Posted By: Garrett
5 people found this review helpfulHad this for several years, easy setup with just a bit of practice. Does what it says, I find it is excellent for setting or correcting bevels especially when alternated with my tormek-style grinder to acheive accurate and symmetrical major corrections like thinning of bolsters. Very good for infrequent sharpening, a bit fiddley for daily touchup sharpening. I recommend avoiding fancy triple bevel grinds and such on working knives because when you return for the resharpen you will forget which knife had what set of angles or avoid resharpening for too long because of the extra time you spent on the first round. I have managed to put on full mirror polished bevels with a bit of time but very little fuss.
The stock stones and polishing tape grits are very servicable but kind of a wonky match up, I don't know what grading system they use(JIS PEMA FEMA ANSI etc) or the letter hardness. The low grits are on the soft side but very effective up through 400; the 600 and 1000 stones(mine are the same color, the new photos show them as different so this may have changed) are very hard and haven't worn at all so the grit has rounded smooth and they now polish rather than sharpen, get something aftermarket for this range maybe a 1000 or 2000 nubatama/chosera/shapton. The polishing tapes work well enough but you will cut a few in practice, again not sure which grit system is used, the stock 1000 stone is finer than the 2000 tape. When you nick them just continue the nick right back out to the edge of the tape in a nice smooth cresent, if you just leave it hang it will catch and tear more. The better route is to ignore the tapes and just get a couple fancy finer stones. I have not tried the strop options but I can see free hand stropping as more practical/quicker.
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