I have reviewed some of the older posts on sharpeners and do plan on getting an Edge Pro Apex set to start my learning on the sharpening of knives. I know that electric knife sharpeners are shunned by probably most users here, but I travel a lot with work sometimes for months at a time and need to have something user friendly for the wife as she would not take the time to learn how to set up a jig or to learn how to freehand.
That being said are there any decent electric sharpeners out there that put a good edge on knives? She uses a Wusthof Classic Block Set, but I am shopping for Japanese blades and am sure she will fall in love with those once the fear of them wears off. So maybe even one with the 15 degree bevel as well?
I am new here and just getting into studying up on the Japanese variety of knives so all recommendations would be appreciated. We both work full time jobs, she goes to school full time working on her Bachelor's, and we run a small home business so time constraints are limited and ease of maintenance would be a plus.
Thank you for your time and thoughts on this.
The issue with electric sharpeners is the amount of material they eat. Any knifes lifespan will be greatly reduced if taken to an electric sharpener frequently.
Best recommendation would be a ceramic rod.
ChefsChoice in one of the higher end models. They work great and do not remove all that much metal if you stay off the first stage until its really needed. For the average person, the edge they produce is light years ahead of what they been using.
I appreciate the info and will look into it. I may get it and duct tape the course slot so that task for when I am at home with a stone on the Edge Pro.
Electric sharpeners can also jack up your profile pretty quick, if you're not very consistent with your stroke or if you're too tentative. Some of them can also overheat your edge.
I did not even think about it heating the blade up. I appreciate that and will have to think more on the electric as an option.
Stropping is another option. A nice hard felt strop from Marko or a nice horse hide from Dave loaded w/ 0.25 poly diamond spray will, depending on the knife, keep an excellent edge going for months.
Much cheaper than some electric pos, and it will compliment your EP or waterstone setup vs being bannished to storage when youre home.
As much as i love and learned from my EP, Id actually recommend getting the strop setup first and see if you get into the freehand thing more than you might have expected.
Stropping good carbon is easy, fun, and almost magical how well it works.
For that matter some newsprint over a hard surface used as a strop can help maintain a well setup edge, and actually provides a excellent smooth, yet toothy finish for after your stones. Either of the above options (felt or leather) are excellent choices, but the newsprint is free, and if you live in a neighborhood like mine...magically renews itself every morning lol :).
Originally Posted by Justin0505
I agree completely on stropping carbon steel being almost magical. I remember the first time I used newsprint after my stones. 'Whoooooaaaaaa' just about sums it up lol. Oh, and for the record...I now have four felt strops lol, loaded with .5u, 1u, 3u, and 6u diamond paste.
You know while I have "graduated" from the chef's choice, it's occurs to me now that using the course setting on the asian chef's choice model to put the first bevil on a knife I am going to make 15 degrees with a 20 degree micro bevel may not be all that bad an idea.
The point is when I "fix" all my friends (cheap) non j-knives (i.e. all of which seem to be made with 53-56 HRC german soft steel) to a 15 degree primary and 20 degree microbevel, I do the 15 using pretty course stones to start my progression and it is time consuming even with DMT plates
But now i am thinking while I'm gonna refine the 15 degree angle with stones of course before putting the final micro bevel on with a really fine stone does the first stage of a chef's choice really remove any more metal then i am doing when I reset the primary bevel?? It sure is a lot faster...
All great recommendations. I planned on getting a strop in the near future. I will look into it, but do not know who Marko or Dave are. Still getting to know the community. I appreciate everyone's advice and time.