Chef’s Choice 15 Trizor XV EdgeSelect review
The Chef’s Choice 15 Trizor XV knife sharpener features a 3-stage knife sharpening system with a pretty unique twist. What is it, exactly? 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.
This ensures the knife stays sharper for a longer period of time, a feature many users will grow to appreciate. It also accomplishes this feat by maintaining and even angle throughout all three stages of sharpening, making it very easy to use.
And below, please utilize our interactive table in order to better compare and contrast the Chef’s Choice 15 Trizor XV to the likes of other electric sharpeners, including the Chef’s Choice 130 and the Presto 08810.
|Chef's Choice 250 Diamond||$$|
|Presto 08800 EverSharp||$|
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|Chef’s Choice 130||$$$|
Now, here are some of the more important features of the Trizor XV:
- Puts any style blade into a 15-degree bevel, which is the standard angle used in Japanese style knives.
- Flexible abrasives help prevent damage to the edge during honing.
- Flexible spring guides ensure the proper angle is maintained at all times during sharpening.
- More durable than other Chef’s Choice products, and comes with a 3-year limited warranty.
- At 12x6x6.4 inches it is slightly larger than some other models, but still relatively easy to store.
- Works well with serrated blades, though it does tend to turn them into fine-edged blades over time.
- Weighs approximately five pounds.
Below, please take a moment to view some of the best-selling knife sharpeners currently for sale on Amazon:
|1) Presto 08800|
|2) Chef’s Choice 4643|
|3) Chef's Choice 320|
|4) Presto 08810|
|5) Chef's Choice 250|
How to Use the Sharpener
This unit is simple to use, and comes with easy-to-follow instructions.
Simply slide the knife through the slots 3-5 times (for each) and you’re done. Very dull or very thick knives may take longer, and when converting American or European style blades (which typically have a bevel of 18-22 degrees), the first stage known as the ‘shaping stage’ may have to be repeated a few more times to achieve the desired shape.
After it has been converted though, 3 to 5 times is really all it should take unless the blade is badly damaged.
This unit is useful for a wider variety of blades than other electric sharpeners on the market. It works well with fillet knives, hunting knives and serrated blades, though as stated earlier serrated blades will tend to become fine-edged blades over time. This unit also does a good job of sharpening Japanese style blades, which usually won’t even require the first stage at all.
The edge this unit puts onto a blade is also quite impressive. It is capable of honing an edge to a very sharp point in a relatively short period of time, significantly faster than steel or a stone. The edge also lasts longer due to the multiple angle bevel design.
The Not So Great Aspects of the Trizor XV?
The Trizor XV does a few detracting characteristics, as well.
It isn’t as visually appealing as other sharpeners on the market; though this is compensated for by its ability to be easily stored in a cabinet or drawer when not in use.
It also has a short power cord; meaning free counter space near an electrical outlet or use of an extension cord is required. 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. There are also some durability concerns with this product, though less so than with other Chef’s Choice products, and the 3-year warranty provides some security to the user.
Questions and Answers
In this section, I’ll provide a few key answers to some of the more common questions asked about the Trizor XV.
- Is this sharpener capable of working on a 120v system? Answer: No. The manual states 120v.
- What color is the Trizor XV? Answer: Silver and black, like the Oakland Raiders. But to be more specific, you can purchase this sharpener in Metcal color, as was as Brushed Metal.
- Does this sharpener sharpen ceramic knives? Answer: No, it does not.
Trizor XV vs the Competition
It is difficult to directly compare this sharpener to other sharpeners on the market because it operates somewhat differently, but some comparisons are possible.
Compared with the Chef’s Choice 210, the Trizor XV is much better constructed, and should last longer than its sister product. It also is more versatile, able to sharpen a wider array of knife types than the 210. It is also fully electric, which can help save time when sharpening blades.
The 08810 is also a 3-stage sharpener, but operates at a more traditional European or American angle of between 18-22 degrees, which is fine for most home kitchen use. However, for slicing vegetables or filleting fish, a 15-degree bevel is much better suited. The 08810 is significantly less expensive, but it can’t handle high end Japanese-style blades or fillet knives, and is of limited use with serrated blades.
It also leaves a much to be desired when attempting to sharpen heavy blades, while the Trizor XV is easily capable of shaping and sharpening heavy blades with relative ease.
When compared to more traditional stones or steels, there really is no comparison. No automatic knife sharpener can fully duplicate what an experienced knife sharpener can do with high quality stones, but the reality is most people don’t have those skills. And the amount of time one may save using an electric model is undeniable.
The Trizor XV is very possible the best Chef’s choice knife sharpener on the market. Its ability to transform inexpensive, house knives into razor sharp Japanese style blades is godsend for the average home kitchen chef who may not wish or be able to spend thousands of dollars on quality knives. While they may not be quite as good as the real thing, most home users will never notice the difference. This is also great for fishermen, who can save time sharpening his blade by starting with this excellent unit, and finishing with a stone.
The Chef’s Choice Trizor XV is a great time saving appliance that will make a great addition to any household.
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