:) I seen them both ways (the smoov ones are good for sushi style blade wear you want to stop the edge from rolling, but you want the grooves frosting use Emery powder or paper. (dose not really polish just makes tiny scratches it's hard enough) or use some Diamond paper http://www.ebay.com/bhp/diamond-sand-paper. But those Ridges will make it a micro serrated blade might as well get dimond rod, The smoove rod is for reshaping so blade purfect,with out removing a lot of metal. This thee part video with a pro Knife sharpener Explained it http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Teh0Cw84QGQ
Explains the Advantages of both. But you could make both. (Explain lot my mixed results when I got started sharpening.)
But if you want the microridges to do true sharpen(It cuts away metal instead of just reshape it) just use some Emery paste or some Diamond paper on the rod and it will get the other type surface you want , be better results than simple cut ridges just rub rod in the direction and opposite angle based on if your right handed or left.
So the ridges (frostings in the correct Angle). ( Take your time you will be happy with results) but oil it or metal will clog all those scratches you worked so hard to make.With a smoove Glass Rod thats not a issue.
Not meaning to argue but I have been messing with knife sharpening for 15 years till I saw that Video I could never get the true Perfect chef's edge. :) I can now do it for the last 3 years!
sorry for bad typing my eyes are crap and my girl got cold so I gotten no sleep passing out now.
But these are not as hard as you guys think to make, even the frosted ridged kind.
I might be a ok chef but I am a true great cheapskate and knife sharpener. I use a SMOOVE glass rod to reshape My Japanese Cleavers and a piece of newspaper as a strap, if need more metal off I use the blunt BACK of a cheap ceramic knife and olive oil, there Made of compressed ceramic powder so its like a 6000 grit Diamond stone with handle.
Yes I own several Professional stones none worked half as well. (wasted several hundred dollars ) so decide if my alternatives makes me smart or stupid.
Edited by Jonathan Wint - 2/17/14 at 2:50am