Subscribe Now Welcome back to another short little post between regular posts. This gadget has literally changed my life as far as knives are concerned. This article does, however, contain Amazon affiliate links. I got even more intimidated about sharpening knives when I read or talked to people that know a lot about it. Thinking back over that time makes me feel a tiny bit sad, and more than a little dumb. A knife is a tool.
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However, often all you need is something simple yet effective to bring life back into the majority of your knife collection. For that, look no further than the affordable Spyderco Sharpmaker.
There are some truly outstanding pocket knives on the market today and typically you find that most of them are extremely sharp right out of the box. However, no matter what knife you have it will eventually start losing its edge and becoming dull. In our article on how to sharpen a pocket knife we talked about the basics of the knife sharpening process and gave some examples of the best sharpening stones available.
In this regard, look no further than the excellent Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker. The Colorado based knife company we know and love has proven here that they excel not only in knife production but the tools needed to keep us proud owners happy and our knives scary sharp. Once again Spyderco continues to impress me with their offerings. As we know, some knife steel is easier to sharpen than others. This is where the Sharpmaker really comes into its own.
The system is made up of two sets of ceramic stones, one brown colored rough set for the heavy work and one white colored fine set for the finishing job.
The triangular shape of the stones allows you to sharpen both plain and serrated edges by using the flat sides and the corners. The system also comes with brass rods which act as a safety barrier to ensure your delicate hands are well protected.
Everything can be tucked away in the neat carrying case when not in use. I have used it for both gentle touch ups as well as full on re-grindings using the diamond rod — see later in some cases.
You also get a fascinating DVD running you through the ins-and-outs in a handy video. He begins discussing a bit of history about knife maintenance and goes on to describe the four main knife-grind types. He then details how knife sharpening devices have evolved over time which is rather interesting.
I was able to bring my aging Benchmade Griptilian back to life and I was quickly turning paper into ribbons again in no time at all. All came out with flying colors and with surgical sharpness.
The basic process for sharpening involves 20 swipes along the corner of the medium sharpening rods, then another 20 on the flat side. After that you move on to the fine sharpening rods and do another 20 passes on the corner and another 20 on the flat.
Overall I found the whole process takes about 10 minutes or so which is not too bad. I recommend sticking to the 40 degree setting in most cases. My tip is to be careful getting your blade too sharp.
It can be tempting to put a crazy thin edge on your blade but what that does is make it more susceptible to chips and dings. Also, if you plan on doing some more serious re-profiling then you should consider the separate grit diamond stones.
These diamond stones are much more effective than the included ceramic ones at removing metal in a short time frame. For this reason you may want to consider complimenting the system with a decent razor strop to really straighten and polish the edge of your blade into a showroom finish. I noticed that most reviewers are in-fact using this for kitchen knives and with very positive results.
All in all I do love the Sharpmaker and you will no longer find a dull blade in my house as a result! Easy to use, affordable, compact, gets results Need diamond rods sold separately for reprofiling or for harder steels Spyderco Sharpmaker.
The Spyderco Sharpmaker
The system uses tri-angular shaped industrial sapphire sticks that are almost as hard as diamond. These sticks are held at specific angles in a nylon baseplate, so you do not have to worry about the correct sharpening angles. Comes complete with: 1 black nylon baseplate with cover and multiple fixed-angle slots to accommodate for the sapphire sticks, can be screwed down to table or counter top. The whole package stores in itself for easy carry. Also with: 1 DVD containing detailed instructions and tips from the inventor himself. Why this system? The sharpening sticks are made of synthetic sapphire, much harder than normal sharpening stones, so you can sharpen even the hardest knives with ease.
Spyderco Sharpmaker, 204MF
How to Sharpen Your Knives with a Spyderco Sharpmaker By - March 28, The Spyderco Sharpmaker is one of our favorite recommendations for folks who are looking for an easy way to sharpen their blades. I have given several as wedding gifts over the years and one of them lives in my kitchen as well. In this guide, we will break down all the features of the Tri-Angle Sharpmaker and show you, step by step, how to get the most out of this great product. One of the nice things about the Sharpmaker is it comes in a really sleek package. All of the elements pack into a nice plastic case that doubles as the base when you actually use it. Once you take the lid off you see all the different parts are right inside.