After a lot of reading and research (Chad Ward's "An Edge in the Kitchen", several dozens of forum topics on ChefTalk.com and here, many a YouTube video), I have almost decided on the "Edge Pro Essential" set.
I am going to be sharpening some Wusthof Classic Ikon knives (that I have yet to buy, too :) ), as well as, I suppose, a fair number of cheap old knives that have been used by my family, my parents, and some of my best friends' families. :) I mean, obviously the Wusthofs are the main focus here, but I'm just saying that with a device like this in my possession it would be almost criminal not to use it for its intended purpose; also, since I don't suppose the Wusthofs will need sharpening more frequently than once or twice a year, I would otherwise not be getting any "mileage" out of the device, nor would I be getting sufficient practice. So the goals will be (a) maintaining a nice edge on the rather hard (58 hardness) Wusthof Classic Ikons, (b) reprofiling many cheap and soft, but hopelessly abused, knives.
I am planning to purchase the following kit:
- "Edge Pro Essential" set;
- a 20x loupe;
- a deburring hard felt cube;
- a DMT 2" x 6" plate: (a) for flattening the Shapton stones, (b) for reprofiling cheap old knives;
- also an Idahone 12" fine rod + a Super Eraser for the rod.
The questions I have are as follows:
1) Am I right in thinking that I can use the DMT plate for both purposes? Will it flatten the Shaptons well? Will it reprofile the knives well? The reason I want it to serve a double purpose is that my understanding is that I would need something coarser than the Shaptons that come with the Edge Pro set to efficiently reprofile many knives and to not spoil the Shaptons - and it would be sort of too much for me financially to buy both a flattening stone and a coarse Shapton stone.
2) Do I need another Shapton stone, in addition to the DMT plate and the 3 Shapton stones in the set? I am not looking to win any knife sharpening contests, just to make my knives $300-worth-sharp. :) I mean, I don't think I will be getting into stropping or boron carbides or stuff like that. But would I truly benefit from, say, a 8K Shapton stone? And by "truly benefit" I mean "will my wife notice our chef's knife has become sharper" in a blind test of "before and after". :)
3) Any other comments or advice on my kit? Anything that I don't really need? Anything missing?
4) Oh, and has anyone used two magnets instead of one? Will two really hold a knife in its place? (It seems in the video that one magnet doesn't quite do that.)
Thanks to anybody and everybody for help and comments!