The Furi Ozitech Diamond Fingers Knife Sharpener is one of the top choices in several expert reviews. It's also a user favorite. This Australian-made, compact sharpener has a single row of eight diamond-coated, pliable steel "fingers." Unlike other manual sharpeners with static sharpening devices -- like the Chef's Choice Diamond Hone Two Stage Sharpener 450 or the Wusthof Knife-Life Sharpener -- the Furi Ozitech's fingers bend during each pass of a knife blade. Like many manual sharpeners, the Furi Ozitech isn't designed for serrated blades.
Reviewers agree the Furi Ozitech does a decent and fast job sharpening knives, producing a smooth edge. The ambidextrous-friendly sharpener also scores for being compact and easy to use and maintain. Several hundred owners at Amazon.com and Cooking.com are smitten. "This is the easiest way to sharpen a knife. Anyone can do it," says one. However, the Furi Ozitech's flimsy construction is an issue, and the diamond-coated blades are prone to wear out easily. At Consumer magazine and Choice magazine, the heftier Chef's Choice 450 nudges ahead in overall ratings. Still, overall, the Furi Ozitech is a solid, affordable option for home cooks.
Choice magazine, Consumer magazine and Dublin newspaper The Irish Times provide the most rigorous testing and coverage of the Furi Ozitech Diamond Fingers Knife Sharpener. Owner reviews at Amazon.com and Cooking.com reveal problems that surface with long-term use.
1. Choice magazine
Choice magazine, which is Australia's equivalent to ConsumerReports.org, puts the Furi Ozitech Diamond Fingers Knife Sharpener to the test along with 15 other manual and electric models, testing for sharpening abilities, left- and right-handed use, required maintenance and safety. The Furi Ozitech places fifth overall, just behind the Chef's Choice Diamond Hone Two Stage 450. Ease of use and excellent sharpening performance are among the pros, and the editors don't list any cons.
Review: Knife Sharpeners: Review and Compare, Editors of Choice magazine, May 2009
2. Consumer magazine
New Zealand's Consumer magazine tests 10 knife sharpeners for ease of use, required care and the number of passes needed to sharpen a knife. The Furi Ozitech Diamond Fingers is one of four recommended models, with testers praising it for producing a smooth edge along with ease of use and portability.
Review: Knife Sharpeners, Editors of Consumer magazine, Updated June 24, 2009
3. The Irish Times
Reporter Conor Pope tests five knife sharpeners for size, ease of use, angle correctness, sharpening performance and required care. The Furi Ozitech Diamond Fingers Knife Sharpener receives the highest score, especially for ease of use, although Pope questions its construction. "When compared with some of the more expensive, sturdier options," he says, "we couldn't help thinking it looked a little cheap, and the parts can not be replaced.
Review: Value for Money: Knife Sharpeners, Conor Pope, Jan. 19, 2009
More than 180 owners of the Furi Ozitech Diamond Fingers Knife Sharpener praise it for its simplicity, compact size and fast sharpening. "This is the easiest way to sharpen a knife. Anyone can do it," says one. Complaints include the flimsy case construction, easily worn diamond-coated steel fingers and limited 30-day warranty. "The inside was full of warnings about how to open the case -- warnings that if not followed, break the case and void the warranty," laments another user.
Review: Furi FUR626 Ozitech Diamond Fingers Pro Knife Sharpener, Contributors to Amazon.com
More than 200 reviewers at Cooking.com rate the Furi Ozitech Diamond Fingers Knife Sharpener, giving it a high overall rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars. Users praise its compact size and ease of use.
Review: Ozitech Diamond Fingers Pro Knife Sharpener and Honer, Contributors to Cooking.com