It is a bit pricey, same reason I procrastinated buying mine. They have a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied with the product, and figured what did I have to lose. If I did not like it I could send it back You can do like I did try the others first than get it. Which of course can double or triple the cost not to mention the frustration your experiencing. IMO it generally pays to invest in quality and make it the last sharpener you will ever have to buy. For what its worth I have no doubt that you will not regret spending the money once you have used it.
At the risk of appearing like a shill bladeforums has some great info on knives and sharpeners, here are a couple of links to Edgepro reviews
EdgePro Apex = OMG
with more pics at
I have some knives to sharpen this week if you like I can try to post some pics for you