So, my Sharpmaker isn't coming. (sucks I know) I could order another but I got thinking about something else. Maybe I could fit the Spyderco sharpmaker rod in the EP. Then I would have hassle free stones and would last just about forever. Also cheap and easy!
I happen to have a UF rod that I got for sharpening my serrated knives. So I put my thinking cap on and this is what I came up with.
First problem you run into is that the rod is 7 inches long. EP stones are 6 inches and the system is designed for that. So I removed the brass tube between the black ball and the blank holder and replaced it with in shorter item. In this case I used a nut I had around the house. Later I will replace the bolt with shorter brass tubing.
Second problem is the rod isn't made for the system! The differance is the EP rod that runs ontop of the stone will now run along side the Spyderco rod. From my sharpening so far, you will have to lower your angle about 3-4 to sharpen the angle you want. (if you want 18 degrees you will have to set at 14-15.)
And last but not least, IT WORKS!!! Not as mirror polish as I would like. I'm betting because I didn't have a stone between my 600 grit Congress stone and the UF rod.
I will be ordering a medium rod and a fine rod soon. More to come!!