I own the EP 4 w/ Choseras, set of 5 DMT 8x3 diamond plates + 8x3 UF, and recently the Sharpmaker. If I were to sell them all and start over, I'd get a set of the Shapton Glass. Second choice would be bare-bones EP with set of Shapton or Choseras. I find that free handing gets me results quicker than the setup time of the EP, more control over my bevels and its a lot easier to not round the tips. The hard part is the freehand learning curve. I don't get perfectly flat, mirrored, symmetrical edges but I can turn a dull knife sharp again and restore or maintain a very fine tip.
Playing around with the Sharpmaker, and its a great tool to touch up an existing edge on the road. However, reproducing was taking way too long with the M rodsso I wrapped 220 grit wet/dry paper around them and they worked some better, but ended up using a small 1x4 coarse diamond stone to set the initial bevels.
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