I’ve been poking around this and other forums for a little while on this topic, and recognize there are some similar topics. This forum is a really great community and resource! Newbie knife sharpener here. I’ve read up on pro and cons of using jigs versus going free-hand, but want to see if I can get some feedback as to which of the following options would be best suited for me, given the below information:
1. An Edge Pro Apex with the 500, 1000, 4000 Shapton Glass Stones
2. Freehand wet & go stones such as Shapton Glass (at least SG for the medium, based on what I’ve read)
- My wife and I are home cooks who cook 5 times per week, and sharpening cooking knives would be the primary target.
- I mostly have a set of 8 year old Henckels Four-Start knives, with a few other of similar quality thrown in, including a Chinese meat cleaver with a 3.75” tall blade (doesn’t get used that often, so sending it off is an option)
- In the future, I’d like to get some nicer knives (possibly Japenese steel), but I don’t see that happening for at least 3 years.
- I want to be able to get to being able to put a factory or better edge on a knife, with out extensive effort.
- If I could be comfortable getting to sharpening to a factory type edge within say a dozen(?) sharpenings, I’d be pretty happy
- I won’t be striving for the ‘perfect’ edge, just a very good edge
- Would love to be able to sharpen serrated blades, but haven’t looked into this at all yet.
- I can appreciate the connection with the stone, zen, etc — but for me, this will be more utility than hobby (already have enough to consume my free time)
- I’m not concerned with the setup time for the Edge Pro — I think I could probably do it in 1-2 mins
- Time is a relative premium… always have more stuff to do than time, so I don’t want to deal with waiting on soaking stones. Splash & Go sounds like a good fit
- Part of me is drawn to the simplicity of just using the stones, whereas the engineer in me appreciates things like Jigs… I’m conflicted!
- Want to be cost conscious and not go overboard, but I’m not concerned with spending a little more if it serves me well in the long run, so long as it is a quality/lasting solution and a decent value
- Focused on a single solution at this point in time. It’s possible I could have both free hand stones and jigs in the future, but for now not planning on it.
Based on this, is the solution clear to those of you with experience sharpening? Also, it would be helpful if you have experience with both, EP, or free hand stones.
Thanks in advance!
Edited by rossn - 3/20/15 at 12:08pm