In the past 30-some years I've used a variety of sharpening stones, stone systems, and electric sharpeners and this is the best one I've used to date. For just under sixteen simoleons you get a complete, rugged, portable sharpening system that will last for years. This system puts a great edge on all knives; kitchen, pocket, hunting, and even machetes (although it takes longer). Use the narrow pointed side of the ceramic sticks to sharpen the serrated knives, and even the gut-hooks on some hunting knives. I highly recommend getting one of those synthetic rubber eraser blocks that rubs away the dark gray markings that are left on the ceramic sticks after sharpening. Using this rubber eraser will clean the surface very well and will leave a flat, even surface unlike what some of those abrasive cleaners may do. I just bought two more of these items; one for my hunting backpack and the second one will be a gift to my hunting buddy. By the way I did a lot of online searching; Walmart had the best price on this item and using SiteToStore was a breeze...free shipping this way, too!
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Best Sharpener I've Used Yet!
My friend and I tried out the Smith sharpener and the results were very good. Our blades easily cut paper with no effort at all.
Smith's 3-in-1 Sharpening System
Great sharpener for on the go.
It's just great.
This is actually my second one (after a few years the ceramic rods and diamond plate get worn out) and this one is just as good as the last. The diamond plate is great for repairing chips, and the ceramic rods are a good medium/fine grit for sharpening and honing. I don't use the pull-through much, but it is good for putting a decent quick and dirty edge on cheap knives. My general rule for the carbide bit is that I wouldn't use it on any knife that costs more than the sharpener. I use the ceramic rods mainly on pocket folding knives and sub-"5 fixed blades. Any longer than that and the rods become cumbersome. The method of sharpening with the rods is known as "crock sticks". It's a bit hard to explain, and rather easy to do, so I would recommend watching a youtube video or two demonstrating the technique, and possibly try sharpening a cheap knife first to reduce the risk of scratching the blade of a knife you care about. I would recommend upgrading to the spyderco sharpmaker for larger knives, if you still want to use the crock stick technique. Then there's a few high-end sharpeners you could upgrade to after that, but they cost many times what this little guy does. If you want a razor sharp edge on anything, buy or make a decent leather strop and maybe some polishing compound. You'd be surprised what a few passes on a strop can do. I use the diamond plate on anything that needs a new edge, including axes and machetes. Just wipe the steel dust off the rods and plate when they get dirty, and you're all set.
Sharpener works well
Sharpener folds up and is compact. It is easy to operate. It sharpens knives well.
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