I told my brother I wanted to learn to sharpen knives (I'm 50 years old and have never really done it), and this is what he brought me from a box in his garage this weekend:
He swears I gave it to him with a bunch of other stuff years ago, but I couldn't find a memory of it. It was 100% brand new before I put my grubby paws on it. The pamphlet is dated 1982, the clamp is sturdy and solid, and the orange case closes so well that it's a bit of a pain to open again. All good stuff!
Anyway, I spent a few hours sharpening a set of dull VG-MAX Shun knives to paper-slicing, hair-shaving sharp, but didn't have the guts to try it on my Spyderco knives just yet. Interestingly, I only used the clamp and guide on the first knife...the rest were done freehand with those tiny stones, but I loved it. Now I'm thinking I need a Sharpmaker and a couple of Spyderco bench stones. Or maybe the diamond Tri-Angle stones?
Who has some recommendations for me, considering my end game is to sharpen freehand?
Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes by itself.
Dragonfly 2, Para Military 2, Native 5 Lightweight, Chaparral Lightweight, Para 3