Good bench stones would take you much sharper, if you learn the skills to use them.
An Edge Pro Apex would be much better as well, with a much easier learning curve than stones.
A Chef's Choice electric machine would be somewhat better, significantly easer and faster too.
Other jig and tool, "rod-guide" sets like the Lasky, with the right set of hones, are better than a Sharpmaker -- although they cannot match an Edge Pro system.
There are limits to how sharp a Sharpmaker can take a knife, and they're pretty severe. In addition, because of the size of the rods it's rather awkward for longer knives. As good a "V" stick as the Sharpmaker is, the large Idahone works better for kitchen knives.
A little more about Chef's Choice: Not all electric sharpeners are created equal. Chef's Choice machines actually work and will not do damage to your knives. They make machines with a 15* bevel which is appropriate for almost all asian manufactured knives -- including Fujiwara and Global.
A little more about the Edge Pro Apex: Given that you're the sort of person who doesn't mind the time and inconvenience of a Sharpmaker, you'd probably be most comfortable with an Edge Pro -- not to mention the oustanding results you'd get. Twice as good for just as much trouble and three times the price. How can you beat that?
If a Sharpmaker is the standard against which you measure sharpness, you'll find actual sharpness an entirely different universe.