- Feb 3, 2001
Excellent post! I don't have the patience for guided systems but there is plenty of useful information here that applies to any sharpening method, thanks!
Thank you, krazichinaman .
I also jumped on and "ruined" a few good knives at the beginning.
Thinking back now, I probably took the "hype" of guided systems that they are very easy to use and to get a good result.
In fact, it is easy to get bad results with them, unless you really learn benefits and risks of using these systems.
Amen to this. It has as much learning curve as freehand, for me. The main advantage I've found to EP is that, once proficient, I could get a more consistent edge bevel than I could get when freehand sharpening. And maybe, get knives done a little faster.
@miso2, about the venev #80: I find that unlike some very coarse stones such as SiC stones I've used, I can actually get an edge with a pretty decent finish and I do hit the edge with it, I can actually deburr and get it sharp enough to slice receipt paper--with a large thick 1095 hunting blade. I wouldn't say anyone who has the #150 would strictly "need" the #80, you can definitely get done what you need to do. But I think for me, I have a fair number of knives I want to completely reprofile and for those I do on the EP vs freehand, I will use the #80 because it's just that much faster.
I will get the stone and try.