My current knives are these, which we received as a gift some years ago: http://www.amazon.com/Hayco-Five-Gourmet-Professional-Knife/dp/B000LM9IQE
. I don't know what they're made of or even if they are all made of the same thing.
I promise to buy new knives someday, for real. While I've ruled nothing out, the knives I'm thinking about as the most realistic options are the Mac Pro 9.5-inch chefs knife and the Richmond Ultimatum — assuming I don't change my mind and opt for some kind of laser.
But first, I want to purchase an EdgePro.
I've been using a Spyderco Sharpmaker, which has proved...not useless, shall we say, but not enough. I'm told it will be inadequate for harder steel. However, despite reassurances that freehand sharpening is easy to learn and will be fun and will even alter my very consciousness, I still want to minimize the learning curve, at least for now. As an example of how my life is currently, I've hardly finished a book since the baby was born, and I know
I love to read books. So the odds of me finding and spending time to practice something that might
turn out to be a chore are not good.
As an aside, some folks elsewhere suggested the Wicked Edge, but I'm deterred by its price tag and its inability to create a back bevel more acute than 15 deg., as I might want to do on the future knife.
So my question is, what EdgePro set to get?
Is the Essential Set perfectly good for the cheapo knives I have now, and for whatever I acquire later?
Or am I better off getting the cheapest possible set now for my cheapo knives, thus saving a few bucks short term, and buying new stones later depending on what kind of knife I eventually buy?
Thank you for any advice you might provide.