Following huge success in Germany HORL 1993 have announced the launch of their
collection of three HORL® sharpeners and accessories. The system makes it possible to sharpen knives easily and precisely for professionallevel results in everyday use.
The system works in two parts; a magnetic angled sharpening block (the S-Pad) holds
the knife in place and then with a simple rolling action with a diamond grinder
creates the perfect angle. On the other side of the grinder sits a ceramic honing disc
which, after a few movements, significantly refines the grinding and results in a
smooth and clean sharpened knife edge.
“We want to make it possible for everyone to sharpen their knives so that cutting is a real pleasure. To achieve this, we develop easy-to-use, stylish products that always feel great to use” says Otmar Horl, founder of HORL 1993.
The range of HORL sharpeners, named after the surname of father and son team
and located in their hometown of Freiburg in southern Germany, is as beautiful as it
is effective. Each process, from selection of the wood to the final assembly, is all done
by hand by a family-like collaboration with the local suppliers showcasing steel
production, wood processing, laser engraving finishing and assembly to the highest
precision and attention to detail the Black Forest region has to offer.
To absolutely ensure you are sharpening your knife correctly HORL 1993
recommends The Marker Pen Method: draw a thin line along the edge of your blade,
so that the line appears on both sides of the blade. Then sharpen with the HORL 15°
angle for a few minutes on each side of the blade. If the line disappears on both sides,
the edge has learned its angle and is now sharp. If the drawn line is still visible use the
20° angle and repeat.
Watch how here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txmJ5FTlAqA
The sharpening system is available in three options:
HORL 2 Cruise
This is the all-rounder for sharpness. The 20° grinding angle and the proven
combination of diamond and stainless steel ensure precise grinding results.
Design: The chalk-coloured paint finish gives the sharpener a modern look that is at
home in any kitchen.
Use: Ideal for your favourite everyday knives and particularly suitable for classic
This offers interchangeable grinding discs, a 15° grinding angle for a filigree edge and
a 20° grinding angle for more robust blades.
Design: Available in oak or nut finish.
Use: Classic and Asian kitchen knives and Damascus knives.
HORL 2 PRO
This is the masterwork of Otmar and Timo Horl. The planetary gearing inside
provides a transmission ratio of 1:3. That means the desired sharpness is achieved
three times faster than with our other sharpeners.
Design: Aluminium and stainless-steel parts along with a dark bronze finish give it
an elegant appearance.
Use: Asian or European kitchen and Damascus knives
There is also a selection of accessories including grinding disks, holders and HORL®
leather to free the blade from grinding residue.
HORL products are available at www.horl.com or Borough Kitchen online and in