Is it blasphemy to get a "system" to help out?
I'm not a complete knife nut (nor a fantastic cook, but *soooo* much a gadget freak). However - I have to say both knife interest and cooking boosted after I got a few Tojiro DPs to replace my Victorinox (aka Forschner in the US?) knives. ...and Mark's posts on the Laser
really gets the gadget freak in me going... If I only could sharpen it...
Anyways; I got my Victorinox-es done by a skilled sharpener here in Norway; good job, but since he is using an "emery" (again unsure of US terms, but fast rotating stone causing higher temperatures), I'm not sure how to continue with the better cured steel in the Tojiros. Also tempted to learn myself; if it is "doable" for a beginner. Not überhandy, but OK
Most info I find on sharpening (both here on the forum, on Mark's sharpening video tips and most other places online) is about wet stones. That seems to be the only ("respectable") way to sharpen. However, a minority of users talk about "knife sharpening systems" that with more or less guiding will "automagically" get me a nice edge. The list is long, price range is wide etc, but my so far prioritized list would look like; Wicked Edge, Lansky, Edge Pro Apex, Spyderco Sharpmaker.
Anyone with experience with systems like this?
What are the main drawbacks?
As a complete beginner, I'm afraid if I buy wet stones, I'll spend so much time trying to get the angle right that I end up with a lot of destroyed knifes for hours of training.
Ballpark; how much training is needed to master (wet stone) sharpening to get results to at least Tojiro out-of-box sharpness?