Do yourself a favour.........get an Edgepro Apex.
Great system, american made (I'm not American, but I love American tools), and easy to use.
I toyed with stones but there's always the issue of holding the same knife angle while you sharpen. The Edgepro is just awesome and so easy and fast.
I had blunt knives I have used for 4 years, and I sharpened a whole set of 5 knives in about 1 hour, first time I had ever used the Edgepro.
The more proficient you get the faster you get.
Sure it's not cheap, but you can set the bevel angle you need, normally 21 deg for German, and around 18deg for Japanese knives (but this varies), and you can use the supplied stones to set the bevel and then polish the edge.
I love it, and my kitchen knives are scary sharp now. So much so I took the tip of a finger off and didn't even know it, until there was blood on eveything on the kitchen sink! My wife loves the sharp knives now, although she is very weary of them!!!!
I have no affiliation with Edgepro, or any Edgepro reseller or any other commercial arrangement or friendship with Edgepro, but I emailed Ben Dale who owns the company, just before I bought one, and he emailed me right back with great advice.
He's a nice guy with a great product.
For knives, you won't need the Apex 4 (with all the grit stones), you will only probably need a 220grit, 320 grit and the 600grit as well as the ceramic, unless you have really expensive Japanese knives that need higher grades.
Check out his videos on Youtube......search for Edgepro......
Honestly, you'll never buy another kife sharpener, and it does hunting knifes, serrated knives, eveything. They say it can do razors but I don't think the angle adjustment gets flat enough, and also the grit grades are probably not high enough, but I've never tried it.
The Edgepro is supposed to be pretty slick. The only problems I have with it is that I don't like the limitation of sharpening stone types that are available for it coupled with the fact that once you get dependent on a machine to set your angles, you can kiss your freehand sharpening expertise goodbye as you no longer get enough practice with it to keep it consistent.
Couple that last fact with the need I have to be able to sharpen knives in the field or where ever I happen to be. What, I'm going to lug this Edgepro around with me for anytime I need to sharpen a blade? So while I appreciate the technology of things like the Edgepro and the Tormek, I pretty much avoid them like the plague. I spent 40 years learning to sharpen freehand and keep my angles consistent, although never as consistent as a machine can. Still, I hate the idea of throwing all that training away, because what you don't use, you lose.
Last edited by stonehenge; 03-09-2012 at 01:58 PM.
I am pretty sure you can get any number of high end stones Naniwa and shapton specially cut for the edgepro from a few different vendors.
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