Zatx wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 07, 2019 7:29 pm
FullCircleHook wrote: ↑
Thu Feb 07, 2019 6:27 pm
I’ll also say that it is completely possible to get the same results with the KME. It just takes a bit more work doing one side at a time.
I now use the KME after trying every other sharpening system under the sun. However, I still use my Sharpmaker with UF stones to touch-up blades that were profiled on the KME. When I get a new knife, I don't carry it until I've had the chance to sit down and put a mirrored bevel on it using the KME diamond stones and diamond lapping films.
The KME doesn't take twice the work of the WE; it's the same amount of work, it just takes longer because you're doing one side at a time.
One misconception I see about the KME that I see mentioned in this thread is that it is hard to clamp Spyderco's FFG blades and get consistent angles from side to side. This isn't entirely true. I check my angles with a digital angle cube and nine times out of 10 I'm dead on with my first clamping attempt, and it just takes a few seconds to correct any misalignment.
Oh, and I also have had the Spyderco bench stones cut down to fit my KME sharpener (medium, fine, ultra-fine) and I'm anxiously awaiting their arrival!
That is not an accurate statement. Does trying everything under sun include the Wicked Edge Pro3?
When using the Wicked Edge pro you are most certainly saving time. Think about it there is no flipping of the knife and you are honing each side within a second of each other once you set your angle you are locked in.
Each side can also be set correctly to compensate for whatever bit of difference there is from taping the blade or using a piece of chamois clothe to prevent scratching where the clamp makes contact.
One thing I will also advise is if you are trying for ultimate precision (and I can not understand why anyone would accept less with an investment in expensive knives) as you move from grit to grit is that you would be wise to reset the angle with the cube, in order to be certain you are still at the degree you want. There are minor differences in width between grits that are become even bigger when going from Diamond to Ceramics.
When stropping you will need to adjust for that as well to prevent rolling the edge. With the WE you also have far better control than with a pistol grip handle even when there is a rod connected to a board. There is also the fatigue factor when re-profiling something that can be time consuming like S110V.
Not trying to sell one sharpening system over the other but the WE is clearly a far easier system to use and with the split jaws now is perfect for FFG blades. Another factor is the repeat-ability of being to mount the knife and maintain it afterwards The WE Pro makes this very easy just record your settings. I also use the plastic guide card and find that really helpful.
Is the KME a system capable of sharpening a knife beyond most peoples imagination? Yes it is but you are going to work harder for it and there is no way you can achieve the same degree of accuracy if that matters to you.
As I mentioned before I really like the Hapstone7 and it's ability to really get down into the low angles but it is more work than the Wicked Edge Pro and no where near as accurate.
Now get this though out of the current systems I have settled on including the Ken Onion Bench Grinder and several hand held worksharp devices I use the Spyderco Sharpmaker more than any of them.
Because these systems are great for re-profiling or going ultra mirror shine and insane sharp but at the end of the day I use the sharp-maker to maintain a great honed level of sharpness.
The only time I return to those systems is to re-profile which is almost never needed unless I decide I want to try creating a convex edge withe the WE or re-shine a mirrored bevel or perhaps put a scandi grind on a blade.
So many options out there have fun discovering them I know I did and am still enjoying the learning process as I go.