The Sog knife sharpener is cheap but is it any good?
Sog knife sharpeners are dinky little benchtop sharpeners. They are inexpensive, easy to store and easy to use. But are Sog knife sharpeners any good?
Specifically the Sog knife sharpener is called the “SOG SH-02 Countertop Sharpener“. It’s made by a company known for making some of the best quality knives in the world.
Sog knives are used by organisations such as law enforcement and armed forces, so there’s no doubt about the quality of their products. But does this quality extend to their knife sharpener?
The Sog knife sharpener is very easy to use. Unlike some benchtop knife sharpeners which move around when you try and use them the Sog SH-02 knife sharpener has an effective suction cup base which allows it to attach to a solid surface.
This means that the sharpener will stay put without the necessity for you to hold it in place, provided you’ve attached it to a sufficiently solid surface. It may help to add a little water just to help the suction. Attaching the knife sharpener to surfaces simple by use of the quick release lever on the front of the appliance.
The sharpening surfaces are simple but effective, utilising, as is the case with many knife sharpeners, 2 surfaces set in a “V”. The sharpening surfaces are carbide, which is an effective abrasive material for knife sharpening.
Using the Sog SH-02 Countertop Sharpener
Use of the SOG SH-02 Countertop Sharpener is simple. Simply attach it to the bench and draw the knife through the sharpening surfaces towards yourself. Don’t push.
That’s it. According to Sog do that 4 or 5 times and you’re done.
Lets look at some of the opinions of users, which are of course always the best guide.
One major consideration that is pointed out by users is that the Sog knife sharpener removes quite a bit of metal from your blade when used. In fact this is quite visible in video demonstrations of the Sog SH-02. You can see metal falling from the blades with each pull of the knife.
This doesn’t mean it’s a bad sharpener, in fact it’s clearly evidence that the sharpener is doing it’s job removing metal, because without removing metal it won’t sharpen.
But it is important to remember that if you’re using the sharpener regularly you are slowly wearing down your knife blade.
Of course as we’ve pointed out, it’s not necessary to sharpen your knife all the time, 2 or 3 times a year is probably quite sufficient, provided you have a honing steel to keep that edge straight. So if you’re planning on buying the Sog knife sharpener we suggest you also invest in a steel to avoid the necessity of using the sharpener too often.
General opinions are that the sharpener will give you a good edge, but not as good as the edge you will get by taking a little more time and putting in a little more effort to sharpen with a wet stone. That though is common to many cheaper commercial sharpeners including electric knife sharpeners.
However many people are unwilling to spend the time to learn how to use a good wet stone, and for them the Sog sharpener will do the job sufficiently well to keep them happy.
Ease of use is also important. The sharpener is small, easy to store, easy to pull out and attach to the bench and easy to use. More complex sharpening systems often require more effort, and for that reason can be left in the cupboard.
And at under $20 you can’t complain about the price, though you will need to buy another one when the blades wear out, you can’t buy replacement blades.
Overall an effective, cheap and simple knife sharpener that will get the job done for people who are not prepared to invest the time and effort into using a stone. Used too often the Sog knife sharpener will gradually wear down your blade, but then everyone has to replace their knives from time to time.
One comment worth repeating, when beginning to use the sharpener just check that the suction cup has done it’s job properly and the sharpener is attached to the bench well. Otherwise you might run the risk of injury.
Recommended for anyone looking for a cheap and effective knife sharpener.
Here’s 2 videos showing you a user demonstration of the Sog knife sharpener, as well as an update.