Two products which will ensure you always have sharp kitchen knives and a happy marriage:
First: ‘Smith’s 2-Step Knife Sharpener features two tungsten carbide blades with pre-set angles to ensure the perfect edge every time. Three or four strokes through the carbide sharpening slots will restore the edge on a very dull knife. The two crossed ceramic rods also have pre-set angles and provide a smooth finished edge to already sharp knives. It is lightweight, portable, comes with a lanyard hole, and has non-slip rubber feet for added safety. Excellent for use on all types of knives, especially filet knives.’ Available at a variety of stores from $10: http://www.smithsproducts.com/product/ccks/ 45.5 grams.
And especially from my friends: Carol & Alan Green: C & A Outdoors, 61 Tramway Rd, Morwell, Victoria (61) 03 5134 8038: https://www.caoutdoors.com.au/
Smith’s 2-Step Knife Sharpener
Second: Victorinox’s 10/15cm vegetable/paring knife (24.5 grams) from $6, just the best preparation knife I have ever found – and back to razor sharpness with a couple of quick strops on the Smiths 2-Step: http://www.victorinox.com/ch/product/Cutlery/Category/Household-knives/Paring-knives/SwissClassic-Paring-knife-10-cm/6.7706.L115;jsessionid=316228109C695A50923596CF087DD817