Edited by Burt Wolf, Emily Aronson, and Florence Fabricant
Featuring the following products:
- Chef'sChoice® EdgeSelect® Diamond Hone® Electric Knife Sharpener, Model 120
- Chef'sChoice® Serrated Blade Diamond Hone™ Knife Sharpener, Model 430
- Chef'sChoice® Trizor® Professional 10X Boning Knife
- Chef'sChoice® Professional Electric Food Slicer, Model 640
- Chef'sChoice® WafflePro®, Model 830
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Chef'sChoice® Edgeselect Diamond Hone™ Model 120:
"In its instructions, the manufacturer of this electric knife sharpener creates the impression that it will put the professional knife-sharpening trade out of business with this do-all device. This sharpener does offer a lot: three slots sharpen, strop, and polish straight-edge and serrated blades. A light touch, together with two swipes-one to favor each side-is recommended for straight blades, while single-sided beveled blades-like bread, tomato and Japanese knives-are best drawn through once along their beveled side. As with every sharpener, a slow, steady draw along these diamond-coated disks does the trick.
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Chef'sChoice® Serrated Blade Diamond Hone™ Model 430:
"This is a terrific contraption to sharpen tomato, bread, and every other serrated knife blade. We think it's foolproof--all you do is draw the knife through its two diamond abrasives, which are not only set at the correct sharpening angle, but also dovetailed so that every facet, hollow, and point of a knife comes into contact for realignment and sharpening. Although fine-quality serrated knives are generally beveled on one side, this hone's dovetailing detail means that it can be used by both right- and left-handers with equal ease and sharp results."
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Chef'sChoice® Trizor® Professional 10X Boning Knife:
"This nearly rigid, 5 1/2"-long boning knife blade, is, perhaps, the narrowest one we've seen. Many butchers like its 5/8" depth. In fact, they will grind off some of the edge of a broader blade to achieve that slight profile; they say the narrowness enhances dexterity and speeds up their cutting pace."
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Chef'sChoice® Professional Electric Food Slicer Model 640:
"This handsome model, made of aluminum and stainless steel, cuts everything from a loaf of extra-large thick-crusted country bread to a bushel of cucumbers. Slices range from paper-thin to 3/4" thick. The dial for adjusting the thickness of slices is numbered so you can be consistent every time. The dial for adjusting the thickness of slices is numbered so you can be consistent every time. You'll soon learn that number 1 is perfect for rare roast beef while number 11 yields 1/2" thick slices of rye bread. Exceptionally quiet operation and a large carriage that can hold a huge block of cheese are among its pluses. But perhaps its best attribute is its multiple safety features: there's an on-off switch that permits operation but doesn't start the 7" diameter blade turning; the blade doesn't rotate until you exert pressure on the back of the food carriage; and if you use your other hand to push the food, there are no idle fingers to accidentally come in contact with the blade. It takes a bit of practice to learn to work with both hands, but you'll find that you approach this machine with less fear than other electric food slicers. The manufacturer includes a small stainless steel tray to catch slices as you work. An optional ham-slicing blade with a nonserrated edge, for which you can also purchase a sharpening attachment, shaves prosciutto into translucent slices. As the unit is 15" long, 12" wide, and 10" high, you'll need to dedicate a fair amount of counterspace to it."
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Chef'sChoice® WafflePro® Model 830:
"The manufacturer of this model established a reputation for excellence in knife-sharpening machines and maintains it in every product it brings to market. This machine makes traditional thin 7"-wide waffles that you can customize to your personal preference. By flicking a switch, you can instruct the WafflePro® to bake waffles with a crisp exterior and moist interior or ones that are crunchy throughout. You also have a choice of 6 settings for crust color. Trust us, whatever selections you make, this machine delivers. In addition to a nonstick cooking surface, and a chime that lets you know when it's preheated and then when your waffle's done, it has a place to wrap the cord in the base and can stand on its end for storage. Don't limit your waffle repertoire to the familiar plain favorites. Try baking up the crunchy cornmeal or fudgy brownie varieties from the owner's manual."
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