Am I a traitor if I buy an Edge Pro Apex 4?

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Am I a traitor if I buy an Edge Pro Apex 4?

Postby btron » Mon Apr 07, 2014 3:57 am

The Edge Pro looks awesome so I'm thinking of investing in one. I would still use the SM for "on-the-go" sharpening like at work or hiking or something. Or if I'm just too lazy to set up the EP haha. I think I would just feel like a traitor if I ended up getting one. I don't even feel right if I carry a Benchmade for a day :p

Pretty much, is the EP worth it even if I do feel like a traitor? :o

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Postby razorsharp » Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:02 am

Id rather buy some shapton glass or shapton pro stones ;)

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Postby Gunslinger » Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:21 am

Hell, if I had the money I'd buy one and not feel guilty.
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Postby bornagainprimative » Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:43 am

I wouldn't think so I have been eyeing that up. Now convincing the lady I need one and what it's for is a whole other deal. lol

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Postby bh49 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 5:11 am

btron wrote: Pretty much, is the EP worth it even if I do feel like a traitor? :o
I cannot tell you about EP, but last summer I bought WE Field & Sport and feel great about it. Made my life much easier, when I need to reprofile or repair. Still using sharpmaker between reprofiling.
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Postby FCM415 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:11 am

It would make alot of people traitors then because I know alot of Spyderco fans own different brand sharpeners. And with the same logic, if you own any non Spydie knife... Well you get the idea.

Other sharpeners offer different capabilities so I own several different rigs. . Sharpmaker and EP are key cogs in my system.
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Postby opusxpn » Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:22 am

There is no such thing as being a traitor for using different brands, I have different brands of knives and different sharpeners, but I do prefer Spyderco knives over others as far as sharpeners it all depends what I am doing and what I am sharpening. SO the answer is No you should not feel like a traitor.
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Postby Donut » Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:30 am

I figure if Spyderco, or any other company, doesn't make a product to compete with it, then it's fair game.
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Postby gaj999 » Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:35 am

I use the EP to reprofile and the SM 30 degree side for touching up the micro bevel.

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Postby nccole » Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:36 am

I will probably be getting one next month. I don't feel like a traitor at all. They will do two different things in my setup. I will be using the EP to re-profile and repair damage, but the SM will be used for micro beveling and touch-ups. The EP will be replacing a GATCO guided rod system that has served its purposes, but has some downfalls. Now if Spyderco came out with a different setup to do some serious re-profiling, I would consider that more heavily because of brand loyalty, but Spyderco doesn't have anything that competes with the EP in my opinion.

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Postby senorsquare » Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:42 am

There are a lot of folks around here, myself included, that use an EP or WE in conjunction with the sharpmaker. I use the Edge Pro to reprofile my edges and used the Sharpmaker for touch ups to keep them sharp.

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Postby Evil D » Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:44 am

Buy the cheapest Edge Pro you can and then buy your choice of other stones that are compatible.
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Postby Therealtwitch » Mon Apr 07, 2014 6:46 am

I bought my edge pro before I bought any of my spydercos. I love the edge pro. It is super easy to learn to use and gives wonderful results. For the money I personally think it's the best system out. Mine payed for itself. Once people at work found out the edge I could produce everyone wanted a knife sharpened. And I don't feel at all guilty about making my spydies super sharp on it!

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Postby bakergh » Mon Apr 07, 2014 8:41 am

I've been looking at the Edge Pro for a while now mainly because the SM doesn't work very well for re-profiling edges. I still don't have anything that can take a really dull edge back up to razor sharp. That said I think as others have suggested that the SM would still come in handy for touch ups after you do the heavier work on the SM. I haven't ordered one quiet yet but plan to after my wife forgets about my last $200 purchase.

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Postby LC Kid » Mon Apr 07, 2014 9:22 am

[quote="bakergh"] after my wife forgets about my last $200 purchase [/quote]


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Postby gull wing » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:18 am

Edge Pro for reprofileing, Sharpmaker for maintaining.
On a new knife(or one that is quite dull) the EP makes reprofileing much less a chore.
On many knives I have only used the EP only once.
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Postby Evil D » Mon Apr 07, 2014 10:59 am

bakergh wrote:I've been looking at the Edge Pro for a while now mainly because the SM doesn't work very well for re-profiling edges. I still don't have anything that can take a really dull edge back up to razor sharp. That said I think as others have suggested that the SM would still come in handy for touch ups after you do the heavier work on the SM. I haven't ordered one quiet yet but plan to after my wife forgets about my last $200 purchase.
Sure you do, your Sharpmaker will, especially if you have the diamond rods, it may just take a lot more time. Look at it like this, that time spent reprofiling will go a long way to building muscle memory and you'll be really proficient at using the SM after reprofiling a few knives.
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Postby Clip » Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:24 pm

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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Postby SolidState » Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:24 pm

Many of us use EP to reprofile, myself included. It's a great system. EP + Sharpmaker is great for final bevels.
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Postby btron » Mon Apr 07, 2014 1:24 pm

Hey guys, thanks for the replies! I'm actually looking to get into freehand sharpening. Not sure if I want to spend the money on Shapton or Chosera stones yet, but I was looking at the Naniwa Super Stones.


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