About Swifty Sharp

Swifty Sharp is a cordless, motorized blade sharpener that’s claimed to restore the razor’s edge on any blade in just seconds, including scissors, bread, steak, and filet knives, hedge clippers, and even screwdrivers and small hand tools.

Swifty Sharp is claimed to accomplish this by using a professional grade, high-speed sapphire sharpening stone, in addition to a built-in blade guide that provides the perfect angle for a razor sharp edge. On top of this, Swifty Sharp also features a catch tray that collects shavings, and a compact design that stores easily.

Overall, the manufacturer claims that Swifty Sharp provides safe, easy-to-use precision power sharpening at a fraction of the price of other in-home electric knife sharpeners; all you have to do is press the button, insert the blade into the guide, and slide.

Whether you’re an amateur chef that prepares gourmet meals or are just looking to extend the life of your cutlery, does Swifty Sharp deliver? Consider the following:

It’s All About the Angle

While labor-intensive knife sharpening methods (such as using whetstones) are fairly straightforward, since you can view and maintain a precise angle, electric knife sharpeners can vary in quality, and might not provide this same angle.

And while Swifty Sharp is claimed to hold blades in the perfect angle, it also has to be wide enough to accommodate a variety of knife sizes. And according to EdgeCraft, if you can wobble a knife side to side while it’s pulled through the slot, the edge will not be symmetrical.

Granted, in the commercial, we’re only shown one computer generated display of a knife being pulled through the Swifty Sharp, so it’s impossible to say with any certainty whether or not this will be the case.

Other Considerations About Swifty Sharp

In addition to angle, there are other considerations you should keep in mind before ordering your Swifty Sharp.

Fine or Course Grit?

First, although we’re told that Swifty Sharp uses a high-speed sapphire sharpening stone, keep in mind that we’re not told if this remains in its natural state, or if its made of a coarser grit. And because coarser stone can cause your knife edge to wear faster and to “shrink” (e.g. your knife’s edge wears inward), this is something you should be aware of before making a purchase.

Knife Material

In addition, according to a thread on BladeForums.com, sapphire stones are ideal for sharpening modern stainless steel knives. However, for other blade materials, such as carbon or alloy steels, cobalt alloys, titanium alloys, and ceramic, the sapphire stone used in Swifty Sharp may not be as effective, and could even damage your knives.

Other Knife Sharpening Options

Finally, remember that electric knife sharpeners are nothing new. As a result, you have numerous options to choose from, which you can see for yourself by typing “electric knife sharpener” into your favorite search engine.

Granted, not all of these options will be cordless, and many are priced well above Swifty Sharp, although you will find some relatively comparable options. In fact, you might want to check local retailers for similar options, which could save you a good chunk of change if you’re dissatisfied (more about this in a moment).

It should also be noted that manually sharpening your knife is fairly straightforward, so if you were to teach yourself, you’d not only be learning a new skill, you could also save yourself a ton of money in the process.

Do Swifty Sharp’s Customers Think it Cuts the Mustard?

Because Swifty Sharp was such a new product at the time of our research (URL registered February 2015), there weren’t any online customer reviews available.

However, Swifty Sharp is manufactured by Product Trend, LLC based out of Williston, VT, who also does business as Hampton Direct, a large company within the “As Seen on TV” industry. As a result, the company manufactures several popular ASOTV products, including 3 Way Poncho, Lumi Doh, Chillow, and more.

Among 55 HighYa reader reviews for these products (as of 4/13/15), they had an average rating of 2 stars, with common complaints citing poor quality and failure to work as advertised. While you might not experience the same with Swifty Sharp, it’s important to keep in mind nonetheless.

Hampton Direct held a B rating with the Better Business Bureau, despite having more than 130 closed complaints, most of which appeared to reference being charged for items that weren’t ordered, poor quality products, and numerous sales calls after placing orders.

Swifty Sharp Pricing & Refund Policy

Swifty Sharp is priced at $14.99 plus $6.95 S&H.

As a bonus, you can also purchase multi-purpose stainless steel shears for an additional $4.95 S&H. Note: If you don’t want the optional shears, be sure to check the “I would prefer to only receive SWIFTY SHARP” box on the ordering page.

Swifty Sharp comes with a 30-day refund policy, less S&H charges. Important note: If you order the optional shears and are dissatisfied, this means you could spend more in S&H charges than you’ll receive as a refund.

With this in said, if you’d like to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 844-826-2683.

Will Swifty Sharp Provide Professional Results at Home?

Based on Swifty Sharp’s ultra-low price compared to the competition, as well as its “As Seen on TV” status, it’s our opinion that the product might not perform as well as higher priced models available online, as well as through local retailers.

Because of this, you might want to take your knives to a professional for sharpening, or investigate some of the more mainstream models out there before handing over your hard-earned money.

If you do decide to give Swifty Sharp a shot though, we’d recommend trying some of your inexpensive cutlery on it before sharpening your higher priced knives. Also, remember that you might end up losing more in S&H charges than you’ll receive as a refund in the event you’re dissatisfied.


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  • 35 out 35 people found this review helpful

    Machine not useable

    I thought it would be good. The battery cover had no way to hold it shut, rendering it useless. No one to call.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 32 out 32 people found this review helpful

    Swifty Sharp is a scam & a rip off

    I ordered Swifty Sharp knife sharpener thinking it was going to be 14.95 like they advertised on TV. But boy, was I wrong! They got me for S&H (shipping & handling) & I bought 3 extra stone sharpeners for a total of 31.94. I paid with a debit card -- never ever use a debit card. They called a few weeks later I believe and they told me there was some a problem with my debit card and I told them I didn't have enough money on my debit card and I wanted to cancel the transaction. They said ok, they would. Now after I canceled, they called me 2 or 3 more times. I looked at my debit card transactions Monday only to find out that they had taken 31.94 off my debit card without my consent. My advice is do not order this product because you will be disappointed.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 21 out 21 people found this review helpful

    What a Joke

    • Lihue, Hawaii,
    • Jul 20, 2015

    I never learn. Living in Hawaii, it cost me a total of $16.95 shipping to get a $14.99 useless sharpener. Four new batteries right out of box and you put the slightest pressure on the stone and it stops. I can sharpen faster with the sharpening stone I have. I'd send it back but being in Hawaii it would cost me more than this piece is worth. Save your money and don't buy.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 19 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Poor Quality

    • Jul 22, 2015

    It did not sharpen as advertised and the stone quit running within 10" of using it.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 20 out 20 people found this review helpful

    A Joke

    • Minnesota,
    • Jul 25, 2015

    Put batteries in and it doesn't work. Tried all possible combinations and motor wouldn't even turn. Should have played the lottery.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 18 out 18 people found this review helpful

    Total Garbage

    • Allentown Pa.,
    • Jul 28, 2015
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    I purchased a Swifty Sharp knife sharpener, it actually made my knives worse. Do NOT buy one. No, I would not recommend this to an enemy.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    Worst product I ever bought.

    • Santa Paula, CA,
    • Aug 1, 2015

    In one word, I would call this Swifty Sharp "junk"!

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 10 out 10 people found this review helpful

    Received without ordering, seems like a scam

    • Santa Fe, NM,
    • Aug 3, 2015

    I received a package from Swifty Sharp with a sharpener and a "bonus" kitchen shears and an invoice saying $26.89 was paid. After determining that no one had sent me a gift, I called the customer service number and learned that I had supposedly ordered this by phone (odd, because I never order by phone). They had my name, address, and Amex number. The phone number they showed was bogus. When I told them I didn't order and in fact had never heard of them, at first they said there was nothing they could do. When I told them I was calling Amex to make sure I wasn't charged, then they gave me a return number and said they would refund. When I called Amex, they had no charge from the company. I can only assume that was due to an oversight on the part of the company and they would have charged me if I didn't return it pronto.

    I've now had to cancel my Amex card for reissue and reported this to Amex. I believe this is a scam to see who will keep the product (and have their card charged) I've also been told that some companies do a scam like this to gather information to see who is a real person who will keep the merchandise without checking whether they ordered or not, and then more expensive merchandise gets sent out. Either way, somehow they got my personal info and credit card number, apparently in, cueing the security code, and it wasn't from me. I see from other comments that the product is not that great either. I'm returning it to them today.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 7 out 7 people found this review helpful

    Product does not work

    • Brevard, FL,
    • Aug 4, 2015

    Just received the Swifty Sharp. Missing filings tray. Sharpener will not turn on, let alone sharpen. Called "customer service" but just get "leave a message". Bottom line – a rip off.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 12 out 12 people found this review helpful

    junk that spins

    • New York,
    • Aug 5, 2015

    My review title says it all. It did not offer anything special. It's simply junk that spins.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 19 out 19 people found this review helpful

    Doesn't Work

    • Maryland,
    • Aug 6, 2015

    I was looking forward to sharp blades. However, the Swifty Sharp device doesn't work for me.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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