Some Important Notes about The Wicked Edge System:
1. It's capable of edge perfection well beyond anything else out there. The closest I've seen comparatively is the Edge Pro Professional Model with all the accessories. When I say edge perfection --- I really mean it.
2. It really does take a LONG time to achieve edge perfection. If you stop at 1,000 grit on the diamond stones --- it's not THAT bad time wise, however ---- if you go for any of the edges that I produce which have an apex thickness of under 1 micron -- it takes time.
3. If you're not careful --- at some point --- you're likely to nick yourself. It can be minor or substantial -- depending on force of contact and how sharp the blade is at time of contact. Like it was said above --- it's not idiot proof.
4. You need to truly understand the concept of forming a bur and effectively removing it, in order to take full advantage of the system. Otherwise -- you'll get mixed results.
5. Initially -- your results will be a little less than ideal --- once the stones are broken in -- you can achieve perfection.
6. You may have some slight bevel height variation -- some people think it's due to a change in the angle --- others accurately point out that it has to die with the varying thickness of the edge as you get closer to the tip. I think it's more of the second issue. There are some remedies to try to reduce or avoid this --- however --- I personally love the look and don't care to change anything.
7. Expect to dish out quite a bit more cash to get the different assortment of accessory stones/strops if you're shooting for perfect mirror polished edges.
8. A sharpie and digital angle cube are your best friend.
9. Prepare for other knife enthusiasts to occasionally make bitter/jealous comments about the extreme overkill of mirror polished edges. These are the same voices who criticized Noss, Jerry Busse, and others who took every opportunity to push their knives to the next "unnecessary" level.
10. Know that your knife will perform so much better than everyone else's due to significantly improved edge geometry. Your knife will effortlessly cut down trees and the bruised egos of all the haters.
Cheers to Perfection!
Great post Rob, Thank You!
Yeah I am pretty much sold on getting a WE, cant see any better way to work on a Busse.