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 Post subject: Bit the bullet (Bought an edge pro)
PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 6:24 pm 

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So after having been here for awhile and listening to people talk about the system my curiosity got the best of me and I bought an edge pro apex as a birthday gift to myself. I have been free hand sharpening for a number of years, with waterstones for a handful and have decided that I wanted to try out something new. Seeings as some of the pros on this board use both freehand and edge pro methods I thought it was worth a try.

As everyone speaks so highly of the glass stones that is what I went with. I got the 500, 2000, 8000 and 0.5 micron CBN. I figured that more than a few say they like the 500/2000 combo so I thought I would take it a step further. I also go the essentials pack and angle cube. I did not get an atoma 140 because they were out of stock but I will pick one up when they come back in.

Aside from my own curiosity I picked up the edge pro because it is something that I can see my wife using and I can take it over to my mothers house and let her learn how to sharpen her own blades. We tried to go the freehand route but mom just wasn't having it.

I just figured I would share as a lot of the posters on this board were instrumental to my decision and I figure I will update with my experiences when I receive my package and get a chance to play around with the edge pro a bit as well as test out the GS stones.

I'm quite excited, this will be like starting anew!


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 Post subject: Re: Bit the bullet (Bought an edge pro)
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 10:42 am 

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It is a great system. Works well. Newbies can get nice edges pretty darn quickly. I bought one so my 12 year old daughter could sharpen her own knives. Never really worked out that way, but it was a pretty effective contraption and I am glad I got the chance to use it. Enjoy!


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 Post subject: Re: Bit the bullet (Bought an edge pro)
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 12:05 pm 
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Have fun with it. I'll bet it will make you a better free hand sharpener too.



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 Post subject: Re: Bit the bullet (Bought an edge pro)
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 1:22 pm 

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Hi There KC. A lot of the knowledge you have from freehanding is transferable to using the Apex, eg the stone progression is just the same. A couple of comments, if you already use a diamond stone or whatever for flattening, you should be able to use the same item for flattening the EP stones. If you were thinking of getting the Atoma 140 for use with really dull knives, then maybe consider the Nubatama 150 in its place - it cuts really well & used nicely is an easy transition to say an SG500.

There is a learning curve to the EP as well and some of the best start-up info is Ben's videos on the EP site at edgeproinc.com Also there's a lot of very experienced EP sharpeners on this site so make sure that you use that resource as well.



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 Post subject: Re: Bit the bullet (Bought an edge pro)
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 2:26 pm 

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Thanks, everyone.

Mark, I sure hope to have fun with it! It would be cool if it improved my free hand too!

Grant, I have a full size Atoma 140 and Nubatama 150 and both are great to have! I like the 140 when my grandfather and I pound out a knife in the forge (rail road spikes) as it works well for putting a bevel on a knife when starting from scratch. While the Nubatama is rather wear resistant for what it is I prefer the Atoma for such applications. A belt sander is even better but at times I like to do things by hand and the first few times I used a bastard file...you want to talk about a rough edge!


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 Post subject: Re: Bit the bullet (Bought an edge pro)
PostPosted: Tue May 24, 2016 3:13 pm 

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How do u like it after u have had it awhile I sharpen even when not needed lol I have repro filled and even broke the tip twice on my tojiro itk just to practice ...it's gonna be a short suji before long ha!....how is it tho do you think like another has said it has improved your freehand?


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 Post subject: Re: Bit the bullet (Bought an edge pro)
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 3:09 am 

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Jared wrote:How do u like it after u have had it awhile I sharpen even when not needed lol I have repro filled and even broke the tip twice on my tojiro itk just to practice ...it's gonna be a short suji before long ha!....how is it tho do you think like another has said it has improved your freehand?


I just ordered it, I have not used it yet because it is still in the mail. As for it making someone a better freehand sharpener, I would assume that has to do with feel and sound as well as knowing what a near perfect edge is.


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 Post subject: Re: Bit the bullet (Bought an edge pro)
PostPosted: Wed May 25, 2016 7:12 am 
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@Kit, I would say yes to all those things you mentioned. Depending on your current free hand skill level, the EP (or other guided systems) can also be valuable for learning just how precisely you can grind the bevel at the tip of the knife, generating a tack sharp point. You also might find the EP useful for cutting a super consistent bevel from tip to heel, which you could then practice refining free hand for comparison as a learning exercise.


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