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Edgepro Apex = OMG!

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by TyFrameLock, Aug 7, 2010.

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  1. TyFrameLock

    TyFrameLock Banned BANNED

    Nov 26, 2009
    I used to think that I could get a sharp edge on my Lansky diamond setup....well I was in the dark...

    Sprung for the apex because I couldn't get a sharp edge on my ZDP Acies, and figured it was time to upgrade.

    Def. took some time to get used to it, there is a learning curve, it probably would have helped to watch the dvd...but anyways...

    Now everytime I open my knives the air bleeds....

    The acies took 1.5 hours and is set @ *15

    The sebenza took .5 hours and is set somewhere ha, I had to move the arm about half an inch above the first mark because of the high hallow grind, and had to lay the secondary bevel flat on the table, which would have thrown the * marks way off, but I got it figured out. Put a sharpie mark there, I think it must be somewhere around 20* because it was close to the lansky 20*.

    And for the pictures...(cellphone shots, camera is down)
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2011
  2. banana-clip


    Jun 7, 2007
    Sweet looking edge, those knives look super sharp.

    I've been thinking about getting one to sharpen my knives with.
  3. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
    Looks nice, but how do those edges work on harder materials like plastic soda bottles? I've found the mirror edges not too useful for harder materials. Aside from splitting hairs, how do they hold up on various materials?
  4. Ankerson

    Ankerson Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002
    Congrats on the Edge Pro. :D

    Nice looking edges too. :)
  5. powernoodle

    powernoodle Power Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2004
    Welcome to The Brotherhood of the Mirrored Edge. :thumbup:
  6. TyFrameLock

    TyFrameLock Banned BANNED

    Nov 26, 2009
    We'll see when I put them to use @ work this week. For now they push cut newspaper like there's nothing there, and whittle hair into millions of pieces.

  7. Mike157

    Mike157 Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 29, 2006
    Beautiful. I've been looking at the EdgePro for quite some time myself. My sharpening skills are not where I'd like them to be and if I new I could bring my edges back like that when needed, I might actually use my better EDC's more often instead of being such a wimp.
  8. DennisStrickland

    DennisStrickland Banned BANNED

    Jun 24, 2009
    swmp4l i believe i'm going to get one of those . ankerson uses them & i saw the results when he shipped them back. i love that mirrir edge thanks dennis
  9. Heiheit


    Feb 4, 2009
    I just bought an apex and it should be arriving soon. I've gone through so many systems like the sharpmaker, dmt aligner, paper wheels, diamond benchstones, and others. I hope that the apex will make all of these obsolete. Great looking edges you have there; what polishing tape did you go up to? Mine comes with 1k and 3k, but im going to buy the 6k and an extra 120.
  10. termiteslayer


    Dec 18, 2009
    M4 and ZDP 189 are the only metals that I have that do pretty well with a mirror edge. My Seb does better with a toothed edge. It's easier to sharpen than my other S30V blades, too.

    me - no expert
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  11. giant1


    May 9, 2007
    Great edges. good on you. :thumbup:

    I also have an Apex on it's way to me and cannot wait to get it.
  12. audiboy711


    Feb 24, 2008
    Nice edges, i have an edge pro on the way as well. what was the finest grit you used? have you upgraded to any aftermarket stones cut and mounted for the apex?
  13. sodak

    sodak Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 26, 2004
    I like the mirror edges, I take mine down to 3000 tape. If you want rougher edges, stop at the 180 or 220 and you're good.

    Those are some seriously nice looking edges!
  14. jimh0220

    jimh0220 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 15, 2008
    Tactical blade with a chef's knife bevel? Very sharp? yep. But at what price in edge durability......
  15. nevermind35


    Aug 14, 2009
    Very nice bevels you have there. I too have been seriously considering buying an Apex to try cut my reprofiling times down.
  16. Heiheit


    Feb 4, 2009
    A highly polished bevel such as the ones pictured are in fact more durable than one with a coarse finish, I don't want to open a can of worms so I'll leave it at that.
  17. jkarp_53

    jkarp_53 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 25, 2006
    For my purposes I mainly use the 320 and 600 grit stones and finish off on a strop loaded with buffing compound and/or the EP 1200 grit rod that comes with the kit.

    Moving from benchstones to the SharpMaker, and then to the EP Apex has changed my sharpening life...it's SO much esier now to maintain my knives.
  18. stitchawl


    Jul 26, 2008
    I have/had all those systems too. Nice, but nothing compares with an EdgePro! That said, I still use my Sharpmaker in the kitchen for weekly touch-ups, and the DMT Aligner clamp with sandpaper for backpack carry. The blades all get put on the EdgePro at least twice a year, then maintained with either Sharpmaker or strops.

    I looooove to make mirror edges... Wait until you mount a good piece of horsehide to an EdgePro stone blank and strop with that... THAT is a mirrored edge!

  19. Finchwizard


    Nov 15, 2009
    I started with the Sharpmaker, and it did well on Spyderco knives, but anything else where the angles weren't near the 30/40 then it wouldn't work so well.

    Then moved to some 8" DMT stones, and was getting pretty sharp on knives, but still not great on others.

    Then finally thought bugger it, sprung for an Edge Pro Professional, and insanely happy with it. All the knives I couldn't get any decent edge on but on this it's amazingly good.

    Really scary sharp on all the knives. And I think the biggest improvement is they are sharp from heel to tip, whereas before I'd get really sharp areas, then parts that weren't great.

    I can't believe I took this long to get one. Really great.


    Oct 29, 2005

    i have the 2500 tape, but rarely use it.

    typically ill go to either the 800 stone or the 1500 grit tape.
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