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EdgePro Apex 3 for newbie with set of Wusthoff Classic Ikons and a brand new MAC MBK-95?

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First time poster here de-lurking for some advice on filling out my knife kit.  By way of background, up until two weeks ago I was completely ignorant about knife quality and maintenance, and relied upon very irregular use of a honing rod and incredibly infrequent trips to whatever knife sharpening service I could find.  I currently have a 2 year old Wusthof Ikon Classic set (chef, bread, utility, paring), most of whose knives are definitely in need of maintenance.  My last sharpening with the Wusthof chef's knife (done in a back room of a Kitchen Kapers - who knows what they did) was very disappointing.  So I started doing a little research, found this forum and others, and a couple days later ordered a MAC MBK-95.

 

Now I want to take care of the MAC and bring the Wusthofs closer to their potential, which from what I've gathered, is far greater than how they arrive from the factory.  Would an Edge Pro Apex be overkill, given my novice status, and which Apex kit would be most appropriate?  The price difference between the different versions isn't huge, but I'm not interested in overbuying.  I would like all the necessary equipment to deal with the knives I currently have, and perhaps an addition or two in the future.  The Apex 3 looks like the most common configuration people get, but not sure if it's the best fit for my needs.  Any thoughts? Thanks.

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"Overkill" doesn't really apply to the EP Apex.  It's a really good tool and jig system which gets you around nearly all of the freehand sharpening learning curve without costing you much -- if anything -- in potential results.  It's hugely better than the small, inexpensive tool and jigs like the Lansky. 

 

Is an Apex worth it?  It depends how much you don't want to deal with freehanding and how long you're willing to wait before you can generate excellent results.  For most people an Apex is indeed worth the "not cheap" price.   

 

Assuming you're buying from CKtG, the "Essential" kit, should do everything you need for your knives; but consider adding the "angle cube."  The angle cube becomes important when you use different brand stones or stones which wear at a different rate.  Getting the angle consistent is very important with an EP.  When it comes to deburring, the CKtG felt cube is cheap, efficient and convenient; it's not really any better than champagne corks, but is so cheap you might as well add it to your order.

 

In addition, you'll need a good rod hone (aka "steel"), and some method of flattening.  For the rod -- if you don't already have a good one -- get the Idahone fine which CKtG calls "1200."  For flattening, I think I'd go with CKtG's cheap, no-name, diamond plate. 

 

BDL

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Thanks, appreciate the advice.  Looks like the Essential kit is out of stock there, so unless I decide to exhibit more patience, would have to go with a different configuration, even though that looks like a great deal I'd be passing up.  As far as a honing rod, do you think the one included with the Apex 3 kit (basic 8" ceramic rod) will suffice?

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