Need to sharpen that carving knife for your Thanksgiving turkey? You may have seen the Samurai Shark advertised on television as the ultimate sharpening tool. The ads look pretty convincing for making blades razor sharp, but would it sharpen my knives?
As you will see, I had to first make sure that the shark did not flounder, or in this case come apart.
First off we have a butcher knife that is very dull, and cannot even cut through an apple. It is so dull that it was possible to run across my palm, but we are hoping that the Samurai Shark can give it a little more bite.
The key to the Shark is the tungsten carbide blades. They are shaped so that you can sharpen both sides of the blade, so you want to be careful when you are using this device.
After using the Samurai Shark on the knife, we tried it out again on an apple. While it was sharper than it was, it was certainly not razor sharp.
Next we tried a very dull steak knife to see if we could make it sharper. After running it through the Shark, it did not feel a lot sharper.
It only took two knives to figure out that the Samurai Shark has more bark than bite, so to speak. While it did make a butcher knife and steak knife sharper, they are not razor sharp. I could still run them over the palm of my hand and not cut anything.
The Samurai Shark acts more like a minnow when it comes to sharpening knives, so the shark is getting a big thumbs down.