I'd seen this Scanpan model on Andrew's blog and really like the look of it.
He said it worked well too, so I made up my mind to buy one. I searched a few stores but couldn't see any; last week I was in a housewares shop in Norwood, just passing time while waiting for the bus that would bring me home, (via the city and another bus...), when I glanced up and spotted these on a high shelf.
and here it is...
Number one on the left is for regenerating blades that have not been sharpened in a year or more.
My knives are easily ten-fifteen years old and I've never sharpened them.
Yet they still cut rather well. Some of them are cheap $3.00 blades from a Chinese Supermarket.
Others are more expensive, bought at a closing down or stocktake sale.
Number two is for sharpening, recommended every 2-3 months and number three slot is for honing the blade for everyday use.
I started with number one and worked my way to number three with each of my knives and the cheap cleavers.
Now they are all so sharp they could almost pass for samurai swords!
I have to buy more of these sharpeners as Christmas gifts!