Posted By: R. Cummings
- verified customerMy great-great grandfather was a blacksmith. My great grandfather was a blacksmith. My grandfather was not a blacksmith but he had the tools and sharpened items for the community for a little extra cash. He taught me how to sharpen an axe, a hoe, a kitchen knife, a pocket knife and a host of other things. Through the past 60 years or so I have been practicing, and I am a decent (but not professional) free hand sharpener. I can get things pretty sharp ? shaving sharp ? but not nearly so sharp as with the Edge Pro Apex with the Chosera stones. Wow. It works. Fast.The worst thing about the set are the standard 220 and 330 grit stones. They work if you work at it, but are not the fastest cutters around. Raise a burr, though, and on to the Choseras. These stones are fast cutters and leave a mirror like edge that is Alien Sharp. I hear the term ?scary sharp? a lot, and the movie that scared me the most was ?Alien?, so I'll use Alien Sharp as a stage beyond mere fear. The Edge Pro set does not take long to learn to use. A couple of hours, a couple of knives and you are on the way. I would highly recommend that you get the drill stop collar as it allows you to keep a precise angle when moving from stone to stone. Keeping a precise angle saves lots of time. Once you have the burr started, you are golden, and can finish a knife in a matter of minutes. If you don't know much about sharpening I also recommend that you get an inexpensive carbon steel knife to practice with. These are easy to sharpen and you can easily raise a burr. Once you gain a bit of confidence, then on to the other cutlery. This is a great set with fantastic stones. I recommend it.
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