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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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From the manufacturer
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.
Includes extra coarse, coarse, medium, fine and ultra fine hones. Each sharpening system comes with precision multi-angle, flip-over knife clamp, sharpening hones on color coded finger grooved safety holders, one guide rod for each Stone, specially formulated honing oil and extra long knife clamp screws. Custom molded storage/carrying case. Includes easy to follow instructions.
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.
This product contains chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and birth defects or other reproductive harm.
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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
I bought this kit along with the 2000 grit “sapphire” stone by lansky (yeah right, it’s ceramic and everybody knows it, but it’s quality regardless). I took a good hour to set the edge on an old Kershaw KAI 3000 pocket knive which had never been properly sharpened or honed. That old Japanese steel is hard and took a lot of work with the 70 and 120 grit stones, but once the edge was set it was smooth sailing with the rest of the stones.
The result after a quick strop was pretty dang sharp. I didn’t expect truly razor sharp, these aren’t 10000 grit whetstones..... but it did barely cut a Kleenex unassisted.... Good enough for a pocket knive and I suspect good enough for my kitchen knives. A better strop (mine is just homemade out of scrap cow leather) with some rouge would probably get this thing truly razor sharp.
In the end, this is well worth it for less than $100.
I didn't notice this issue right away until I started trying to sharpen a knife and it was wobbling around in the clamp. To further the issue, sharpening a smaller blade like a paring knife or a pocket knife requires holding onto around only 1/8" of the blade, since otherwise the tapered front of the clamp will interfere with the sharpening stones.
In short, don't buy this product anymore. It may have been good at one point, but all of those 5 star reviews are for a different product.