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Looking for a recommendation for a knife sharpener

I was leaning towards the Edge Pro.

What are you using and what are your likes/dislikes?

TIA

Edina, MN
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  • mark11mark11 Posts: 19
    I've been using an Edge Pro for a couple years and if you can live with the cost I doubt you'd ever be disappointed. Short learning curve and it works incredibly.
  • here is a good resource. I ended upbuying a stone with 400 on one side and 1000 on the other. My knoves have never been sharper. I will most likely add a few stones just to play around with it but 400 and 1000 will get the job done. It was like $40 at a kitchen store

  • TexanOfTheNorthTexanOfTheNorth Posts: 1,918
    edited April 2013
    Was looking at CT's link and noticed a post from VI about his wife cutting herself (several times)... anyone own and use one of these when you're cutting meat?

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  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 1,217
    My wife drops off the knives with the butcher at Kroger while she is shopping picks them up when she is done. No charge, been doing it for years now.
                                                                        
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    Large BGE 2006, Small BGE 2014
    Weber Gasser for the Wife. 
    Founding Member of the Green Man Group cooking team.
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • FanOfFanboysFanOfFanboys Posts: 1,409
    edited April 2013
    I recently got a stone. 1000/6000 Japanese water stone
    Long term learning to use a stone will be cheaper and sharper in terms of DIY options.
    Edit* I have this one http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0000DD2C9/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?ref_=cm_sw_su_dp
    Boom
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 7,178
    Go to the forums at chefknivestogo.com. They have a ton of info on starter stones and kits.
  • stlcharcoalstlcharcoal Posts: 739

    Chef's Choice 120 or 130.......no doubt.  They are about $150 and worth every penny.  I have the 130 which allows you to put a couple different edges on knifes.  It takes a while to figure out which knives need which edges, but it's all based on what you use them for.  Once you figure it out, it's a breeze. 

    I also have a knife maker  / commercial knife sharpening service locally, they charge you per the inch sharpened.  I would take my knives, axes, machetes, etc in there all at once, then go back the next day to pick them up. 

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  • pasoeggpasoegg Posts: 198

    I purchased a 1 X 42 inch belt sander after watching some you tube videos on knife sharpening....bought 5 different grits of belts to work with.  In a few trials on non kitchen knives I got the hang of it....can put a razor edge on a kitchen knife when using this sander and finishing with a leather belt with buffing compound....touch it up using the same leather belt...I could not spell wetstone much less use one...this sanders will sharpen a lot of things...easier than u think with a little practice....worth watching the videos if willing to make a small investment....

    "it is never too early to drink, but it may be too early to be seen drinking"

    Winston-Salem, NC

  • henapplehenapple Posts: 9,489
    I use plastic knives... Disposable :-/
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
  • BudgeezerBudgeezer Posts: 408
    ordered up the Edge Pro Apex, will post reviews once I get a chance to use it.
    Edina, MN
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 12,798

    I have a guy that lives at the end of the street. I take a good Tito's vodka and all my knives are sharp. He makes knives, just make and donated one to the Alamo.

     

    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini....

  • gdenbygdenby Posts: 4,008
    I bought an Edge Pro Apex a few years ago. It took a little practice. I started w. 2nd hand store dime knives. Now, between careful ceramic honing and the Edge Pro, my knives will cut most anything very smoothly.
  • egger aveegger ave Posts: 498
    I use a VSharp Xtreme edge.http://www.v-sharp.com/product/v-sharp-xe/ Use it in my shop, kitchen and fishing trips. Goof proof and works well for me

    1 Large BGE, 1 Mini BGE, Original wife and 4 dogs living in the heart of BBQ country in Round Rock Texas. "Friends don't let friends cook with propane"
  • HeathBarHeathBar Posts: 20
    Chefs choice is the best I've ever had.
    XL BGE 
  • DeckhandDeckhand Posts: 304
    I have a Chef's Choice... Use it only when a steel no longer gives a sharp edge.  Works well.
  • td66snrftd66snrf Posts: 563

    Here's what I use and I highly recommend this site. sharpeningsupplies.com

     

    http://www.sharpeningsupplies.com/Norton-3-Stone-IM313CIS-Arkansas-System-P317C5.aspx

    XLBGE, LBGE, MBGE, MINI, 2 Kubs, Fire Magic Gasser
  • JMSetzlerJMSetzler Posts: 75
    I purchased the EdgePro Apex 4 kit about six months ago.  When I was shopping for this stuff, I was looking at this as well as the Wicked Edge system.  While I think the Wicked Edge system is a better overall solution due to the way it works, it does cost more than the Apex kit and it also appears that the replacement accessories are also more expensive. 

    I went with the Apex 4 kit for a few reasons.  The first reason is because after watching a bunch of their videos on YouTube, I had every bit of confidence that I could sharpen anything I wanted to sharpen with this kit.  There is a bit of a learning curve with this system, so keep that in mind as you go.  Once I learned how to use it on some of my old cheap knives, I started putting some really seriously badassss edges on my pocket knives.  After that, I went back to some of my better kitchen knives and I'm completely happy with this system. 

    The biggest part of the learning curve with this system (and would have the same curve with the Wicked Edge) is learning the process to figure out exactly what your blade angle is and how to set the machine up for it.  Once you do that and make notes of it for each knife you have, repeating the process is no issue. 

    I'm quite happy with this purchase and would do it again.... as well as recommend it...  All I can say is take your time learning how to use it.  It's a fantastic tool.
  • 55drum55drum Posts: 67
    Bought this system a few months ago and really like it...once you get the hang of it...it rarley takes more than a couple of minutes to put on a razor edge....make sure you use a grinder with the wheels mounted as far apart as you can...I went with one from Harbor Freight for $40.00....GL

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  • hondabbqhondabbq Posts: 614
    Stones and a good steel.

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    Winnipeg based BBQ sauce company.

  • AD18AD18 Posts: 99
    Spyderco Sharpmaker.  Similar to other designs, but this one actually works very well.  Very happy with it. 
    Large BGE, Weber 22.5 kettle, Weber Genesis
    Cobourg, Ontario
  • wbbhwbbh Posts: 5
    AD18 said:
    Spyderco Sharpmaker.  Similar to other designs, but this one actually works very well.  Very happy with it. 
    Another vote for the Sharpmaker.  I tried various systems that held a stone at a fixed angle, but none of them worked as well or as easily as the Sharpmaker.  Mine came with a DVD that explains in detail how to use the Sharpmaker.  BTW, I use the stones to sharpen the blades on our food processor, mandolin and scissors.
  • horsefleshhorseflesh Posts: 161
    I have a low-end Chef's Choice unit and it is a piece of junk, IMHO. It marks up the knives, and it is very hard to use well. I find it's basically impossible to sharpen the last inch or so of any knife with it. It is better than nothing, but not by much. I only use it because in my 4 decades on this Earth I have never been able to learn to sharpen a blade manually. Without fail, I always make them worse.

    I would love to find an automagical sharpener that worked easily and well.

  • egger aveegger ave Posts: 498
    I have a low-end Chef's Choice unit and it is a piece of junk, IMHO. It marks up the knives, and it is very hard to use well. I find it's basically impossible to sharpen the last inch or so of any knife with it. It is better than nothing, but not by much. I only use it because in my 4 decades on this Earth I have never been able to learn to sharpen a blade manually. Without fail, I always make them worse.

    I would love to find an automagical sharpener that worked easily and well.

    The VSharp Xtreme is goof proof. I have a $600 rig I use for sharpening my lathe tools and drawer full of stones and VSharp gets used for my knives. The VSharp keeps the angle between the blade and the stone consistent and correct. That's the hard part when sharpening without a jig.
    1 Large BGE, 1 Mini BGE, Original wife and 4 dogs living in the heart of BBQ country in Round Rock Texas. "Friends don't let friends cook with propane"
  • sariverssarivers Posts: 67
    edited April 2013
    I've been using a simple butcher's steel for more than 40 hears.  Not the same one.  Once you learn to sharpen a knife with butcher's steel you will never have another dull knife.  Only takes a few strokes once or twice a month.  I usually hit the knife with a few strokes before I start cleaning a big piece of meat. Takes less than half a minute.
    Columbia, SC

  • JustacookinJustacookin Posts: 172
    I have been waiting to chime in here has any body tried the work sharp knive and tool wskts sharpener you can buy for 70 bucks. My neighbor prides himself in knive sharpening has all the stones,wheels and anything else you can think of. I showd him my chrismas gift and he just about fell over you can carve your name in a piece a paper and it takes no learning curve. I like sharp knives and this is a great product.

     

    XL in Bloomington MN.
  • pasoeggpasoegg Posts: 198

    I have less than $300 in the 1" X 42" belt sander and belts for sharpening.  Multiple uses with this so I find it hard to spend big $$$ on a specific knife sharpener that will work no better and not as versatile.

    "it is never too early to drink, but it may be too early to be seen drinking"

    Winston-Salem, NC

  • LitLit Posts: 2,226
    You can get the king stone 1000/6000 for $50 and in 5 minutes make a knife sharp enough to shave your arm.
  • BudgeezerBudgeezer Posts: 408

    Just received the Edge Pro Apex and sharpened all the knives in our block.  After about the 7 or 8th knife I got the hang of it.  So far I really like it and our knives have never been sharper.

    Edina, MN
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