Top positive review
83 people found this helpful
on September 25, 2005
I bought this sharpening system even though I have and do know how to use a whetstone and steel...and this thing isn't cheap, so it has to earn its mettle or it would be returned. I'm keeping it.
The whetstone is still going to be used for Single-edged blades like japanese sushi knives...this system doesn't have much to offer for those. The edge restorer *might* be able to be adjusted to cut those but it's not clear if it will...and I'm not in a rush to try it on any of mine.
The edge restorer is very efficient but suffers from a couple of pitfalls: most important of these, perhaps, is given the amount of force you need to apply to get the blades to cut your knife, as you near the tip of the knife, it can flail downward as soon as it goes off the end and bang into the metal base of the edge restorer. This will of course blunt the very tip until you learn to let up on the pressure, and increase the pitch angle as you approach the tip. This problem happens with all three parts of this system, and you need to sharpen at the edge of a countertop as a result so the knife will swing into empty space. It's especially bad with the restorer, which they could have made taller to ease the problem by giving more swing room above the base.
The other problem with the restorer is that your knife can "bounce" or skid as it's being cut...this will induce a pattern of serrations onto the blade. So you need to apply the right amount of force evenly as you pull the knife through...such skidding may come from too much force or an already uneven blade. In any case, it's not foolproof.
The diamond stage cleans up what's left from the restoring stage, and you don't need to use the restorer anyway unless your knives are in bad shape already. The diamond stage does "micro-serrate" the blade, which will make it magic on tomatoes but will tear apart e.g. tuna. So the honing stage smoothes that out to a high polish.
I find the grip too small to use all day. I would want a more solid mount if I used this often...I understand they sell a knife block with a mount for these things and that might be better or it could be a disaster if you tip it... The three-section storage pouch that comes with this doesn't fit the four parts very naturally...but you can squeeze them in.
With those caveats I am actually going to use this instead of the stone and steel if only because I'm lazy and this gets it right easier and cleaner.
Their knives look like good value as well.