The Samurai Shark is a small, portable knife sharpener. It seems like a handy little gadget for anyone like me who has a drawer full of dull knives and scissors that need sharpening. It's almost like a sharpening stone but instead it has two tungsten carbide blades. If you've been putting off getting your blades professionally sharpened and are thinking of getting this Samurai Shark you might want to reconsider...Here's a really well done how-to video showing Andy sharpening up several different blades. He's got his own technique for doing this.
Samurai Shark - Major Claims
It can re-sharpen a dull knife and make it as sharp as when it was new. The unique angle of the [tags]Samurai-Shark[/tags] blade gives your knife blades a precision edge every time you use it. The retractable sharpening blade allows you to easily sharpen all types of serrated edges.
Claims to Sharpen the Following
Knives and Cutlery
Scissors and Tools
Snow Boards and Skis
Axe and Pocket Knives
Lawn Mower, Garden Mower and Garden Tools
- If used right it does actually sharpen most blades quickly, easily and effectively.
- Portable and lightweight which is convenient if you want to take it on a hunting or fishing trip or keep it in your tool box.
- You get a bonus gift of two pairs of shears and an extra Samurai Shark, if you order it on the phone or online.
- The top reason for NOT using the Samurai Shark on your nice knives is that it takes off quite a bit of the blade every time you sharpen it. If you continually sharpen it with this product, it's highly possible that you can eventually take too much of the blade end off and the knife blade will break from being too thin.
- Many users found it difficult and time consuming to get the hang of using it. Please see the video above for helpful advice.
- If you order this product online, and you get the bonus items but you pay a whopping $7.95 S/H for each additional item!
- The directions included with the product are VERY short and poorly written.
- The retractable blade feature, for serrated edges and scissors, requires a little more “figuring out”. It takes a long time and if you don't use it right it ruins your blade.
- Many consumers report that this product is cheaply made and either falls apart or breaks after a few uses.
- Customer service for the online company is terrible.
- It's good as a quick fix solution to sharpening a knife that you might not value as much as opposed to your good, expensive knives you want to keep for a while.
- You'll need to be careful so that you don't file the serrations off your blades.
- The opening of the sharpening area needs to be adjusted for each knife since some blades are thicker than others.
- You can pick this product up for $10 at Bed Bath and Beyond and Walgreens.
Samurai Shark is alright if you want to re-sharpen cheap blades that you can eventually replace. Please don't buy this over the phone or online and save yourself some ridiculous postage and handling charges. If you buy it at Bed Bath and Beyond keep your store receipt because it may fall apart on you. I'm also wondering, since the instructions aren't clear maybe some people aren't adjusting the edge right or are just getting frustrated with trying to figure it out. Who knows! Anyone have an experience with Samurai Shark? I'm curious if you found Andy's video (above) made it easier to figure out how to use. On to more exciting As Seen on TV products here's the Forearm Forklift review!