I'll jump in and say I really like the EP too. Maybe it's a gateway drug to better sharpening because I am beginning to think about freehand sharpening :D. But even if I transitioned to freehand I would keep the EP, for sharpening the in laws and my parents knives. It has really taught me what is possible and while I don't doubt that given time to develop the skill free handing could be better, I am happy for now, although I am tempted to buy a couple stones from JKK or JNS to see what the fuss is all about:D.
Part of the issue is I would rather buy some knives than more stones since all my knives are old SS German Henkel's from the 90's and old Sabatier's from the 40's and 50's (which actually aren't too bad).
A couple more I use and EP posts and I may be able to come out of the EP closet. :)
Sinners - you're all going to hell! :D
Ain't nothing wrong with jigs used by humans.
I think the boss of them all (at least from the looks of it) is the wicked edge.
I've never been tempted by jigs, but this one seems pretty well thought out.
Some interesting aside information about factory edge vs whetstone edge performance based on mechanized blade testing. (Note: it might be biased by the study's funding source.)
Who's gonna mess with the guys who bought the DMT's and holders from Marko? What, no J Nats? :D
Justin surmised it up perfectly. Well said. Read it again or save the feedback and read it again after a year with the EP.
I do it both ways but prefer my EP bevels to free-hand anyday. But then again, I ait no Mike Henry, Pierre, Marko, THEORY, PTiger either. No question, there are many on here that have prefected free-hand sharpening. They have my respect.
Although I do finish the blade freehand, balsa and leather strop, I still sharpen on the EP. The thing that sucks about the EP is set-up time. PIA getting the angle t set up correctly for each knife too. In my opinion, thats half of the battle. Its still my preferred sharpening device.
Originally Posted by Justin0505
The WE reminds me of a Nordic Trac machine from the early 90's:lol2:
I do like how it is easier to set different bevels on each side.