1. Welcome to the New & Improved BladeForums. New software info here. Please report problems in Tech Support, and read existing threads before posting! - Spark
  2. I've changed the default forum style to Flat Awesome based on feedback. Don't like it? Click here to change how the forums look Feedback on this is welcome here.

Costco Diamond Sharpener

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by nivekkoster, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. nivekkoster

    nivekkoster

    3
    Aug 25, 2006
    Hi all,

    I was at Costco today and I saw that they had a set of diamond sharpening tools. I can't recall the brand (Toolsmith or Worksmith, I know it's something-smith). It comes with a stone, a rod, and a smaller sharpener thing (sorry for the terminology).

    Has anyone seen this? What do you think of the set? I couldn't find the price tag, but it seems like it would be good for sharpening kitchen knives.

    Right now, I use this cheapo $1 stone and it doesn't work very well.

    Thanks for any input.
     
  2. LHD

    LHD

    319
    Feb 9, 2006
    It was probably a smiths. They are crap but work better than nothing if you understand that they will wear out much quicker than a quality stone and the edge quality you get will vary. I have one of thier rods for in the field touchups. Its $6 at walmart so if I lose it its not a big deal.

    Stay away from the V sharpeners though, theyre crap no matter which way you cut it.
     
  3. Lucky Bob

    Lucky Bob

    951
    Mar 31, 2006
    I actually think I have the set you're talking about. Mine didn't come with a rod, however. If it is what I think it is, it's... usable. All I had before the diamond kit, in terms of flat stones, was a pretty fine Arkansas, which takes forever to make any difference (yeah, I know, but ya work with what ya have.) Overall, for what, 20 bucks? it's decent, it'll get "reprofiling" done.
     
  4. tim8557

    tim8557

    878
    Nov 13, 2004
    I agree with Lucky Bob. I purchased the same gittup from COSTCO a year ago....no rod. It'll never replace my Edge Pro nor Japanese Waterstones, but then it was never meant to. It is a very portable device for keeping your knives sharpened.

    We rented a house for a week in Northern Michigan this summer, and like most rentals, comes equipped with everything you need...including the dullest Kitchen Knives you 'll find (probably like in most Non-Knife Knuts kitchens). I put a very workable edge on these knives and then played a lot of golf:D
     
  5. TorzJohnson

    TorzJohnson

    Aug 4, 2001
    I wondered about those things. They used to sell some pretty good Arkansas stones for a good price, I still have a couple of 'em.
     
  6. nivekkoster

    nivekkoster

    3
    Aug 25, 2006
    Thank you all for the replies. When I go back to Costco again, I'll check the price. If it's only $20 for the whole thing, I'll buy it. I have several dull kitchen knives that could use a good sharpening.

    The cheapo $1 sharpening stone is just not cutting it.
     
  7. SOLEIL

    SOLEIL

    Mar 20, 2006
    The Smiths diamond sharpeners are not crap. They are sturdier and easier to use than Lansky, and a whole lot cheaper. I have both and have not been happy with the Lansky.
     
  8. LHD

    LHD

    319
    Feb 9, 2006

    Why are you using a V sharpener?
     
  9. SOLEIL

    SOLEIL

    Mar 20, 2006
    I am not using one of the carbide scraper V types. Was referring to the Smiths sharpening system with diamond stones
     
  10. LHD

    LHD

    319
    Feb 9, 2006
    I went back and read the post you were referring to. My problem with smiths is thier quick wear out period. If I get 6 months out of a stone I'm lucky. Most last 3-4 months. I think I end up buying them because they are so convenient.

    I would not put them up against a quality diamond benchstone like a DMT because there is no comparison.
     
  11. nivekkoster

    nivekkoster

    3
    Aug 25, 2006
    One more question. What kind of lubricant should I use on the diamond stone? I remember seeing a demo diamond stone in a sporting goods store and they just used water. Is water what you're suppose to use? Or are you suppose to use oil like on a regular stone?

    Thanks.
     
  12. Old CW4

    Old CW4 Banned BANNED

    870
    Sep 8, 2006
    Agree. A cheap sharpener is little better than a piece of brick. I use DMT "interrupted" diamond whetstones in several grits and sizes. Also mainly use my Edge Pro, a real jewel in my opinion. BTW, easy to adapt the six inch DMT diamond stones to the edge pro. They'll fit between the holders on the rod. I drilled four holes at each corner of the plastic bases of my DMT stones for small screws. Then used two springs between each pair of screws to hold the stone to the Edge Pro rod. Could also use rubber bands. Anyway, works like a champ. If you try this, use water and no downward pressure, just the weight of the rod and stone is enough. I sprinkle water on the stone each time I reverse the knife on the guide plate.
     

Share This Page