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Edge Pro VS EZE Sharp

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by bigbcustom, Jan 11, 2006.

  1. bigbcustom

    bigbcustom

    Dec 20, 2005
    Hi everybody,

    I am new to this forum, but I have read everything on this forum and other places I can find about sharpening systems. I have seen pictures of both the ez sharp and the edge pro, and I have read about both. Both are said by many to be the Cat's Meow. I was wondering if anybody out there has used both? and if so, which they prefer. The ez sharp is on sale for half price at wolf industries, so that makes it about half the price of the edge pro. Up until now I have used Spyderco ceramic bench stones with pretty good effect, but just barely manage to achieve "shaving" sharp. From what I understand, I should be able to do much better with one of these systems.

    thanks in advance,

    Brian
     
  2. louisianacook

    louisianacook

    67
    Dec 8, 2004
    I have both setup side by side right now in my garage, the purpose is to compare them fairly and discuss the highs and lows of each. I have the edge pro "pro" model BTW. It will take a few weeks to get used to each system, but I can give one or two comparisons right off the bat if you like.

    Lee
     
  3. bigbcustom

    bigbcustom

    Dec 20, 2005
    Lee,

    I would like............Compare away as much as your current impressions allow. The review of the ez sharp I read over at the swamp rat forum used spyderco ceramic bench stones of which I have a full set. I am interested in reading anything that you or someone else may have to say on the subject of these two sharpeners.

    Brian
     
  4. rjudoka

    rjudoka

    314
    Oct 11, 2003
    Bigbcustom,
    I have both and they are both good tools. I use the eze with psa paper up to 2500 grit. I took an 8 x 2 inch board and glued plate galss to both sides and use that setup instead of stones. If I had to choose between the two I would keep the eze sharp over the edge pro (apex model). It is more versatile imo.

    Rick
     
  5. D_R_Sharpening

    D_R_Sharpening Banned by Moderators

    157
    Dec 23, 2005

    Do tell!! :D


    --Dave--
     
  6. louisianacook

    louisianacook

    67
    Dec 8, 2004
    Well the first thing that really struck me about each was the quality, both are made very well. The eze sharp could be dropped off a building and still hold up, very big and heavy machine. There will be some limitation on what kinds of stones are used with the eze sharp, i.e. the stone holders are a PITA. It took me more time to get a stone in the holder for the eze sharp than it did to un box and sharpen one knife with the Edge Pro. Unless you have several stone holders, waterstones would be a major PITA with the Eze Sharp. I say this because they would require flattening often, and that means constant mounting and unmounting, which equals time. Fabing several maple blocks/ aluminum plates that could hold PSA film would be the fastest way to do things with the Eze Sharp IMHO.

    I can't comment on the blade holder for the Eze Sharp yet, I was sent a wedge instead of the flip. The wedge does seem rock solid for scissors etc however.
     
  7. D_R_Sharpening

    D_R_Sharpening Banned by Moderators

    157
    Dec 23, 2005
    Hi Lee,
    It (the EZE-Sharp) doesn't sound too good right out of the box. I hope the rest of your experiences with it are better. I'll keep an eye out in case you post again.

    Thanks for sharing!! :)


    --Dave--
     
  8. rjudoka

    rjudoka

    314
    Oct 11, 2003
    I will agree that right out of the box, the edge pro is easier to deal with. Just put it together, watch the dvd and sharpen. Not everyone has stones that fit the eze sharp. I only have two out of all of my stones that fit the supplied holders. However, with a very small investment of time and money a setup like mine makes the eze sharp a super rig. 6 pieces of 1/4 x 8x2 plate glass at the local glass shop cost me 16$. 3 pieces of scrap wood cut to 8x2 cost mea few minutes of time. Well worth the effort:thumbup:

    Rick
     
  9. bigbcustom

    bigbcustom

    Dec 20, 2005
    Rjudoka,

    Can the wedge be used for knives as well as scissors and the like?? I understand you can sharpen chisels and plane blades with the wedge which would make it really nice for me since I do those by hand now also. I am eagerly awaiting your comparison in sharpening knives with each of these set ups. Thanks for the information.

    Brian
     
  10. louisianacook

    louisianacook

    67
    Dec 8, 2004
    Knives on the wedge will prove to be difficult, there is no way to flip the knife to do the other side. If there way a way you could clamp it down on both side equally and the same everytime, sure. Again, more time clamping less time sharpening. Then again, it is not the easiest thing in the world to get a knife set on the blade table on the Edge Pro, practice will make it close to perfect however.

    The wedge looks very promising for single bevel blades however, though the single bevel blades I have would never see a machine sharpened edge.

    Unless something changes drastically, I don't see either being used for reprofilling. They both seem a little slow in this area. I use coarse waterstones by hand for this work and can use considerable pressure this way. Time will tell.
     
  11. rjudoka

    rjudoka

    314
    Oct 11, 2003
    Brian,
    Can't help you with that one, I don't have the wedge piece.

    Rick
     
  12. bigbcustom

    bigbcustom

    Dec 20, 2005
    Rick,

    Thanks for the post. I will amend my earlier post to say, "I am looking forward to your impressions and comparisons in the act of sharpening a knife on these two systems (the ez sharp and the edge pro)."

    Thanks,

    Brian
     
  13. Chris Meyer

    Chris Meyer Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 15, 2005
    I got an Eze-Sharp for Christmas. It came with the flip over plate for knives and was ordered with an extra stone holder. The extra holder was not necessary as my Eze-sharp came with three stone holders anyway. The Eze-sharp is rugged an well built. Although the instructions are lacking, it was easy to assemble. As someone already mentioned, getting the stones aligned in the holder is a chore. After that though, you're good to go.

    The sharpener works great, and the flip over plate is sweet! It holds the blade very securely and the pivot is spring loaded. just pull out on the plate and rotate it 180 degrees. (If I understand correctly, the Edge-pro does not lock the blade onto the machine, so you have to hold it. That would be a problem for a klutz like me.)

    One thing to note is that the Eze-Sharp's flip over plate is designed for long blades. Most pocket knives will be too short to get at the tip while it's in the holder. To correct this, the instructions recommend grinding curved cutouts (concave) into the corners of the holder. I did this; it only took about five minutes on the upper wheel of my Bader BIII's flat platen, but I seems like something the factory should do before you get the thing. Eze-sharp says that modifying the holder does not effect it's ability to hold long blades. I sharpened some kitchen knives after making the modification, and it still held the blades solidly.

    I am very pleased with my Eze-sharp and I highly recommend buying one, especially at the price that Wolff Industries is selling them for. I just ordered DMT diamond stones to mount in my stone holders. That way I won't have to worry about flattening stones that wear.

    Here is the link to Wolff Industries
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  14. Rat Finkenstein

    Rat Finkenstein Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2005
    which selection comes with three stone holders?
     
  15. Chris Meyer

    Chris Meyer Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 15, 2005
    My wife ordered me the "BLADE SHARPENER WITH 100 mm KNIFE FLIP AND STONE" Click here It came with two small holders and one large holder in one plastic bag, and another small holder in a separate bag. I assume the single holder was the extra one that my wife ordered.
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  16. BillL

    BillL

    239
    Jan 12, 2005
    Chris,

    You're lucky, you got a bonus stone holder. It comes with only 2, I had to order 1 more to get 3.
     
  17. Chris Meyer

    Chris Meyer Basic Member Basic Member

    Aug 15, 2005
    I'm glad to know that I made out for once. Maybe Santa threw in an extra holder because I'm so nice. [​IMG]
     
  18. Rat Finkenstein

    Rat Finkenstein Gold Member Gold Member

    May 18, 2005
    Thanks
    I just ordered the same kit, and an extra frame.:thumbup:
    How good (or bad) is the dual sided stone that comes with it?
     
  19. BillL

    BillL

    239
    Jan 12, 2005
    Rat,

    The stone seems pretty good to me although I haven't tried it yet. It's made in the USA.
     
  20. yuzuha

    yuzuha

    914
    Oct 25, 2004

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