edge pro options

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I am going to get an edge pro sharpening system. There are a few options I have been thinking about. Which package is would be the best ? Do I need the everything package or is the basic package enough for most people. I have a few D- 2, ATS-34,VG-10, and a few others. What are your thoughts on the subject?
 
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Guys what does your edge pro have with it ? Do I need all the stones or what do you think ?
 
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I got the edgepro professional mod and I believe that it came with the basic stones, however memory fails me. I did order some extra polishing tapes though, and I did have to eventually order another extra course stone, but that was after some time. The other stones are all in excellent shape. That should do you good.

let me know if you need anything else.

Cerberus
 
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Yeah, I would definitely go with the deluxe stone set. The basic set will get your blades sharp, but the finer stones will take them to the next level.
 
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If you're planning on reprofiling a lot of knives you might want to get an extra course and extra course stone as they will dish faster and see more use. Once you have the edge reprofiled to the angle you want you can polish it up with the finer stones, but they are just removing the scratch marks from the previous stone and not removing as much metal.

You will want to check your stones regularly for dishing. Just use a metal straight edge and see if they are wearing down towards the middle. If you let them get to dished it can lead to frustration when you try and sharpen your knives and can't figure out why they aren't getting sharp. The dished stone will screw up the edge angle and when you switch to a non-dished finer stone it won't match the angle the dished stone put on the edge and you wouldn't be hitting the edge with it.

To fix this you should get a piece of plate glass and some lapping grit, like 90x. Leevalley.com sells all this stuff and I highly recommend it to keep your stones in shape. Ben Dale provides some stuff to do this with, but I think myself and others have found the plate glass and silicon carbide is faster and more accurate than using your sidewalk and Ben's sand. :)

Following Ben's instructions and using the Edge Pro properly will help extend the life of the stones and reduce the dishing out of the stone, but I find I have bad habits and tend to not take the full strokes with the stone he recommends and I wear down the center of the stone faster than I should.
 
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