The Sharpmaker is for touching up edges, not for reprofiling very dull knives. Even with the extra course stones, it still might take you hours to get your kitchen knife sharp.
How are those ruby stones holding up? Do they dish or change shape as they wear?I disagree with this statement. You just need to get right stones. I reprofiled several of my knives without any problem and it didn't take much time. I use 150 and 320 grit ruby Congress stones.
How are those ruby stones holding up? Do they dish or change shape as they wear?
Thanks. They look like a good alternative to the diamond sleeves.Ruby stones supposed to use wet, but I use them dry and I use very coarse flat stone with water to clean them when they get loaded and keep them flat.
Ruby stones are very inexpensive and will wear, but probably will last me for a few years. All depends on use.
) I would have to concur that the Sharpmaker is much more of a "maintaining tool" than it is an aggressive sharpener. I've often wondered why Spyderco didn't come out with a very aggressive sharpening stone for the 204 kit :confused: .[/QUOTE said:I concur also. Maybe Spyderco could come out with the "Sharpmaker-205 model." With A 10 degree slot and a set of really course stones to handle the re-profiling issue.
How often do you have to clean the stones? I have tried to sharpen my Endura a couple times and I clean the stones every time and still feel they do not perform well. I am newer at sharpening but I am also getting very frustrated that my edges do not stay sharp long at all.
How often do you have to clean the stones? I have tried to sharpen my Endura a couple times and I clean the stones every time and still feel they do not perform well.How old is your Sharpmaker? New coarse (if you can call them that) stones will remove steel, but they'll do it very slowly. They need to be broken in a bit before starting to cut the steel very well. Rub the edges of the rods together a bit and you should see an increase in their cutting.
I am newer at sharpening but I am also getting very frustrated that my edges do not stay sharp long at all.
As mentioned the magic marker trick is a good way to see where you're taking off steel. Also make sure that you're holding the knife very still as you pull it across the rod.
The most important thing about getting good results with the Sharpmaker is to make sure you're comfortable using it. Find a place where you can go through the entire range of motion fluidly and make sure the table you're using isn't too high or too low. You need to make sure that the angle of your wrist isn't changing along the entirety of the stroke, if it does the angle at which you're removing steel will change and you won't get an even edge.