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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Let’s Talk Knives, Take Two {+ a Giveaway!}

Remember my big long knife post when I rambled on and on about knives and it was awesome? Well, I have a quick update…and a giveaway! Woo-hoo!

First off, if you haven’t read the first knife post, please do! In that post, one of the things I mention is getting your knives professionally sharpened regularly unless you really know what you’re doing (which I didn’t). WELLLLLL…KitchenIQâ„¢ recently sent me their Manual Adjustable Sharpener. I love this thing. You can adjust the angle of the sharpener so that you know you are properly sharpening your knife’s edge to the original factory angle. It was time for my knives to be sharpened again – I used this sharpener and it was fabulous. I even used the serrated slot for my serrated knife, which in all honesty made me totally nervous…but my serrated knife is cutting better than it has in ages! Another thing I love is the non-stick base…the sharpener does not move when I am using it.

The “fine” slot is for honing and makes that task easy and quick…and again, you can set the angle to where it should be, so you know your knife is being properly honed. Now that I have this sharpener, I’ve been much more consistent with honing my knives before every use, which makes my knives very happy. (See my original knife post to read more about the difference between sharpening and honing.)

I stand by the statement in my original knife post that you should get your knives sharpened regularly (how often you use your knife will determine how often you need to sharpen your knives). BUT I now feel comfortable doing it myself! Yippee! Here’s to happy, healthy knives in the comfort of my own home!

As you know, I like to share the love, so we are giving away an KitchenIQ Manual Adjustable Sharpener ($39.95) available exclusively at Williams Sonoma, along with the Yellow Fine Grater ($16.99), available on Amazon. (Prize must be shipped within the U.S.) P.S. The grater is cool, too! It’s nice and wide, which makes for easy chocolate and cheese grating.

Here’s how to enter!

You must leave separate comments to get the extra entries. All comments must be added before Midnight PT on Wednesday, May 9.
Good luck with the giveaway!
(KitchenIQ provided me with a sharpener and a zester. All opinions are my own.)


  1. 1

    Sounds like a great shapener! My knives have gotten really dull- I think
    I’ll take your advice and bring them somewhere to be professionally sharpened. Wow, that just reminded me of this little trolly that used to come around our neighborhood when I was younger. my mom would hear the bell ring and gather up a few knives to bring out to the man and he would sharpen them for her!

  2. 2
    amy marantino

    i would love to win this prize. thanks for the chance.

  3. 3
    Sarah H.

    I have no idea where to get my knives sharpened!

  4. Nice looking sharpener.

  5. It’s shameful that my knives are so dull.

  6. 6

    my hubby is always looking out for me and keeping the knives sharp…. he would love this sharpener!

  7. My knives desperately need sharpening, but I’m too lazy to take them anywhere to get them sharpened! I would love to have this at home!

  8. 8
    Molly C.

    I must admit, I rarely sharpen my knives. I have been meaning to take my chef’s knife down to the local sharpener, but this little gadget would be so much easier!

  9. 9
    Christy M

    I get my knives sharpened professionally and I almost weep about how sharp they are when they get back. You don’t even realize how dull they’ve gotten, even with honing regularly!

  10. 10

    Sounds very neat — my knives need sharpening!

  11. 11

    I really do need to sharpen my knives. It would make my dad so proud.

  12. 12

    Great giveaway…I could use these!!

  13. 13

    I follow This Week For Dinner on facebook.

  14. 14

    I follow Edgeware on facebook.

  15. 15

    I am so overdue to have our knives professionally sharpened. I need to motivate in that this week.

  16. 16

    Wow, my knives really need to be sharpened!

  17. 17
    Daija H.

    I’m embarrassed to say I’ve never had my knives sharpened and I know they are pretty dull. I would definitely use a sharpener!

  18. 18
    Daija H.

    I liked edgeware on Facebook.

  19. 19
    Daija H.

    I liked This Week for Dinner on Facebook.

  20. 20
    Liz Brown

    This issomething I could really use! I’m horrible at sharpening knives…and I’m probably doing it wrong too, even after reading your first knife post!

  21. 21
    Liz Brown

    I liked Edgeware on FB!

  22. I’ve been wanting something like this to keep my knives in good working order. A sharp knife makes such a huge difference!

  23. 23
    Liz Brown

    I already like you on Facebook! 🙂

  24. 25

    I need a knife sharpener so badly!! This would be the BEST gift – to myself!!

  25. 26

    Ooooh, a knife sharpener…one of those things you think you should have but never seem to buy.

  26. 27

    Wow! Looks great! My knives definitely need to get sharpened! I’m down to just using one, and my favorite small chef’s knife has been retired until I get it sharpened.

  27. 28

    My knives haven’t been sharpened in 8 years!

  28. 29

    My knives are dull and dangerous. I would love to win this.

  29. 30

    My knives have never been sharpened. I dont even know where to go!

  30. 31

    Awesome kitchen tools, would love them!

  31. 32

    Ugh! It makes me cringe when I think how long it’s been since I’ve sharpened my knives! As much as I love to use them, you think I would take better care of them.

  32. 33

    I “like” TWFD on Facebook

  33. 34

    The state of my knives is deplorable right now. Ugh.

  34. 35

    I “like” EdgeWare on Facebook

  35. 36

    How nifty! I want one!

  36. 37

    I love the zester!!!

  37. 38
    Sue McRae

    The knife sharpener looks so cool!

  38. That zester looks fabulous! And I would love to win a “no foolin'” knife sharpener! Thanks for the chance

  39. 40
    Casey B.

    This looks awesome!

  40. 41
    Jess S

    We don’t even have a sharpener right now so this would be great!

  41. 42
    Natalie Adams

    This would be awesome!

  42. 43
    Natalie Adams

    I liked edge ware on fb.

  43. 44
    Natalie Adams

    And now I like this week for dinner on fb. Yay!

  44. ugh I have never sharpened my knives and I use them daily. oppppps. need to get on this 🙂

  45. 46

    I could really use a knife sharpener! Thanks for the good advice!

  46. 47

    I’ve been meaning to buy a sharpener. All my knives are so dull and I have no idea where to take them to sharpen.

  47. 48

    Would love to win this! Thanks

  48. I never sharpen my knives so I hope I win!

  49. 50
    Elizabeth H.

    This is definitely a cool sharpner! I never get my knives sharp enough with my current little sharpner.

  50. This would be a great addition to my kitchen! 🙂

  51. 52

    Wow, my husband would love the knife sharpener! And for me the zester would come in really handy 🙂

  52. 53
    Jessica Hansen

    Ive always been jealous of your knives, Jane.
    I would totally share this gift with all my friends and neighbors. . . For a small fee of course.

  53. 54
    Christopher Sorel

    Looks like a great sharpener

  54. 55
    Christopher Sorel

    “like” Edgeware on Facebook

  55. 56
    Christopher Sorel

    like This Week for Dinner on Facebook.

  56. 57

    my roommate and i were JUST talking about needing to get our knives sharpened. this would be awesome!!

  57. 58

    nice informative article.

  58. 59

    Liked this week for diner

  59. 60

    liked edgeware

  60. 61

    I haven’t sharpened my knives in since my wedding…10 years ago… I’m terrified of it…but seriously my knives can barely cut a tomato. Shameful…

  61. 62
    Vicki Tunell

    I am so bad about sharpening my knives, I would love to win this giveaway!!!

  62. 63
    Vicki Tunell

    I liked Edgeware on Facebook

  63. 64
    Vicki Tunell

    I liked This Week For Dinner on Facebook

  64. 65

    Great giveaway!!! This would be perfect for me to set up for my cooking classes. Everyone could sharpen their knives before class!

  65. 66

    I liked Edgeware on FB.

  66. 67

    I liked TWFD on FB.

  67. 68
    Patty B

    Cool! My knives need sharpened…

  68. 69
    Ada Reid-Watson

    I love prizes!

  69. 70

    I need some knives!

  70. 71

    I know I need to get my knives sharpened but life has been crazy…military husband…4 moves in 3 years…2 new babies. This would be awesome! Thanks for sharing.

  71. 72
    Sarah E

    I need to get my knives sharpened ASAP. They are…bad

  72. 73

    Knife sharpening has always frightened me, so this is great!

  73. 74
    Connie Bolick Lee

    I sure do need a good knife sharpener!

  74. 75
    Connie Bolick Lee

    I like Edgeware on facebook

  75. 76
    Connie Bolick Lee

    I like This Week For Dinner on facebook

  76. 77

    I’m nervous about sharpening my knives too. My husband will do it for me, but inevitably he’s not around when I notice it needs to be done. I’d love this tool so I could be confident in doing this little chore myself.

  77. 78
    MommaMary (Mary Cochrane)

    I would like to try this product. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  78. 79
    MommaMary (Mary Cochrane)

    I like Edgeware on Facebook.

  79. 80
    MommaMary (Mary Cochrane)

    I like This Week for Dinner on Facebook.

  80. 81

    What a handy little tool too keep those oh so needed knives sharp.

  81. 82
    Robin M

    This is a great giveaway! My Knives are in great need. Thanks for the chance.

  82. 83
    Robin M

    I like this week for dinner on facebook.

  83. 84
    Robin M

    I like Edgeware on facebook.

  84. 85
    Lindsey Dean

    I have really great knives….. they just need to be sharpened!!!!!

  85. 86
    Lindsey Dean

    I like this week for dinner on FB.

  86. 87
    Lindsey Dean

    I like edgewear on FB

  87. 88

    Wow, that looks like a cool sharpener.

  88. 89
    Jess K

    Oh I would love to win this. I have thought about getting my knives sharpened professionally, but I can’t find anywhere around here to do it. Ugh. My husband is great at honing the knives every time we use them. That does help, but our knives are now 10 years old. At least, since this is our 10th anniversary. Who knows when they were actually made! Thanks for the chance to win this.

  89. 90
    Jess K

    I like this week for dinner on FB.

  90. 91
    Jess K

    I like Edgewear on FB.

  91. 92

    Oh wow, this sharpener looks wonderful. Thank you for this wonderful blog post and giveaway.

    Thank you!!!

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

  92. 93

    I follow Edgeware on facebook. Love them1!!

    Thank you

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

  93. 94

    I liked This Week for Dinner.

    Thank you –

    sandyb720 at gmail dot com

  94. 95

    I can’t cut a tomato with my current knives… this sounds awesome!

  95. 96

    The only knives that get sharpened in my kitchen are my Pampered Chef Knives that have a sharpener built onto the case! Thanks for a chance to win.

  96. 97

    I liked you on facebook!

  97. 98

    I liked Edgeware on FB!

  98. 99
    Jen W.

    I’d love a better way to sharpen my knives!

  99. 100
    Jen W.

    I like Edgeware on Facebook!

  100. 101

    This would be nice to have.

  101. 102

    This my take away my fear of sharpening my own knives.

  102. 103

    Woo Hoo! 🙂

  103. 104

    My knives are in desperate need of sharpening.

  104. 105

    I’ll grate chocolate over every meal:)

  105. 106
    Judi Burkhalter

    My husband used to sharpen the knives for me, but now I only have knives, no husband, so I could use that sharpener!

  106. I just got a new set of Wusthof knives. They are wonderful and it would be great to keep them sharp!

  107. 108

    Oooh, we could so use one of those. Crossing my fingers!

  108. 109

    I *like* you on FB, Jane. 🙂

  109. 110

    It would be cool to win this

  110. 111

    That sharpener looks amazing. My knives could definitely benefit from that! As for the zester… It would be a welcome addition to my kitchen. Right now I use the cheese grater for zesting… It just isn’t the same though.

  111. 112
    Jessie C.

    I’d love to have this set.

  112. 113
    Heather K Miller

    I just got my first good knife and I can’t believe what a difference it makes! I would love a sharpener for if!

  113. 114

    I need this so bad!

  114. 115
    Melissa M

    My husband is a freak about sharpening our knives, maybe now he could do it correctly?

  115. 116

    Thanks for the helpful tips on all subjects

  116. 117

    My knives are so dull! I keep having to steal my moms sharpener.

  117. 118

    I liked edgewear

  118. 119

    I liked your page on fb too!

  119. 120

    Great giveaway. 🙂

  120. 121

    And I just liked you on Facebook.

  121. 122

    Would love some new knives.

  122. 123
    Kim 2

    There is nothing better than a freshly sharpened knife!

  123. 124
    NY Baker

    What a great addition to my kitchen collection! At least my knives will be sharp, even if I’m not all the time…

  124. 125

    Nice! This looks like a great product!

  125. 126

    You have no idea how excited I would be to win this!! I don’t know how to sharpen my knives and they need it so badly and I can’t afford new knives. I would LOVE to win this!! The zester would be a cool bonus! Thank you for the giveaway and the chance to enter.

  126. 127

    I “LIKE” you on Facebook for a second entry 😉 and cause your so nice!

  127. 128

    I “liked” Edgeware on Facebook for another entry!

  128. 129

    Great giveaway!

  129. Great giveaway! Liked both on Facebook. Love a good knife!

  130. 131

    Oh, I so hope I win it!

  131. 132

    I’ve been wanting a knife sharpener!

  132. 133

    I liked you on facebook

  133. 134

    Would love to have these!

  134. 135

    “liked” Edgeware on Facebook.

  135. 136

    “like” This Week for Dinner on Facebook.

  136. 137

    I agree, a sharp knife is a MUST in the kitchen. Mine are so bad right now they are dangerous!

  137. 138

    Pick me! Pick me!

  138. 139
    Barb B.

    I want this set and now I’m anxious to check out your page!

  139. 140
    Marie W

    Great giveaway!! Maybe a lucky Mother Day surprise???

  140. 141

    These would be wonderful tools to have in my kitchen!

  141. 142

    I follow Edgeware on facebook.

  142. 143

    I am following you on facebook also (Rust Hawk).

  143. 144

    Is a person more likely to cut themselves with a sharp knife or a dull knife? Because I know I’ve done it with both! Thanks for the giveaway!

  144. 145
    Susan D.

    Hope I’m not too late to throw my name into the hat!!

  145. 146
    Susan D.

    I like TWFD on FB!

  146. 147

    That’s pretty cool. Thanks for the giveaway!

  147. 148
    Lynn BB

    I think cooking got much more enjoyable when I finally got a set of good knives.

  148. 149
    Nancy from Mass

    What lovely gifts to win!

  149. 150

    I was just thinking I need to sharpen my knives!

  150. 151

    I’d LOVE to win this grater! I have one but it is narrow.

  151. 152

    Sharpening knives always makes me nervous. This would be great to have.

  152. 153

    I am still afraid to sharpen my knives. They were to expensive to mess up.

  153. 154

    Sharpening knives is a scary proposition for me. The most I really ever use is a sharpening steel. It really isn’t the same as a good sharpener.

  154. 155
    Jenny Dill

    I agree with you. Sharpening knives is one of those things that makes me nervous. It would be totally AWESOME to have a cool tool that takes the nervousness out of the equation.

  155. 156

    Great blog! Just took my knives in to be professionally sharpened, but would love this sharpener for next time!

  156. 157

    Oh, that looks awesome! The sharpener I have is not nearly as sophisticated. And everyone can use a grater!

  157. 158

    This would really come in handy.

  158. 159

    It looks like a great thing to have.

  159. 160

    I liked Edgeware on facebook.

  160. 161

    I liked you on facebook.

  161. 162
    Natalie J Vandenberghe

    Fabulous prize–thanks for the giveaway!

  162. 163
    Natalie J Vandenberghe

    I like EdgeWare on Facebook

  163. 164
    Natalie J Vandenberghe

    I like you on Facebook

  164. 165
    Emily Jones

    That’s awesome, hope I win!

  165. 166
    Alie O.

    I would LOVE the knife sharpener!

  166. 167
    Janna P

    Oh goodness… this sharpener would be fabulous. Our knives were our wedding gift from 10 YEARS AGO and we have not sharpened them…not even once! Yikes. We plan on buying new knives but have been waiting around until we purchase a sharpener!

  167. We have beautiful knives, but they are definitely in need of a god sharpening. We bought them from a local Ohio company and they sharpen them for free, but driving the hour to get there doesn’t happen with two little boys running around.

  168. 169

    What a great way to sharpen knives! I have never done it before because I don’t know how to sharpen properly. This would solve my problem!

  169. Ooh! I think I would actually sharpen my knives on a regular basis with a neat, little gadget like that!

  170. 171

    My knives are always dull. I never learned how to sharpen properly. Great gadget.

    Like EdgeWare on FB

  171. 172

    Sharp knives make cooking a pleasure.

  172. 173

    i’d love to win this!

  173. 174

    i like edgeware on facebook

  174. 175

    i like this week for dinner on facebook

  175. 176

    Great sharpener…and my knives could definitely use some sharpening!

  176. 177

    I like this week for dinner on facebook.

  177. 178
    Christin Attebury

    That would be so nice to have! My knives are always so dull and I have no idea what I’m doing. I need to go read the other post now.

  178. 179

    I have been looking for a knife sharpener but didn’t know too much about them.

  179. 180
    Megan Flowers

    I’m embarrassed to say when the last time my knives were properly sharpened.

  180. 181

    i never sharpen my knives because i’m way to scared to mess them up. it would be nice to have a way to do it in a way where i could be certain not to mess it up!

  181. 182

    i am a fan of “this week for dinner” on facebook…

  182. 183
    Drena Paulson

    I am a fan of “this week for dinner” and Edgeware also.
    Would love the sharpener too

  183. 184
    Stephanie P.

    Wow, I’ve never seen a sharpener with an angle adjust–nice! And–Wednesday happens to be my birthday! 🙂

  184. 185

    I do love a sharp knife…

  185. 186

    I just watched the video on honing your knife. I feel so enlightened! And a tad guilty for my poor knives.

  186. 187
    Diana J.


  187. 188

    Great giveaway-thanks!

  188. 189

    I want them!

  189. 190

    Like them on Facebook

  190. 191

    Great giveaway!!

  191. 192
    Leanna H

    I just got a nice knife set for my birthday and could really use these prizes.

  192. 193
    Leanna H

    I like EdgeWare on Facebook!

  193. 194
    Leanna H

    I like This Week for Dinner on Facebook!

  194. i’m terrified to sharpen knives…that’s my husband’s job. but this tool looks cool!

  195. i’m a facebook fan of your blog.

  196. i’m a facebook fan of edgeware.

  197. 198

    This is awesome!

  198. 199

    I had completely forgot to get my knives done in the last year. My dad sharpens them for my by his stuff in still packed for their move 2 years ago.

  199. 200

    Would love to win this!

  200. 201

    So Cool! We are terrible about sharpening our knives… sound like this would make the task a breeze!

  201. 202
    Happy =)

    I have never had my knives professionally done! Hubby does the sharpening… but, they never seem to do a great job. Thought it was just me… But, then we received this knife (I think it’s called Chicago Cutlery) And, that baby cuts everything! Tomatoes… like nothing! When I am slicing & dicing that is my go to!

  202. 203
    Lynette Staszko

    I just never thought about having my knives professionally sharpened. Then again, I grew up with cheap knives that we used for pretty much anything. I received my first “quality” knife for Christmas. Wow, what a difference!

    Great blog! Well written, and very interesting. Thanks!

  203. 204

    Having sharp knives makes a world of difference in the kitchen!! I am always amazed at how much easier it is to slice and dice!!

  204. 205
    Annie W

    never had a knife sharpener but I love any kitchen gadget I can get my hands on!

  205. 206

    Oh how I would love this sharpener. I have some really great knives and this would help me keep them in great shape.

  206. The hubs and I were looking at different sharpeners,but haven’t picked one yet, this one looks awesome!

  207. I “like” Edgeware on Facebook

  208. I “like” This Week for Dinner on Facebook

  209. 210
    Amy L

    My husband would LOVE this sharpener!

  210. love you site, keep up the good work.

  211. 212

    You’re so right about regularly sharpening your knives! Thanks for having the giveaway.

  212. 213
    Happy =)

    Oops, forgot… Then a couple months ago I, received these little pink & black pairing knives from Sur La Table (my grandmother saw them on sale & thought they were soo cute!). It was a sm pairing knife, sm serrated knife & this big spatula knife by Khun Rikon (I don’t see the set but they have individual ones ($10-$20). Let me warn you they are SUPER sharp! I just touched one (wanted to see the difference) & it cut my finger! Hubby was cutting with them just last night (he has never used them) & almost cut his finger! He is used to the old knives. So, I now use these pretty pink knives or my Chicago cutlery santoku knife. (I think I saw them in walmart a couple weeks ago… so they can’t be that expensive). But, knowing I could get all my knives like that! YEAH!

  213. 214
    Rose Marie Green

    Oooo! Knives! I need some knives. I’m getting my first apartment next month and starting my kitchen. Can’t wait. 🙂

  214. 215

    Great giveaway! That sharpener would get sooooo much use here & as much as I love my Microplane, a wider grater would be helpful, especially for chocolate. 🙂

  215. 216

    Oh my husband wOuld be over the moon with something like this!

  216. 217
    Laura P.

    Great giveaway!!

  217. 218
    Laura P.

    I like This Week for Dinner on facebook:)

  218. 219

    I LOVE that there is a serrated knife option, our steak knives are serrated and I felt like I was going to have to have them professionally sharpened because of it!

  219. 220

    I “like” Edgeware on Facebook.

  220. 221

    I “like” This Week for Dinner on Facebook.

  221. 222

    Those look great!

  222. 223

    That sharpener looks fantastic! We have one but it’s difficult to use (I make my husband sharpen the knives because I can’t do it) so I’d love to have one that I can use too!

  223. 224

    Dull knives take the joy out of cooking, these look great!

  224. 225

    I “like” This Week for Dinner on FB!

  225. 226

    I “like” Edgeware on Facebook

  226. 227
    Danielle T

    love this sharpener!

  227. 228

    I take my knives to JoAnn Fabrics when they have a professional knife sharpener there:) I hate dull knives!

  228. 229

    I “like” you on FB (Svetlana Watkins).

  229. 230

    I “like” Edgeware on FB (Svetlana Watkins).

  230. 231
    Debbie R.

    Thanks so much for the great giveaway. Been looking into buying a knife sharpener and Edgeware is at the top of my list!

  231. 232
    Debbie R.

    I like Edgeware on FB!

  232. 233
    Debbie R.

    I like This Week for Dinner on FB!

  233. 234

    I have needed to sharpen my knives for some time.

  234. 235

    My knives are so dull. This looks amazing.

  235. 236

    Liked edgeware

  236. 237

    Liked this week for dinner, too!

  237. 238

    I have a lot to learn about knife sharpening!

  238. 239

    Wow, what a great giveaway! I always have to depend on my husband to help with the knife sharpening, it would be nice to do it by myself! 🙂

  239. 240

    I have had my knives professional sharpened and what a difference it makes! Cooking really becomes so much easier (though a little dangerous on the fingers if not careful!)

  240. 241

    good advice

  241. 242

    That looks awesome!

  242. 243

    I “liked” This Week For Dinner on FB… Can’t believe I hadn’t already done that ages ago 🙂

  243. 244

    would love the sharpener… haven’t ever sharpened my knives…

  244. 245

    I’ve definitely been missing the boat on this knife sharpening gig. Thanks for the information!

  245. 246

    I need this! Crossing my fingers and toes! Thanks so much!

  246. 247

    Oh my, this looks amazing! I love it already! Seems much safer than the stick sharpening tool that came with my knives!!!

  247. 248

    This is a must have for me:)

  248. 249
    Stacey Thomas

    If I win this, It will give me a great excuse to buy a set of new knives!!! hehe 🙂

  249. 250

    This sounds so neat!

  250. Thanks for the giveaway!

  251. 252

    My knives are so dull…I could really use that knife sharpener!

  252. 253

    Your menus make my life so much easier!

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