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Question guys and gals, I'm looking at this sharpening system. I don't have experience sharpening knives, would you recommend this system or another system?
Get this one. It's by far the easiest. The edge pro might seem similar, but it's not since YOU are the one holding the knife steady on a ramp and you have to flip it over to get the other side. Holding the knife flat isn't easy on many knives due to blade shape, swedges, etc... Most professional and factory sharpening stops at 600 grit, which is exactly what you get here. I recommend also buying the angle cube so you can be precise with your angles and also make sure both sides are set equally. If they're off, applying single layers of tape to the left of the blade will shim and adjust the angle until it's right. Further recommended is the 800/1000 stones, ultra fine ceramics, 14/10micron strops, 5/3micron strop, and 1/.5micron strop. With all of those you will be able to put an edge on that will literally cut single hairs - and I don't mean shaving; I mean pulling 1 hair off your head and lightly placing it on the edge will cut it in half. It also makes the edge a beautiful mirror. However I only recommend doing this to knives you collect, since the edge doesn't hold long. It's a bit of an investment, but we'll worth it for the awesomeness. If you just want normal edges, this setup is perfectly fine, all you need is the angle cube. You may also possibly want the 800/1000 grit stones too, but 600 is plenty for the average person. Also, this works way better than a worksharp. Work sharp can scratch blades, de-temper steel, and round tips. It also aggressively removes blade material and generates a lot of heat. It's good for cheap knives, but I'd never run anything of mine through one.
The Wicked Edge will give consistent and repeatable results, but it does have a learning curve that becomes steeper if you've never sharpened a knife before. The documentation included with the WE is not particularly good, so if you are interested you should read up on sharpening and\or watch videos on how people use the Wicked Edge.
Yes, but be careful of what you see in videos. A lot of people make videos of bad technique.
You are correct sir. This is one of several instructional videos from the guys I bought my WE, Oldawan Tools. They have everything, from setting up the system to finding the correct sharpening angle to actually sharpening a knife. It should be a good starting point.
I have a system similar to the Wicked Edge and while it works well it is a real pain to use. And it requires some experience to get it right. I thought I could do better and ended up buying a Worksharp Knife sharpener. It is a belt system which means you get a convex edge, which will last a lot longer. It is also very versatile and easy to use. I loved it so much I ended up buying the Ken Onion version along with the 12"x1" belt attachment. It is by far the easiest and the best knife sharpening system I have seen. And the basic Worksharp is about a 1/3 the cost of the Wicked Edge.
I agree about the work sharp. It is a great system for my knives I use/beat up at work. It gets them plenty sharp and does it quickly, but it does beat them up a bit. I don't have a WE, but I do ha e a Edge Pro. It's gets my finer knives much sharper and it's easier to be precise. Also, with the Work Sharp is easy to round off the tip of your blade. It's actually very hard to not do it to some extent. The pliable belt will wrap around the tip a little when you get to the end of the blade.
I did the same thing and can't be happier with Work Sharp KO.