rodloos wrote:Don't let ZDP-189 intimidate you, you just need to touch it up every once in awhile *before* it gets extremely dull. It's hard to go wrong with the Sharpmaker if you have that, and adding the diamond rods for it makes it pretty straightforward to sharpen even duller knives. The key is patience, and being sure to hold the knife consistently, and using light steady pressure.
If you do get the Sharpmaker, be sure to watch the video that comes with it, Sal demonstrates how to use it. (The video *might* also be available on YouTube?? I don't have access to YouTube from work.)
What rodloos said! Don't let ZDP intimidate you. I have both the Caly 3 CF and 3.5 CF and my buddy has the 3.5 G-10.
I would take the CF over the G-10 any day. His G-10 wears faster and looks shiny, even after cleaning it with soap and water. The 3.5 CF feels better in the hand, IMO. And you can't go wrong with ZDP-189.
My first sharpening experience with ZDP was on an Endura. I got super frustrated because it took a long time. Yet, with patience, I got it to a mirror edge. It still has that edge and is super sharp. VG-10 is a great steel, but I'd take ZDP in the 3.5 over VG-10. Offers a more quality knife, one to be proud of, IMO.