I now own a modified “Wicked Edge Pro” Professional model. I attached two Neodymium magnets each with a holding power of 46 pounds under the blade table of my Edge Pro Professional model. I used Scotch Extreme mounting tape (3M) which is double sided to attach the magnets underneath the blade table. I first bought an off brand of double sided duck tape to attach the magnets, but it didn’t work well. The tape was difficult to cut and work with and it didn’t stick well, and the magnet didn’t hold for long. I returned the used tape to Lowes and got the Scotch extreme mounting tape which has held for a day so far.
I bought a few different magnets with different holding power. My magnets with 22 pounds of holding power were not strong enough and did not work well. The magnets with 35 pounds of holding power did work, but the strongest magnets I purchased with 46 pounds of holding power appear to work best for me. You still need to hold the knife with your off hand, but the knife is basically attached to the blade table by the magnet, and you can use very light pressure to hold the knife, making it much easier to keep it steady. I got one knife to stay on the table without holding it, but I did not try to sharpen without holding the knife. It is not quite a “Wicked Edge Pro”, but my EP now seems to have some Wicked Edge-like properties.
THE MAGNETS ARE VERY POWERFUL. I never worked with magnets before, and out of the package I place two of the ½” by 1” magnets (with 46 pounds of pull), more than 3 feet apart on a table. The magnets flew together, and a part of one of the magnets chipped off. I even had a little difficulty separating three 5/8” by 5/8 magnets
Do not use the magnets near speakers CDs, or iphones. Don’t use them if you have a pace maker. Be careful not to hold a knife near the magnets, or I assume that the magnet may draw the knife to it, and then there would be some risk of damaging blade, if the edge of blade slammed against the magnet.
I purchased the magnets online from “magnets4sale.com”. The name of the company is:
CMS Magnetics, Inc.
1839 Wall Street
Garland Texas 75041 (972)516-0692
Excellent service, I received the magnets 3 days after ordering, and two emails were sent to me indicating when the order was prepared to ship, and when it actually was shipped. Shipping costs were a reasonable $4.30.
“magnets4less.com” could be called “magnets4more.com” as there shipping rates are almost triple.
If anyone is interested in experimenting with these magnets on an Edge Pro Professional model, The magnets I ordered that appear to work are:
ND0223-45NM N42 Neodymium Magnets N42 Neodymium Magnet Dia 4/8X5/8” NdFeB Rare Earth
Disk Magnet ($1.59)
ND041010-42NM N42 Cylindrical Neodymium Magnet Dia 1/2X1: NdFeB Rare Earth Magnet ($2.88)
An inexpensive, stronger magnet is:
N42 Cylindrical Neodymium Magnet Dia 1/2X1.5” NdFeB Rare Earth Magnet with 67.5 pounds of pull
I didn’t get this magnet. I don’t know if it would work even better than the 46 pound pull magnets, but they would be more difficult to handle.
Since the magnets are fragile, I would suggest ordering at least 4. I ordered 3 for each of 3 types of magnets.
I only sharpened two knives, and I needed very light pressure with my off hand to hold the knife. I only touched up one of the knives with a 10K Chosera, and used EP stock stones for a Forschner. I hadn’t previously had any trouble holding knives I sharpened with EP stock stones, so I don’t know yet how much the magnets will help me. Sharpening did seem a little more natural to me. I don’t have a Wicked Edge, but it almost felt like I was using a “Wicked Edge Pro”.