I'm interested in purchasing an Edge Pro Apex kit.
Which Edge Pro Apex kit do you recommend for me? I will be buying a Masamoto VG gyuto chef's knife. I want to be able to maintain it with a sharp edge for cooking at home. I'm not a professional chef. Nor do I plan to be entering any knife entering contests, or sharpening other peoples' knives professionally, or inspecting my knives with a microscope. I just want to be able to maintain my own chef's knife for high performance in the kitchen. I am pondering the #3 kit, or the custom Chosera. What do you recommend?
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I like the Edge Pro essential set with the shapton glass stones. They are the best stones on the market for the edge pro and that set is all you need to get screaming sharp edges. Edge Pro Essential Set
Get the Shapton glass stone set, easy to maintain, good cutting and splash and go. Don't forget to add diamond plate for lapping stones, repairing chips and re-profiling. A good strop with compound and steel are also essential too in my opinion. Good luck..
chefknivestogo wrote:... Nor do I plan to be ... inspecting my knives with a microscope. ...
OK, I know inspecting with a microscope seems a bit excessive. But, especially for the newbie, it is an easy way to judge your progress and to figure out what is wrong with the edge.
A scope will show you 1 - a good burr does not necessarily mean all the scratches from the previous stone have been removed 2 - if the scratches are going all the way to the edge. 3 - how consistently smooth the edge really is, i.e., where are the edge's problem areas
The video "The Secret To Improving Your Razor And Knife Edges" is an excellent explanation of the benefits and use of a microscope:
That is an excellent question. http://www.knifeforums.com/forums/showt ... tid/934352 is a long thread discussing varying meanings of pro and professional. It's way beyond my abilities to summarize. As long the term "quality" is in the definition, I believe my previous post will stand.
Among the handful of "outstanding in their field" people I have known, curiosity and humility seem to be essential qualities. Yea, MadRookie I'm thinking of you.