Posted By: EricThis system is not the magic bullet. It is not fool proof. If you've never sharpened before there will be a considerable learning curve before you perfect your edges. You will likely damage your first few knives, so be sure to practice on cheap ones you don't care about. That said, if you understand the basic concepts of sharpening, with a little practice you can get very uniform bevels and screaming sharp edges with this system.
Some people complain that the system isn't fixed (no clamp). I actually like this as it offers more flexibility and feels a little closer to freehand. They offer magnets to help held the blade in place, but I think those are unnecessary once you get the hang of holding the knife in place. I also don't see much need for the bench mount unless you don't have smooth surface to place it on. For smooth surfaces, the suction cups work perfectly well. The drill stop collar is a must have and an excellent value from CKTG. I also bought the small knife attachment, but rarely use it.
The included stones are good, but not great. The produce very keen edges on soft-medium steels, but they struggle with high hardness or high wear-resistant steels, which is to be expected with Aluminum Oxide abrasive. The 400-grit stone leaves a really nice toothy but sharp finish that will easily pop hairs. Even the 220-grit stone will give you a shaving edge if you take time to deburr properly. My biggest complaint is that the stones dish quickly. I can clearly see with the naked eye where they are out of level even after one or two knives. Therefore, some sort of flattening solution is necessary right out of the gate. The CKTG 140-grit diamond bench plate is a great value and perfect for flattening these stones. I also added the CKTG 140-grit edge pro plate for hogging off metal, and it works much faster than the 220-grit edge pro stone. At the top end I added the 1000-grit edge pro stone, but I actually prefer the finish left by the 400-grit stone. Wish I had gotten the 600-grit stone instead of the 1000.
CKTG service was excellent and shipping was fast. It was a nice touch that they bundled all my add-ons together with the stock edge pro kit in the carrying case. Would definitely buy from them again. You won't get that kind of service from the big river site!
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