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Actual Item not the Picture
on November 30, 2010
Lansky products have been with me for over 30 years, and they are going strong. One may say it is based on rather old design, but all other products that followed copied Lansky, once the patent ran out. Over time, the plastic part of the grind stone crumbled, but Lansky promptly replaced, per their Life Time Guarantee.
What I have discovered, however, is that they have tried to cope with changing economy, and the equipment have gone through changes. I would not call it an improvement. The original Lansky mount in the picture is machined from aluminum, and perhaps steel (I do not know for sure, because I never bought one). The actual mount arrived is molded in a kind of a light metal. I do not like to have items switched: picture shows one thing, then the actual item is another.
One good thing about the new design is that it is sized to fit inside the plastic box that holds knife clamp and other sharpening stones. One bad thing about it is that it is designed to be permenently screwed down on a surface. I planned to clamp the mount on the table and remove it after the sharpening. The the old design would work well, but the new, molded design leaves a space between the board and the metal. I do not think it can handle the clamping force. Therefore I do not use it. I do not like the rounded, "ergonomic" shape of the new design, either.
I discarded the idea of returning the item, but I did not want to go through the hassle of returning: Amazon's administrative chores, wrapping, driving to the PO, and posting. Who has time to waste?
I will just hold with my hands, as I have done in the past 30 plus years.