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Reviewed: Chef’s Choice 15 Trizor XV EdgeSelect

Chef's Choice Trizor 15

The Trizor from Chef’s Choice is a very capable product.  It’s a 3 stage sharpener that will work with both Western and Japanese knives.  During the sharpening process it creates a triple beveled or “Trizor” edge.  It’s a 15 degree edge that is supposed to be very durable due to it’s specific shape.

While we’re not big fans of electric sharpeners here, if you’re looking for something to put a wicked sharp edge on your blades, the Trizor will do the trick.

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Here’s a video touting the performance of the Trizor

 

Pros:

  • creates a very sharp edge
  • works on Western and Asian-style knives
  • flexible spring guides provided consistent pressure for accurate sharpening across length of blade

Cons:

  • re-profiles knives from current angle to 15 degrees
  • removes a good amount of material during initial sharpening
  • difficult to use with smaller knives

Final Verdict:

As with most electric models (excluding the Smith’s Adjustable) the Trizor re-profiles knives to a new angle.  This model uses 15 degrees.  And while that is REALLY sharp, some blades aren’t designed for that low of an angle.  This causes the edge to wear out more frequently.  It is ideal for Eastern or Japanese knives as they use a harder steel.  But Western knives use a softer steel and an angle closer to 22-24 degrees.

The only other caveat is that it’s difficult to use on smaller blades such as with a paring knife.  You’ll end up missing the first 1/2″ or so of the blade.  This is true to a certain extent on many electric sharpening systems on the market today.

That being said, if you don’t mind touching up your blades a bit more frequently this is a great tool to keep in your kitchen.  It’s fast and efficient.  It also scored the #3 position in our best home knife sharpener competition.

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Here are a few other options in this category and price range.

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Stages
Angle
Abrasive
Price
Our Rating
Smith's Adjustable Edge Pro
2
10 to 30 Degrees
Diamond & Ceramic
$$$$
4.3 out of 5
Chef's Choice Angle Select
3
15 or 20 Degrees
Diamond & Strop-Like
$$$$
4.3 out of 5
Chef'sChoice Trizor EdgeSelect
3
15 Degrees
Diamond & Strop-Like
$$$$
4.2 out of 5

Specifications:

This product is created to sharpen European-, Asian-, and American-style knives. It measures about 12″x6.2″x6.4″ and weighs a mere 5lbs. Created with Edge Select technology, it is able to convert a 20-degree factory edge into a “Trizor” 15-degree edge for maximum performance with ease.  The product is backed with a 3-year limited warranty.

Performance:

A stable triple bevel or “Trizor” is used to create the sharp edges. It is a simple three-stage process. In Stage 1, conical disks with diamond abrasives create micro-scratches and the initial bevel for an arched wedge. Stage 2 uses finer abrasives to shape the next, smaller bevel with much finer micro-grooves. Stage 3 creates the final smooth, beveled edge using the stropping disk technology that keeps the knife straight while sharpening its teeth for swift cutting with little difficulty.

While the three-step sharpening process does produce a remarkably sharp edge, there were some concerns over the amount of metal that is removed. This can be attributed to the initial realignment of the angle of the blade to match that of the sharpening wheels.  But this only happens the FIRST time you use it.

Another concern initially was the amount of time it took to sharpen a knife.  Again, much of this was due to the fact that the blade had to be realigned.  Once this was done, resharpening was very quick and efficient.  One word of advice.  Read the instructions before starting.  They are VERY simple, but specific.

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About Chef’s Choice:

EdgeCraft Co. has been known for creating small appliances using superior technology since 1984. Its Chef’s Choice brand was created in 1985. Based in Avondale, PA, the Chef’s Choice knife sharpener line has become widely known in over 70 countries. These small appliances are unmatched when it comes to quality, durability, and technology. The 15 Trizor XV EdgeSelect Electric is no exception.