and it struck me as slightly dangerous. As my husband would tell you, I am almost farcically accident prone.... so I haven't used it. It also did not sharpen serrated knives, which is crucial for me. Old knives are actually really difficult to dispose of too! So I was keen to give Razor Red a try.
You can see their video on YouTube here.
My experience with Razor Red
The first one which was delivered was broken, and my initial response was that it looked rather flimsy which concerned me. Safety is a key issue for us, particularly as the children are increasingly keen to cook. But their Customer Service was excellent, a replacement was sent out immediately.
I tried the second one and whilst I still feel it is unfortunate the casing is poor quality plastic I was surprisingly impressed with the results!
The instructions (2) were clear and simple. No chance of errors.
I selected two knives I hoped to sharpen, one a favourite bread knife of mine I haven't been able to use for some time because it is too blunt.
Sharp knives are absolutely essential, recipes like my sausage roll recipe would be ruined if I used a blunt knife as the roll would be crushed when I tried to cut through.
I positioned the sharpener on two surfaces and followed the instructions, pushing down the level to secure the suction cup. It definitely worked better on my granite worktop but initially stuck firm on the wooden table too.
The top of the "Razor Red" sharpener is clearly marked to ensure you move the knife the right way down the sharpener.
The best bit is that your hands are NOWHERE NEAR the knife at any point. You just stroke it through a few times!
My favourite bread knife had indeed been successfully sharpened - I could tell when cutting but obviously I didn't feel to test it!
There is currently a bonus offer when you purchase Razor Red too, offering :-
- Advice on buying the right knife for the job
- Advice on How to Protect your Knives so they last
- How to prevent the spread of food poisoning from your kitchen knives
- How sharpening really works - and how to keep your knives stay sharp.
I was actually really, really impressed. I think the casing needs improving, and it was this which was broken initially. It is not a high price for a good knife sharpener, but it's pretty steep for something flimsy looking. And that's the key word here - flimsy looking - because it isn't flimsy at all and works really well. Razor Red currently have a discount offer on their site so check it out - it makes an excellent, handy little gadget and a worthwhile addition to your kitchen.