Despite all of them, my favorite until now has been a classic whetstone. Guess that’s because I learned with one.
That said, a buddy of mine at work suggested I try something different. And I’m glad he did. I still like a whetstone, but for quick and easy blade sharpening, this new kit can’t really be beat.
The kit is called the ‘Gatco Edgemate Professional Knife Sharpening System‘ … quite a mouthful, but it’s a pretty neat kit.
It contains four different stones of varying coarseness, ranging from extra-course to fine. There’s also a stone shaped for taking care of serrations. Each stone has a metal rod attached to it as a guide.
It comes in a nice red box that keeps everything together. It looks like this! (excuse the messy desk in the background…)
To use the kit you take your knife and secure it in the special clamp. The clamp has two sides to it that have guide holes cut into them. Herein lies the simplicity of the system.
By using the metal rod attached to the stone and inserting it into the appropriate guide hole, even someone who has never used a whetstone can keep a precise angle during use.
There are two downsides with this kit that I’ve noticed so far. The first is that the guide rods could be a little longer. When sharpening a large chefs knife, for example, you have to be a bit more careful to not pull the rod out of the guide slot.
The second downside is the noise. It’s pretty obnoxious. I’m guessing it’s because the width of the stone is narrower than I’m used to, but who knows.
Despite those two flaws, I recommend the Edgemate Pro system highly. Especially for folks who don’t have a ton of practice using a regular stone.