I am using sharpmaker about five years and absolutely love it. The best 50 bucks I ever spent.pa 1 wrote:I would like to buy some kind of sharpening equipment, mainly to sharpen knives, but also because it seems like a good skill to have. I have heard good things about the sharpmaker, but wonder what the other opinions are out there. I wonder if the sharpmaker is "cheating"; I hear it's that easy once you get the hang of it, but on the other hand, my main goal is to get the knives sharp, not to impress anyone. I would appreciate some advice.
I guess I just thought that that tool, the Sharpmaker, made it so easy that some would consider it not really a skill. Not that this really matters: I want sharp knives! I guess what I am wondering is if I should buy a stone, and do it that way? I also see guys sharpening them with those kitchen kinds of implements. I'm bad enough at that with my junk kitchen knives, that I was hoping there was a better way to get it done. It seems like a real art.bh49 wrote:I am using sharpmaker about five years and absolutely love it. The best 50 bucks I ever spent.
Regarding other option take a looks at this website
also search youtube. It is very nice to see many different systems in action.
Any system has limitations, your choice should depend on your needs. Also with time, if you need you can expand. Like buy additional stones, making jigs and fixtures. I beleive that sharpmaker is great to start. Also will be very helpful to read about sharpening to understad what are you doing.
I am not sure what do you mean about "cheating"? Is riding motorcycle instead of bicycle "cheating"? Or just different kind of ride?
Good luck, learning to sharpen can be fun.
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