I've gotten to the point in life that I just don't care for the sharpening ritual. I'm more inclined to buy or choose a knife based on its ability to easily take a keen edge more so that it's ability to hold that edge. My everyday use knife is an old Kershaw Lever Lock with (IIRC AUS 6 steel) It takes a marvelous edge with just a couple of swipes on the Sharpmaker. I bet it's been a good decade or more since this knife has seen the oil stone. Knife number #2 on my desk is an old Old Timer that is just super easy to sharpen. Again. just a few swipes are all it takes & that old friend is back in business. Knife #3 on the desktop is an old ATS 34 Benchmade 350. Nice knife, but,the ATS 34 never appealed to me. It feels like it "smears" when I try to sharpen it.