Welcome to the best room in this joint. Where are you? In my experience the Coughlans is not all that bad. What I've found to be the deciding factor is the actual scraping blade that you use. I hate that scraper style and have found that it takes off a proportionate amount of skin from my index finger. An onld hacksaw blade cut to about 4.5 inches with 1 inch taped for comfort should do you fine with the Coughlan's. If you really want to go Cadillac, get a burnishing tool/machete sharpener from the ax/saw section of your hardware store. I have one made by Corona and it makes things a lot easier.