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Old September 15, 1999, 08:23 PM   #1
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Opinions please on this 'recommended' knife sharpener.
Standard or diamond versions ?
Operation/ease of use/durability and satisfied customers ?

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Old September 15, 1999, 08:53 PM   #2
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I like my diamond sharpener. The only problem I've had was that I broke the plastic end off one of my stones once. Seems like someone said there was a better setup , I just don't remember where or who. Maybe we'll hear from them.

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Old September 16, 1999, 04:54 AM   #3
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I own the Lansky setup and am completely underwhelmed. The clamp does not assure reproducible angle with many knives; the edge angle, by geometric necessity, changes from point of attachement out to each side; and the unit is worthless for any blade length over about 4".

Go with the Spyderco Sharpmaker. Add their diamond sleeves and your knives will thank you.

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Old September 18, 1999, 12:17 AM   #4
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Rich, I' ve found that the angles do vary sometimes but not all the time. Don' t know what it is exactly. And yes, any blade over 4" is stretching it' s capabilities.

As far as diamond sleeves/ stones in general, they are a plus IME. It allows for quick removal/ reprofiling and for starting up very dull blades.

I recommend the Spyderco units over the Lansky clamp system.
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Old September 18, 1999, 07:43 AM   #5
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Plane Geometry:
Think of the blade fixed in the clamp as the base of a right triangle.
The height is a given, based on the clamp setup.
However, the length of the hypotenuse keeps changing as the the guiderod is pulled thru the stroke from one end of the stone to the other and one end of the blade to the other.

With constant base and height and changing hypotenuse something's gotta "give". That "something" is the included angle.

Aw, heck. Just trust me on this!
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Old September 22, 1999, 07:38 PM   #6
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Bethatasitmay, the one time I used a Lansky rig, borrowed, to fix the skewed-up edge of an original 9" Cold Steel Magnum Tanto, it did a good job...more uniform than my hands and eyes could have, so claims that it doesn't do the job on blades longer than 4" don't jibe with my experience. Are the diamond stones worth the money? Depends on whether you're edging 416 stainless or RC 61 tool steel. For some knives, it's super-superfluous. slabsides
Afterthought: The tanto has a curved, 'draw-cut' blade. This might have made the difference.

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