KME Sharpeners KFS Knife Sharpening System - Standard Stone Kit
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Package Dimensions : 12 x 9.3 x 3.5 inches; 1.75 Pounds
- Date First Available : October 29, 2012
- ASIN : B004GEIE1I
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#901,833 in Tools & Home Improvement (See Top 100 in Tools & Home Improvement)
- #2,183 in Sharpening Stones
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I have had limited success throughout the years with numerous knife sharpeners. Many of these required the user to position the knife at a certain angle for optimal results. This is difficult to accomplish unless you have an extremely steady hand. There are other so called "guided sharpeners" on the market that I used, however I found that they did not hold a consistent angle like the KME.
The beauty of the KME system is that it nearly eliminates all human error allowing you to obtain a repeatable, smooth and consistent bevel on all of your knives.
The unit feels sturdy and is constructed of high quality materials all of which are made in the USA. The instructions were easy to follow, however there was a short learning curve involved. I had some difficulty at first getting the edge I desired. I called Ron at KME and he determined that I was putting too much pressure on the stones instead of letting them do the work on their own. In addition, I needed to increase the number of strokes across the blade while slowing down a bit. He reiterated the importance of the three "finishing up" strokes which are outlined in the instructions. Once solved, I was able to shave hair after sharpening my knife with only the coarse stone! I then moved on to the medium stone and experienced even better results, shaving similar to a hand held razor (only one swipe needed to remove the hair on my leg). I experienced a problem with the white fine stone. It seemed to make my knife duller. I contacted Ron at KME and he quickly determined that I received a stone from a bad batch. He overnighted me a new stone that worked properly. I was able to put a razor sharp mirror finish on my Kershaw knife.
This review would not be complete without talking about the exceptional service I received from Ron at KME. I had additional questions over the next several days that were easily resolved. I was always able to reach him by phone on the number listed at the bottom of the KME website. Messages were returned promptly. I can be a bit of a perfectionist and probably called him at least five times. Not once did he make me feel like I was bothering him. Such a commitment to great customer service is to be commended. It goes without saying that I highly recommend the KME knife sharpening system!
This system turned an incredibly dull Henckels knife into a sharp blade again. Very easy to use. Make sure you use the coarse stones long enough prior to getting to the finer stones.
Not wanting to ruin the edge on a regularly used knife I grabbed one from the work kitchen that would have been overachieving if it cut butter. I started in on it per KME's instructions, and within just a few minutes i had the knife sharp enough to shave hair on the brown (2nd coarsest) stone. Moving through the rest of the set the knife's edge became more refined and I ended up with several more bald patches on my forearm.
The jig keeps everything lined up just as you expect it will. Parts feel well made, and tolerances are tight. You won't sharpen a sword with this thing, but the guide rod is long enough to get the entire length of a 12"+ chef's knife.
It was easy enough to make a homemade stand, although I saw someone else say differently, I found the socket for the post to be 1/2" diameter. I'm looking forward to the freedom of being able to make my own grinding stones with automotive sandpaper mounted to glass blanks in the future.
Short version: buy it.
I have sharpened pocket knives, my thick blade hunting knife and even filet knives.
This is the perfect sharpener. Buy it, you will not be disappointed.