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Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone Sharpening System
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- Deluxe 5-stone knife sharpening system for kitchen, outdoor, hobby, or garden knives
- Includes extra-coarse, coarse, medium, fine alumina oxide, and extra-fine ceramic hones
- Controlled-angle sharpening system with 17-, 20-, 25-, and 30-degree angle options
- Color-coded stones with finger-grooved safety holders; specially formulated honing oil
- Includes precision-engineered knife clamp and custom-molded storage/carrying case
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A Sharp Knife is a Useful Knife
The USA made Lansky system is perfect for outdoor sporting, kitchen or workshop knives, and Lansky offers the widest range of accessories available. In production for over 35 years, the Lansky Sharpening System has been the preferred sharpening system for DIY and cutlery enthusiasts worldwide.
Angle constancy is the most critical and the most elusive element of hand sharpening - and the Lansky Controlled-Angle System ensures that your knife edge sharpens to the exact bevel you specify. Designed to give your blade a professional, razor sharp edge every time, regardless of your sharpening ability. Excellent for beginners and advanced users alike. The original and legendary Controlled-Angle System is the ultimate in Knife Sharpening technology.
Parts included in the Deluxe Controlled-Angle Sharpening System
- Extra-long knife clamp screws for thicker blades
- Storage case to hold all system components
- Complete easy-to-follow multi-lingual instructions
Usage of the system:
From the kitchen, to the shop, to the field - it does it all
The knife clamp included in the system holds the knife steady, and holds the angle guide static and firm, so that the user can achieve the desired angle with every stroke of the sharpener. The coarse to Ultra-Fine hones provide the proper grit for complete edge care and maintenance.
- Extra Coarse Black Hone: (70 grit) for re-profiling the bevel grind
- Coarse Red Hone: (120 grit) for edge reconditioning
- Medium Green Hone: (280 grit) for sharpening and less frequent touch-ups
- Fine Blue Hone: (600 grit) for most frequent touch-ups to keep your blade paper-slicing sharp
- Ultra-Fine Ceramic Yellow Hone: (1000 grit) for polishing the edge for a razor sharp edge
- Honing Oil: Specially Formulated for sharpening
- Easy to use, multi-angle clamp: to hold the blade securely
- Guide Rods: One for every hone
Blade Angles Explained
The Lansky Controlled-Angle Sharpening Systems allow the user to select the sharpening angles that are best suited for their knife's intended use. The four sharpening angles and their uses are listed below:
- 17° Angle - A severe angle recommended for razor blades, fillet knives or similar tools. An extremely sharp but delicate edge.
- 20° Angle - A commonly used angle for higher quality blades and provides an excellent edge for kitchen cutlery and slicing knives.
- 25° Angle - The recommended angle for most knives that need a durable, sharp edge. Ideal for hunting and outdoor knives.
- 30° Angle - An outstanding angle for knives that cut cardboard, rope or carpets. Recommended for heavy duty use.
The USA made Lansky system is perfect for outdoor sporting, kitchen or workshop knives, and Lansky offers the widest range of accessories available. In production for over 35 years, the Lansky Sharpening System has been the preferred sharpening system for DIY and cutlery enthusiasts worldwide. Angle constancy is the most critical and the most elusive element of hand sharpening - and the Lansky Controlled-Angle System ensures that your knife edge sharpens to the exact bevel you specify. Designed to give your blade a professional, razor sharp edge every time, regardless of your sharpening ability. Excellent for beginners and advanced users alike. The original and legendary Controlled-Angle System is the ultimate in Knife Sharpening technology.
For best results, your strokes should move diagonally forward (towards the guide hole in the clamp) and along a small section of the blade, using the full length of the hone with each stroke.
Sharpen all of your knives with ease with the Lansky Deluxe 5-Hone Sharpening System. Lansky has provided the latest and greatest in cutting edge knife sharpening technology since 1979. The Deluxe 5-Hone Sharpening System is essential to have around the house for sharpening all kinds of blades. The set comes with five sharpening hones of different coarseness and is suitable for any type of kitchen, hobby, hunting, or garden knives. The system comes complete with a knife clamp, honing oil, guide rods, knife clamp screws, a carrying case, and helpful instructions.
User Manual [PDF ]
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 10.25 x 9.75 x 1.5 inches; 1.1 Pounds
- Item model number : LKCLX
- Department : Unisex-adult
- Date First Available : October 2, 2001
- Manufacturer : Lansky Sharpeners
- ASIN : B000B8IEA4
Best Sellers Rank:
#3,935 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
- #3 in Hunting Knife Sharpeners
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That said, here are a few pointers I've figured out while using my kit:
* If you're going to buy a base/stand along with it, spring the extra money and get the metal one. The plastic one is loud and not great. I have one, I never use it. I just hold the whole setup in my non-dominant hand.
* Use a finger (I use my left hand's index finger) to keep the guide rod in the same area of the guide slot throughout. I just make it so that the rod rests on top of my finger, between the 2nd and 3rd knuckles. This eliminates any extra 'wiggle' in the angle of the hones.
* I spend most of my time using the coarsest and finest hones, but I had a few knives that needed some serious edge work. This did the trick, though I imagine the diamond set might be a bit faster. I have the time, and don't mind committing it, to get great results out of this kit.
* Before transitioning to the next grade fineness of hone, make sure that you cannot see any scratches from the previous coarseness. So, if you're on the 2nd-coarsest (120 'grit'), before you stop using it and switch to the 280/medium, ensure that you can't see a single scratch left from the 70/extra coarse. Doing this, along with keeping your angles of attack as tight as possible, will ensure fantastic results.
*When mounting a blade into the holder, follow Lansky's guides. Should be about 5/8"/11 mm from the edge of the jaws to the blade. Also, and this is more important in my experience, make sure that you center the blade along it's cutting edge inside the jaws, or get it as close as you can. This ensures that the angle of attack from the hones remains as close to the same along the entire edge as possible.
* Along those same lines, longer blades seem to offer a bit of a challenge, especially around the tip, if it curves at all. I find that I will work my BK7 in sections about 4"/100 mm long, and do the tip last. Shorter blades aren't as finicky about this. But think about it this way. If the angle of the hone is at 20° right in front of the clamp (approx. 5/8" away), then when it's 4" away, working the tip, it's angle is going to be more shallow.
So, in conclusion, this system isn't perfect. It's got a character, and can be a little wonky. But, if you're willing to spend the time in prep, and pay attention while sharpening, you can get some fantastic results. The photos show results, and my techniques for proper setup and holding.
Of course, do what you want. This is just what I've found works for me. :D
The Lansky isn't perfect. It could be improved in a few areas but overall I think it is well worth the price and I have zero desire to buy anything more $$ or "better". One issue was the inability to lock the knife in the clamp perfectly. On occaision the knife would pivot and need remounted. I found it mainly wanted to move when using a rough grit and a heavy stroke like you would use when reprofiling an edge. It isn't really a big deal and only takes a few seconds to put the knife back in position. I also found the clamp to have some sharp edges and after a knife or two my hand was getting sore....this is when using it on the table clamp mount. Even on the mount you still need a tightly hold the clamp to keep it from moving and to keep the guide rods pressed to the top of the holes(a good method for being as precise and consistent with each stroke, another is the oil is for CLEANING the stones, not for lubricating them during use). I ended up with glove on my left hand for a little padding.
In addition to this set I also purchased the table clamp mount, the super sapphire stone and the leather strop as well. All good products and somewhat necessary in my opinion if you REALLY want your knife as sharp as possible. Both the sapphire stone and leather strop seem to be needed to bring the edge to a mirror like surface free of scratches.
As I said before I am pleased with the Lansky kit. My knives went from very dull after years of use to razor sharp. The chefs knife was a massive improvment and the change in performance was amazing. Prior to sharpening it would tend to crush vegetables and needed a real saw like cutting style to get through. After sharpening it cut thru effortlessly...even veggies like tomatoes and jalapeños which have a bit of a thicker skin. I'd buy it again without hesitation.
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However - a few gripes.
1) They practically expect you to purchase some kind of grip/stand for it. It is not very ergonomic. If it were a little larger then it could be handheld more comfortably.
2) It is expensive for what it is and needlessly so. The smaller packages are more reasonably priced and the difference between the sets are minimal upgrades like the ability to grind at more angles... ie they drilled one extra hole. If it were £10 less this would be an almost no brainer but at this price it's only remotely worth it if you sharpen a lot of knives... and have also paid extra for the stand.
3) The grip that is has on the knife is not very secure, I constantly have to readjust and straighten my knife. The red knob does not feel very secure and it shouldn't be overtightened. Wouldn't be a problem except for the fact that you are running your hand towards it whilst turning it into a razor sharp finger removing blade. Would some kind of replaceable foam insert/piece of leather be too much to ask?
There are cheapy/Chinese products that are on offer at less than half the price of this and I can't imagine that they could be that bad. I'm half tempted to try one of them just to be able to put this review in perspective.
I would recommend a dyneema glove to wear whilst you do this if you value your fingers. I clearly don't value my fingers well enough to find mine but one of these knives is going to bite me pretty bad at some point.
HOWEVER. The blade clamp is crap, I have had to glue a leather pad onto the jaws to hold the blade and stop it from pivoting while in use. The castings are of what I would call "monkey metal" and I have no faith that they won't shatter at some time so I will be knocking up a set in brass over the next week or so. It would have cost Lansky a quid or two to do them in steel, which would last a lifetime. And the optional base should be included as it is pretty much essential if you are sharpening anything over 6". By all means charge more but to have to order one when you realise that you need it is a real pain.
So a four star review for a product that could so easily be worth five stars. Do buy one but get the stand and put some leather or friction tape in the jaws.
Provided you actually read the instructions and follow them instead of doing what you think you should do then wonderig what you did wrong you should be fine.
I took a high quality knife from the kitchen that was reasonably dull due to poor initial care and inaccurate sharpening started from scratch. Even from the coarse stone there was a noticeable improvement. As time went on and I worked down through the coarsness the blade became incredibly sharp.
The secret seems to be in being able to maintain exactly the same angle with all stones right across the stroke. It's all too easy when honing freehand to waggle the blade and get an inconsistent bevel.
This is not a quick swipe and wipe sharpening solution. It takes investing about an hour in a dulled blade to get it truly honed in this way. But if you want your kitchen knives back to the way they should be before even going near them with a steel in the kitchen it's worth it. I ruined a really good knife by using a supermarket special sharpener simply because all it did was curve the existing bevel. It's now back to what it should be.
Needless to say, with a previously honed blade you can maintain it with the finer stones every once in a while knowing that you'll be on the right bevel angle.
If anything breaks on this I'll edit the review, but for nowI wanted to let people know that a complete newcomer to the device can get good results right out of the box if they read the instructions first and rake the advice on bevel angle for the use intended from the blade.
It can, in theory, do what it says on the tin, but the system is too limited and too sloppy. Firstly, the chances of the pre-set angles of 17,20,25 and 30 degrees actually matching the angle your blade needs sharpened at are slim to none. This means you need to be will need to be willing to regrind your blades to one of the set angles. Then you will discover that this is next to impossible with this set of stones. The diamond extra coarse stone sold in other kits can do it, but the ceramics, even the black extra course one, will wear away too fast and the process will take forever. So forget this kit and go for diamond if you really want this.
Next issue, the level of angle control just isn't good enough. The flex in the metal rods means that matching the bevel angle when moving up a grit is tricky, and requires sharpie marks, testing and fine tuning before you can start sharpening again. It's an utter pain. The system doesn't really help as much as it suggests. If you use it out of the box with no skill or knowledge, you're probably doing to do more harm than good, and would be better off with a mino sharp or similar as you will end up with faceted bevels and strange edges, and definitely not lasting sharpness from the Lansky.
However, this system (or rather the diamond set) can work if you really know what you're doing and are willing to spend a huge amount of time on each knife to regrind it to a set angle. Definitely get a set of cheap knives to practice on, because the system is so sloppy it will destroy a good knife if you haven't practiced testing and your technique first.
Don't believe the marketing videos where it allows allows simple. They're showing only the perfect scenario and none of the downsides you will discover for yourself.
I have to say though the price is about right. The genuine Lansky system is far better than the cheaper Ebay clones at £15-30. It is not, however, as good as more expensive, more rigid and more adjustable systems, and having tried it I would say the useful entry price for this sort of controlled angle sharpening system is higher than this. At this price range, despite being fairly priced compared to competitors, the result from the Lansky system is pretty bad without too much time and hassle.
I would say spend more, or don't bother at all and use a different method entirely. Having added the diamond stones I needed separately just to make this kit barely functional, I'm into the system for over £130 and many hours of trial and error, and the whole lot will probably end up in the junk drawer and I'll look for a better system with fully adjustable angles (not preset 17,20,25,30 nominal) and a more rigid rod/guide for the stones.