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Which one do you prefer? Apex or Professional?

Fri Mar 28, 2014 10:52 pm

Edge Pro Professional looks like a very sturdy piece of kit but at $600+, wouldn't one consider the WEP? I am debating whether to get a Full Monty Apex set from Mark or go for the Professional. I really like the sturdiness of the Professional model. Anyone with experience of both models, please chip in and do a pro and con analysis. Thanks!

Re: Which one do you prefer? Apex or Professional?

Fri Mar 28, 2014 11:15 pm

Hello knifeman CAN, I do have the professional model. I have been using it now for about 5 months. It is a very solid and well built. I am new at all this stuff but even I can get good edges. I am sorry but I have never used the Apex model.

Re: Which one do you prefer? Apex or Professional?

Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:04 am

I have the Apex and am very pleased. I keep it on a sturdy sheet pan and it is very stable. Do I wish I had sprung for the pro? Not really.

I can't honestly fault the price of the pro. Those pana-vise style bases are expensive.

Cheers,

Rick

Re: Which one do you prefer? Apex or Professional?

Sat Mar 29, 2014 1:39 am

I prefer the pro. Just get the base model for 375$ , your going to be upgrading stones and strops down the line anyways

Re: Which one do you prefer? Apex or Professional?

Sat Mar 29, 2014 3:43 am

Kman, I've had both. The Pro is definitely sturdier and I believe it's capable of more acute angles than the Apex. At the end of the day though, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the Apex and especially the Full Monty for those on a more limited budget - it will get the job done quite well. I do not use the EP on my J Knives - I hand sharpen them for a variety of reasons - but there are plenty of people who use the EP both Apex and Pro for all different kinds of knives and from what i've seen of their pics - very successfully as well.

Good Luck!

Re: Which one do you prefer? Apex or Professional?

Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:57 pm

you can't go wrong with either one, it all just comes down to how much you want to spend.

Re: Which one do you prefer? Apex or Professional?

Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:26 pm

+1 on what Sadden said.
I started with the APEX then went to the PRO a few months later.
The APEX does do a good job but the PRO is sturdier and has a bit wider blade table.
As Sadden said, you will be upgrading your stones.
Also you probably won't be using the scissor sharpener on the PRO so you save a few bucks there.
Bottom line , I try to get and use the best tools I'm capable of using. You won't go wrong either way.

Douglas

Re: Which one do you prefer? Apex or Professional?

Sun Apr 20, 2014 4:06 pm

I bought the Full Monty Apex and I love it. I like not having to soak the stones with the Shaptons that Mark provides. I do have freehand J stones that I soak and that is a pleasure. But with the EP Apex I really like the get up and go situation as I bring the whole set up with me to work on knives at other locations. The Apex is tough and mobile and the Shapton stones are splash and go.
I do wish I had a scissor attachment for the apex. I could get a lot more business. But hey, that's another discussion for later.

Re: Which one do you prefer? Apex or Professional?

Sat May 31, 2014 12:20 am

i have only used the apex, but like it a lot. will probably not get the pro. the apex EP is definitely making me a better freehand sharpener.

pat

Re: Which one do you prefer? Apex or Professional?

Sat May 31, 2014 3:16 pm

I have been playing around a ton with my Apex 4 and see no reason to move to the Pro. Great product and great value. The only thing I need is a more permanent riser block for getting my more narrow knives up to where I can put on 10 - 12 degree angle without hitting the plastic on the stop block with the stone. The video recommends a piece of cardboard, which I am using, but I have to keep replacing it as the water gets to it. Best of luck

Jamie
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