JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - Are you tired of using dull knives that smash your tomatoes, squash your bread, and won't even cut through meat? The makers of an As Seen On TV product, called Swifty Sharp, claim the so-called incredible motorized knife sharpener can bring precision power sharpening right to your home; but Does It Work?
To test out Swifty Sharp, we tapped the talents of Jackson, Missouri quilter Tammy Frazier.
Frazier has two sets of dull sewing scissors that are making her hobby more difficult.
"You want your cuts to be accurate," said Frazier. "You don't want your scissors to have rough edges because it won't go together as nicely."
Frazier said it costs her about $15 to have one pair of sewing scissors sharpened, so she's looking for a cheaper alternative.
Priced at $14.99, Swifty Sharp promises to restore a razor's edge to any blade and Tammy has a drawer full of dull knives she'd like to sharpen too.
Swifty Sharp's packaging says the product provides a professional grade, high-speed rotating sharpening stone that sharpens and hones the blade's edge with a built in guide that holds the blade at the perfect angle.
Swifty Sharp is powered by four AA batteries and claims it can sharpen knives, screw drivers, scissors and other household tools.
When we put four AA batteries in – Swifty Sharp didn't seem to have very much power.
"It doesn't sound real powerful," said Frazier.
Frazier tested it out on three different sized dull knives, but wasn't pleased with the way the machine operated. The sharpening stone bounced the blade along and when Frazier applied pressure to the knife, the stone slowed or stopped spinning all together.
Of the three knives Frazier used Swifty Sharp to sharpen only one blade seemed to be slightly sharper. Frazier's knife slid more easily through a grape than prior to sharpening.
"It's not squishing them," said Frazier. "It might have helped that one."
Then Frazier tried to sharpen the blades on her less expensive pair of sewing scissors. She ran one scissor blade through the device and again the stone slowed or stopped, and didn't seem to rotate smoothly to hone the blade as the product claims.
Frazier said the results weren't what she'd hoped for.
"I hate to say it, but I think it's worse than before," said Frazier. "I'm very glad I didn't use my very good sewing scissors."
In the end, Swifty Sharp didn't offer Frazier the cutting edge in quilting she was looking for.
"I don't think it worked well, sorry to say," said Frazier.
Frazier said next time she will pay the $15 to have her scissors sharpened and gave Swifty Sharp 1 star on this Does It Work test.