Chef’sChoice Trizor Knife Sharpener

Last updated date: July 2, 2019

DWYM Score
9.3

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We looked at the top 1 Knife Sharpeners and dug through the reviews from 6 of the most popular review sites including New York Times Wirecutter, Reliable Knife, BestReviews, On The Sharp Side, Cutlery Advisor and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Knife Sharpener you should buy.

Overall Take

This electric sharpener works faster and more efficiently than its manual competitors. It gives knives more "bite," helping it effortlessly slice through tomatoes, onions and carrots. Its convenience and quality are nearly unbeatable. In our analysis of 45 expert reviews, the Chef'sChoice Chef’sChoice Trizor Knife Sharpener placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note August 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Knife Sharpener for a detailed review of all the top knife sharpeners.

Expert Summarized Score
8.9
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
9.2
224 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The Trizor XV brings the metal of the blade to an infinitesimally fine point rather than to the relatively coarse edge that our main pick produces. That means you can chop straight down through, say, onions and carrots rather than stroking through them as with a saw.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Well, it automatically converts any angle blade to an ultra-sharp 15 degree angle blade. It does this while maintaining a decent longevity of the blade by imposing a 3-step bevel, first to approximately 25 degrees, then 22 degrees and finally 15 degrees.
- Reliable Knife
Three-stage sharpening and stropping disks for exceptionally sharp edges.
- BestReviews
It’s versatile, working with many different types of knives, it uses only 100% diamond abrasives, and not only can it reliably put the sharp edge I expect on my knives, it can also repair and restore damaged blades.
- On The Sharp Side
The Trizor XV EdgeSelect (yes, it's a very silly name) has three stages of sharpening which gradually build up a smooth, even, incredibly sharp knife edge that glides right through a ripe tomato and will stay that way longer than blades sharpened by other methods.
- Reviewed
This particular device is actually easy to use, as well as includes easy-to-follow directions. Merely slip the actual chef’s knife with the slot machines 3-5 occasions (for every) as well as you’re carried out.
- Cutlery Advisor
December 25, 2017 | Full review
What experts didn't like
But the Trizor XV is a bit bulky (about the size of a loaf of homemade bread) and heavy, so you’ll need to find space for it under your countertop.
- New York Times Wirecutter
It can also seriously damage a blade if not used properly, and the first stage in particular tends to “eat” a lot metal off the knife, diminishing the life of knives sharpened by this electric knife sharpener.
- Reliable Knife
May not work well with ceramic knives.
- BestReviews
More expensive than other electric sharpeners
- On The Sharp Side
An additional issue at first had been the quantity of period this required in order to hone the chef’s knife.
- Cutlery Advisor
December 25, 2017 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Create an incredibly like-new sharp edge with this electric multi-stage knife sharpener. Safe for use with high-quality knives, the unit can restore a 15-degree edge for Asian-style knives and a 20-degree edge for European- and American-style knives. It can also sharpen fine-edge or serrated blades, sports knives, pocketknives, and Santuko and traditional Japanese-style single-bevel edges, including the thicker Deba-style blades, as well as double-bevel blades. Its three-stage system produces a perfect edge. Precise knife guides automatically position the knife for foolproof operation, while 100-percent diamond abrasives and patented flexible stropping and polishing discs sharpen, hone, and deliver a microscopically polished edge. Other highlights include a simple on/off switch, stabilizing feet, and durable construction. Assembled in the USA, the knife sharpener measures 12 by 6-1/5 by 6-2/5 inches and carries a three-year limited warranty.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Chef’sChoice Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 9.7
Expert Reviews: 5
2. Chef’sChoice Trizor Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 9.3
Expert Reviews: 6
3. Idahone Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 4
4. PriorityChef Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 4
5. Kitchen IQ Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 3
6. LINKYO Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
7. Work Sharp Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 4
8. Brod & Taylor Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 6
9. Wusthof Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 2
10. Warthog V-Sharp Knife Sharpener
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Knife Sharpeners

Cooking at home has a slew of advantages for your waistline and your wallet. Making your own meals is far cheaper than ponying up for restaurant eats on a regular basis. Plus, you might shed some pounds if you’re in control of how much oil and fat you cook with.

However, you’ll need the right tools to mimic the delicious flavors you’d find in your favorite restaurant dishes. Quality knives are part of the foundation for a fully functional kitchen, but they can’t execute perfect slices if you don’t take proper care of them. A knife sharpener is a must-have for home cooks, but there’s some background information you’ll want to know before you pick one.

When you sharpen a knife, you remove minuscule amounts of metal from the knife to create a fresh, sharp blade. Sharpening your knife gives it a crisp edge, but it also wears your knife away since you’re removing material every time you sharpen it.

Keeping your knife’s blade straight is also crucial, and honing your knife in between sharpenings helps the knife last longer and cut more accurately. (Honing is an action that realigns the blade of an already sharp knife.)

There are many different kinds of knife sharpeners, but the most popular types are electric, manual and sharpening steels (also called honing rods). Electric sharpeners typically use a two or three-step process for creating, sharpening and honing your blade. Most electric sharpeners, like the Chef’sChoice Trizor Knife Sharpener, use guides to help you find the perfect angle. This is great for beginners, but more advanced cooks might prefer the manual control that comes with handheld sharpeners, like the Chef’sChoice Pronto Pro.

If you’re using a manual knife sharpener, you’ll place the sharpener on a flat surface and draw your knife through a sharpening slot. Models like PriorityChef’s Knife Sharpener use this design. Handheld sharpeners are less expensive than electric options, and they’re portable for chefs on the go.

Honing rods keep your blade properly aligned for better balance and precision while you slice and dice. They’re also referred to as sharpening steels, but that title is a bit of a misnomer since they don’t actually sharpen your knife. They’re still an essential component of your knife care system. A selection like Idahone’s Sharpening Rod uses a high-grade ceramic to re-align your knife’s edge.

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DYWM Fun Fact

The humble kitchen knife has fascinating, ancient origins. The oldest-known primitive stone tools were called “Oldowan knives” and they first appeared in modern-day Ethiopia about 2.5 million years ago. They were made by cracking rocks against each other to create sharp edges and helped our ancestors carve up horses, wild cattle, ducks and even rhinos.

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The discovery of fire changed the way we made knives, allowing humans to form knives out of other materials other than large rocks. The copper and bronze ages added a tougher edge to kitchen knives, but the advent of iron and steel helped people craft knives that resemble what you’ll find in your kitchen today.

The Knife Sharpener Buying Guide

  • Before you buy, you’ll want to assess how serious you are about home cooking. If you’ve invested in pricey knives and see yourself whipping up new creations every day, a high-end electric sharpener like the Chef’sChoice Trizor Electric Sharpener is worth a look. If you just want to keep your knives sharp for a few casual meals per week, a budget-friendly buy, like PriorityChef’s Knife Sharpener, might be more your speed.
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  • How much counter space do you have available for your knife sharpener? The Chef’sChoice Trizor Sharpener is a full foot long and weighs a hefty five pounds, while the Chef’sChoice ProntoPro is just over nine inches long and only weighs eight ounces.
  • Do you want a sharpener that shapes, sharpens and hones in one unit, or would you prefer a separate honing rod? The Chef’sChoice Trizor takes care of all three steps, while PriorityChef’s manual Knife Sharpener only shapes and sharpens. You’ll want to purchase a separate honing rod, like Idahone’s Fine Ceramic Sharpening Rod, if you purchase a two-step sharpener.   
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  • How much mobility do you need in your knife sharpener? Electric options, like the Chef’sChoice Trizor, sharpen your knives in a snap, but they’re not road-friendly. If you have multiple homes or see yourself cooking on the road, a smaller manual sharpener, like PriorityChef’s Knife Sharpener, will easily fit into most bags.