Edge pro v. skilled sharpener?

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Edge pro v. skilled sharpener?

Post by Pirendeus » Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:05 pm

How close in performance can an Edge pro get to a skilled professional sharpener? Obviously, the edge pro user won't have the same flexibility/knowledge as a skilled sharpener, but how close are the results likely to be?

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Re: Edge pro v. skilled sharpener?

Post by lsboogy » Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:04 pm

I've only used a knife done on an edge pro once, but it was quite sharp after being done to only 3K. I think it takes away a lot of uncertainty and encourages people to sharpen their own knives though, and if you get into it, you will probably end up like a lot of us.
I won't get one as hand sharpening is a zen thing for me. If you can find stones for them, I would guess it to work great - find ken123 if you want good stones for the thing - I'd bet he can line you up to get an edge that you don't feel going into your finger (or veg).

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Re: Edge pro v. skilled sharpener?

Post by 5698k » Sat Sep 29, 2018 1:40 pm

Following this.

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Re: Edge pro v. skilled sharpener?

Post by MikeT » Sat Sep 29, 2018 9:03 pm

Peter Nolan favorably mentioned his recent purchase of and experience with an EdgePro Pro. I would love to get some details from him on freehand vs EdgePro.

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Re: Edge pro v. skilled sharpener?

Post by nakneker » Sun Sep 30, 2018 10:52 pm

I started buying Japanese water stones at the first of the year, I had started buying knives and naturally the stones followed. I did fine sharpening kitchen knives but really struggled on my every day carry knives and hunting knives. Basically the more curve the blade had the more difficult it was for me to get a consistent bevel along the entire edge. I ended up buying an edge pro, watched some videos and found success on my short curvy blades. You can get an extremely consistent edge to any level of sharpness you desire. It did take some practice but the learning curve was short. I’m like Isboogy, I enjoy free handing on the stones and have since gotten much better with my short curvy blades freehanding but if I’m trying to get a quality edge quickly the edge pro is hard to beat. All my friends started sending me there spydercos and such because they enjoy the edge too. I have a set SG glass stones I bought here and a couple cholera’s i like too. Ken selling a huge selection of stones for the edge pro too. It’s a fantastic tool IMO.
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Re: Edge pro v. skilled sharpener?

Post by Radar53 » Tue Oct 02, 2018 10:39 pm

There were numerous discussions about this topic on the old forum, so it might be worth hunting some of those down just to get more alternative views.

As per another thread, I come from an EdgePro background but started freehand sharpening about 18 months ago. I don't see it being an either or situation, but more of an expansion of techniques. Each method has it's distinct advantages and disadvantages and I'm certainly enjoying exploring both their similarities and differences.
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Re: Edge pro v. skilled sharpener?

Post by Peter Nowlan » Tue Nov 27, 2018 10:46 am

Hi. When I first started my Sharpening business I lacked confidence as a freehand sharpener to have people pay for sharpening, wasn’t sure how it work out so I got the EP Pro. I soon made Knives sharper than I’ve ever seen. This is 8-10 years ago now but I can assure you it’s a high quality, proven device. I rarely use it now except for recurves, bird beak paring knives, that type of thing.
Now I can get knives sharper freehand but that’s just part of it, there is a vast difference in the enjoyment level offered by the two methods but make no mistake, the EP makes knives very sharp, over and over again.

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Re: Edge pro v. skilled sharpener?

Post by RonAZ » Tue Nov 27, 2018 6:36 pm

Like others, I started on an Edge Pro and migrated to stones. Stones are faster and easier for me at this point, although it took time and effort to reach a basic level of competency. I still use the Edge Pro when I want to reset a knife edge to a specific angle, but this is rare. Most important for me is that I can feel and duplicate an existing edge grind with the stones but with the Edge Pro it's just set angle. I can also get more acute angles on stones and can thin a knife while it's awkward to impossible on an Edge Pro. Some repairs are better with stones. For example a tip repair but also things like a chip repair an a single bevel where you want to be able to feel and match the existing grind line. Nothing wrong with an Edge Pro, I've gotten really sharp edges and still pull it out on occasion, but stones work better for me 90% of the time.

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Re: Edge pro v. skilled sharpener?

Post by Larrymuffett22 » Fri Jan 04, 2019 4:09 pm

Hello, 1st time poster,
I'm a mechanic and can drill a hole right though the center of a broken off fastener for extraction, but I can't free hand sharpen to save my life. Except for utility blades at work. I use an edge pro and get free hanging hair cutting on any super steel knife blades, which are way harder to get this sharp compared to the softer steels on kitchen knives. After trying all kinds of stones on the ep I evolved to atoma diamond stones for reprofilling and apex setting, and glass plates with diamond paper and can easily get any type of edge I want easily on any steel.

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Re: Edge pro v. skilled sharpener?

Post by David_R » Sat Feb 16, 2019 10:09 am

Depends on the pro sharpener, the stones on the EP, and your technique. In my opinion, the EP will get you to a point where you can consistently get sharp edges sooner. Knowing how to sharpen on a stone means you can always have sharp knives by just having a single stone handy (maybe double sided).

There are too many variables to just compare them. Stone quality, how the EP is used, stropping or not, and other things. The EP is not a replacement for experience and knowledge. It just helps get you to sharp edges sooner and more consistently.

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