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    I always had the impression that a motorized system would fix all of my wobbly edge problems. After all, my hand moving so much during the motion is what causes all these different angles on the edges. If I could just hold my hand still while it grinds away, I'll have the perfect edge.

    I thought that, until I started grinding my own knives

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    So it's not worth the money?

    I should start by saying that I'm not a professional knife sharpener. I sharpen my knives on a whetstone (Shun 300/1000) and just got the polishing stone (1000/6000). I've gotten pretty good and am happy with the results. But when I saw this, I thought that it would be a big time-saver, but now you guys have discouraged me. American Test Kitchen, whom I usually trust, doesn't like it - http://www.cooksillustrated.com/equi...sp?docid=36882 - but they also recommend one of those cheap electric sharpeners, which I'm morally opposed to for some reason. So I guess I'm wondering whether there is anything wrong with this, whether it is a waste of money, or whether it is just an easier (even if expensive) way to use a whetstone. Also, I live in a small apartment, so a professional sharpener really isn't an option. Thoughts?

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    @RES
    There are three main reasons I won't be buying one:
    1. Edge customization seems like it would be difficult. Maybe I want an edge that's different from the standard edge the 'basic' stone gives. Some knives respond better to different angles, grits, stones, etc.
    2. For me (and many other members on this site) collecting and sharpening knives is a hobby. It's fun to check your edges, experiment and eventually improve.
    3. It costs $300! For that much you could get a setup that is far more versatile and gives a much better final edge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew H View Post
    @RES
    There are three main reasons I won't be buying one:
    1. Edge customization seems like it would be difficult. Maybe I want an edge that's different from the standard edge the 'basic' stone gives. Some knives respond better to different angles, grits, stones, etc.
    2. For me (and many other members on this site) collecting and sharpening knives is a hobby. It's fun to check your edges, experiment and eventually improve.
    3. It costs $300! For that much you could get a setup that is far more versatile and gives a much better final edge.
    Don't forget that this is for a single stone. No finer grits.

    I will say this. I have used this sharpener several times. It works..alright. It has problems with the tips on the Ken Onion Shuns, has a tendency to catch if you aren't careful on the tip. I actually like the edgeware electric knife sharpener better, of course, saying that, I'm not actually a fan of electric sharpeners.

    The main problem I have with this:
    Shun pushed this out right after they got rid of the free sharpening service. I know this isn't a big deal to most people here, who sharpen their own knives. But for a lot of regular customers, it was a big selling point(I should know, I used it as a selling point), and to see them push out sharpeners barely six months after they renege on a promise that was on their brochures, website, and advertisement, is just insulting.
    I make it a point, when I work at WS, to always highly recommend they let a professional sharpen their knives, instead of using a machine like this.

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    so.......all i see is a bunch of....

    Horse CRAp!! all i want to know is how i buy one of these Shun Professional Electric Whetstone Knife Sharpeners.all the google searches bring me to lame ass places like this.so i finnaly joined this one after DAMN 7 hourse of searching,and only find bloody forums,and a place that apparently USED to carry the item but sdoesnt.i have clicked and been to 130+ DIFFERENT websites,and not even SHUN.Com offers a place to purchase this beast.so my question to ANYONE, Where Would I Go Top Buy MySelf one of these Items.please! some one offer me some useful information.i would really enjoy having one of these.

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    wat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plimoges View Post
    Horse CRAp!! all i want to know is how i buy one of these Shun Professional Electric Whetstone Knife Sharpeners.all the google searches bring me to lame ass places like this.so i finnaly joined this one after DAMN 7 hourse of searching,and only find bloody forums,and a place that apparently USED to carry the item but sdoesnt.i have clicked and been to 130+ DIFFERENT websites,and not even SHUN.Com offers a place to purchase this beast.so my question to ANYONE, Where Would I Go Top Buy MySelf one of these Items.please! some one offer me some useful information.i would really enjoy having one of these.
    try searching on duckduckgo...1st few hits for 'shun electric whetstone'...or just learn to sharpen correctly here...good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by EdipisReks View Post
    wat.
    +1

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    It is a William Sonoma exclusive

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    Quote Originally Posted by sw2geeks View Post
    It is a William Sonoma exclusive
    Looks like it has been discontinued:

    http://reviews.williams-sonoma.com/3...er/reviews.htm

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