Originally Posted by Caslon
My set of 3 Edgemaker sharpeners arrived today. I have to say it took quite a while to recieve the order, a good 2 weeks.
I set about trying them out, only...lol, my knife collection is both old and
cheap. While after going thru the steps, don't expect older cheaper knives
that have burrs along the knife edge to go away. After using the blue
handled restorer and the other 3 Edgemakers, my fingers still felt those
burrs. I suppose you just can't make up for "lost chunks" of metal along
a knife edge.
They still now can slice thru paper pretty well, but not shave your arm hairs.
Actually, after sharpening my serrated blade (which was the primary reason for buying this product), it actually did shave hairs.
Some of the knives I have are at least 25 years old. Others are the cheap kind you get in a set as a $19.00 Xmas gift from a brother.
I'm going to have to read thru this forum and look to getting a good set of knives, then review this product again.
My advice for this product is to use moderate force (sharpening a quality knife). Too much force and you WILL end up with burrs, I believe. Burrs that might not go away with the finishing edgemaker tool.
A good write up, Caslon. No, they won't perform miracles- with blades that are chipped up they'll get sharp but you have to remove a lot of metal to actually removes the chips. Waterstones are the best tool for that.
The Blue one is rarely needed, just if a knife is horribly dull. I start with moderate to heavy pressure for six or eight strokes, then follow with half a dozen lighter strokes. When you get to the Yellow Honer, same thing- do some strokes with firm pressure, then back off and finish with very very light strokes. A decent knife will get shaving sharp, but of course very soft blades won't usually take all that great of an edge.
I'm interested to see how you like them as you use them more.