Knife sharpeners

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    I have the Wusthof and have used it for a few years now. In fact, I just sharpened my main large kitchen knife with it just the other day. It went from fairly blunt to almost razor sharp in 100 pulls over each of the 2 stages (coarse and fine). I've had other sharpeners that sharpen quicker but produce an uneven sharpness so I like this one quite a bit. I need to use it more often (more than once a year!) so that it doesn't take as long to sharpen it back up.

    The first time I used the sharpener it seemed to take much longer to sharpen the blade. My guess is that the original angle of the edge was not the same as the angle that the sharpener was trying to put on the edge and so it took longer to shape it. Or maybe it's all in the head...

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    Have never used any of the sharpeners you list. I just use a set of Colorado Ceramics like these for the last thirty years, they work great for maintaining a razor edge.

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    I finally had to admit that I was born without the male gene that guides oneself how to sharpen knives freehand with a stone. I gave in and bought a Chef's Choice Edgeselect 120. It is a three stage motorized sharpener. All you do is plug it in, turn it on, and drag the knife through it. As simple as it gets.

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    Best everyday sharpen I have ever used.....

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    When I was in Iraq one of the Marines in the comm company got a transfer to a combat unit in "The Stan" and bought the mandatory K-Bar in prep to leaving and showed it to me. I said it was a dandy butter knife and to let me take it to my can and I would bring back the following night. It would shave without any resistance and had a point like a needle. I ended up sharpening a couple dozen K-Bars before the Marines all rotated to "The Stan".

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    Well I ended up getting the Work Sharp. Lots of YouTube videos which helped me decide.
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    I received a Wood Sharp for Christmas. Pulled out all of the kitchen knives and in 30 minutes they will shave the hair off your arm.
    Pretty neet little gadget.
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    As a machinist i have a little experience sharpening freehand, but also use a Lansky that does a great job with 4 angles available. It sharpens Exacto knife blades well.

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    A GOOD stone is a great thig to have ; )
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    All good systems. I use Lansky because it controls the angles.

    Course stone no oil for support edge
    Fine stone one hole out for cutting edge

    Maintain cutting edge with fine stone
    Occasionally reduce support edge

    I learned the two angle system from a lumberjack who wins beard shaving contests starting with dull axes. He scrubs the support angle in quickly with a very coarse stone. He knows when each side is done by feeling the burr that rolls over the support edge. After he cleans off the burr from the last side, he uses the finest arkansas stone to put a light cap of a cutting edge on the tip of the support edge, again feeling for the burrs. Then, with a couple light burr chasing strokes, he shaves off his beard.
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    If you want the best it will cost you, but check out the Wicked Edge sharpener.

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    You can't go wrong with the time honored Lansky, but I just bought an Accusharp recently and was very happy with it's performance on a few straight edge knifes, less so on a serrated steak knife; it claims to work on both.

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    I swear by my Spyderco Sharpmaker! There may very well be several sharpeners out there that are better but this is the first one I have purchased and it does such a fine job while super easy to use... I just haven't seen a need to upgrade to anything else.

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    I love my Work Sharp. You can have your knives shaving sharp in a minute
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    haven't used that sharpeners you listed but i have used this Spyderco manual knife-sharpening system.

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