KME Precision Knife Sharpener System with 4 Gold Series Diamond Hones - Base Included
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- Newest KME Kit as of June 2015 with Base Included
- 4 Gold Series KME 1x4 diamond hones - 140 extra-coarse, 300 coarse, 600 fine and 1500 extra fine
- Spherical bearing rod guide for zero angle deviation and smooth sharpening motion
- Continuous angle adjustment from 17 to 30 degrees - marked in 1 degree increments
- Very portable - stores in included hard carry case.
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The KME Precision Knife Sharpening System and Base kit includes : the latest KME Knife Sharpening System, KME Gold Series Diamond hones in 4 grits - XC 140, C 300, F 600 and XF 1500, 1oz Water Bottle, 12 x 12 Cotton Cleaning Cloth, Detailed Instructions and Hardshell Storage Case - plus the KME Base (the most frequently added KME accessory). This is everything you need to get from very dull to extremely sharp without needing to buy any additional stones. About the KME sharpener: the KME Sharpener is a manual rod-guided controlled angle sharpening system. It is small and portable and offers capabilities and features beyond comparably priced systems. It features a rotating blade clamp which speeds up the sharpening process and spherical rod guiding system maintains precise angles making it easy for ANYONE to sharpen knives and broadheads. The sharpener allows continuous angle adjustments from 17 to 30 degrees and is marked out in single degree increments for easy angle selection. The new low profile clamp is neoprene lined to protect your blades from scratching or marring, and is marked with two depth lines to assist with repositioning the knife for touch ups. The standard vise is also easily interchangeable with KME pen knife and broadhead sharpening jaws which are available separately. They use beautiful solid cherry wood for the grip and stone holder. Their stone holder allows for quick stone changes of the large 1 x4 inch stones with a knurled thumb screw system and all their sharpening accessories screw firmly onto the same guide-rod. And it all stores inside a hard sided carry case measuring 12 x 8 x 3-1/2 inches. The case includes soft foam lining in both the base and lid to protect your sharpener and accessories. An additional layer of stiffer foam has cut-outs for the stone carrier, stones, water bottles and holds everything securely in place when the lid is closed - including the included base! An all-around great sharpening system for home and field use.
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Diamond is the best choice for cutting tough material like AUS8 and harder. I chose this guided system with Diamond Plates because I have some experience with other types of "stones", and often find the need to re-profile. Some other sharpener makers do NOT even recommend heavy re-profiling with their device.
THE PAST: I liked a triple-sided hone for some steel, especially the mundane kitchen utensils, but I could not correct (re-profile) the finished edges that were uneven/off-center ground. That system is very inexpensive, but the triple stones also seemed too soft for harder steels. I started considering diamond plates. However, I had scratched the coating off my Cryo II by accidentally freehand sharpening it too close to one of the coarser stones on the triple stone. Ugh. This happened in an instant. I started researching all guided sharpeners. I went with the KME gold diamond kit because of the steels used in the higher-end blades are hard to grind, and the sturdy design of the fixture. The fixture angle guesswork (left side/right side) and constant blade re-mounting I saw in other systems are non-issues with a KME. The rotating fixture has a secure, adjustable detent, or "stop" point. It does not wobble. It saves time and guesswork.
Oh, man. A TRULY inspired design. Atta boy, KME.
NOW: The KME sharpener arrived with some VERY detailed instruction that emphasize what needs to be kept in mind. Just "heed" the instructions. I learned that clamping your knife in the fixture securely, and not having to move (or remove) the knife from the rotatable fixture during the process (like other systems) is a big plus. Huge. If you are not a big reader, BladeForums has a cool pictorial-tutorial written by Moosez45. YouTube has plenty of info about this system, also. The edges shown are fabulous. You can do that.
THE NITTY: In some cases, I start with the very aggressive 140 grit to "set" the profile angles that all the other stones work to refine. It doesn't take much work at all. If you desire, adjustments on the fixture allow you to significantly change the bevel angle of a knife with ease. Primary bevels of under 14 degrees (like serious kitchen knives) are "hackable", by flipping the angle guide over. A simple Sharpie line on the bevel you are working is a good guide, and a jewelers loupe is even more revealing. I use the 40x25mm with Led Lighting sold on Amazon for less than three dollars.
Once you have experienced about 5 minutes of working this system, your muscles will know enough to get the job done quickly and near effortlessly.This sharpener is very impressive for speed, design and results.
The tan-colored diamond "break-in slurry", seen during the first 2 cuts with the Diamond Plates is normal. Scary, but normal.
The base is well worth the money, because it fits snugly into the handle/bushing of the fixture. I weighed the options and savings, but I am now sure I could not make a substitute. Saved-up gift cards softened the expense.
I purchased an additional Chosera 5000 grit stone to take my edges much closer to a "surgical" glint at the end of the cutting process. The included 1500 grit plate requires just a bit more stropping to "get there" than I care to perform.
MANY stones are available for this system. I even used the El Cheapo double-stacked 10000/3000 Sedeta stone, sold by FDS, in the tool holder. With slight adjustments for angle and clamping, even that worked!
(5 STARS?) This sharpening device quickly produces excellent edges. Product reviews for other (more expensive) sharpeners are very mixed. The KME design does a good job of preventing damage to edges or finish. (Good for me). It has a very solid feel. It is not rickety plastic. It holds the knife in precise alignment during the entire process. This item is MADE in the U.S.A... a bonus point for that. KME offers custom-fit strops and "exotic" compounds.
What I REALLY LIKE: The repeatable, astounding results. Impressive edges are easy and satisfying to attain. I will never again have to rely on "freehand" sharpening. It works great on tougher steels. I am constantly impressed with the results I get using this system.
I have two suggestions for improvement:
1) Offer a diamond stone that is finer than the current extra fine, somewhere in the 2500-3000 grit range
2) The clamp is removable and think it would be neat to have a table attachment which would allow you to rest the knife on it and move the knife freely like you can do on the edge pro. This would make sharpening large knives easier.
Easy to use
Does a great job
Items like the knobs for this are only a buck but shipping makes them $10
Only gour stones, you will need to spend some more money to get a variety