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Sharpmaker is unbelievable!

Discussion in 'Sharpening Stuff -- Stones, Strops, and Systems' started by billym, Aug 7, 2006.

  1. billym

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    My housemate came home from work (outdoor retail) with a "demo" version of a BM 556. It is cool it has a clear handle and an unsharpened blade. Well it had an unsharpened blade until it met the Sharpmaker.
    Just using the grey and white rods as usual plus a little back bevel; he had it POPPING hair withing a couple of hours.
    I would not believe it unless I saw it.
    The knife now has a very fine razor edge; when we looked at it under magnification you could really see a very clean uniform edge.
    This really exhibits the power of the Sharpmaker even without the accessory diamond rods.
     
  2. greenLED

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    what's the estimated life of those rods?
     
  3. m_calingo

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    The standard white and gray rods only need to be cleaned from time to time.  I either use an "eraser" designed to clean the metal gunk off the rods, or just pop them in the dishwasher.  Since the rods are ceramic, I just make sure no forks or spoons or whatnot will clank against them during the cycle, and they should be fine.

    With regular use, they'll probably be around longer than most of us here.
     
  4. greenLED

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    Awesome to know! I thought they'd lose their "edge" :p and need constant replacement.

    Any good (aka cheap) places to get one?
     
  5. Solstice

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    According to Spyderco's material in the Sharpmaker instruction book and video, the white (fine) rods never need replacing, while the gray (medium) rods will need to be replaced in about 3 years with regular use.
     
  6. Co_Outdoorsman

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    My ceramic rods have been around for years with only a cleanup from time to time... However they can and will need replacement if you drop one from the counter to the tile floor below... shatter like glass... at least mine did... :mad:
     
  7. Deaths Head

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    Just wipe the ceramic rods with Scotch Brite and you are good to go.
     
  8. ghostrider

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    I'd have to check the video, but IIRC Sal Glesser said they should last about five years depending on how much sharpenig you do.

    I've even heard people say they should last 10 years. Every once in a while they might need a refreshing with steel wool. There are also other methods.
     
  9. stillphoto

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    Any chance of seeing the clear handled 556? just sounds cool! :highfive:
     
  10. Warrigal

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    Love my sharpmaker, I did post this a week or so ago. Like everything else I can think of the 204 works best when it is clean. The cleaner that they speak of in the dvd is "comet" and scotchbrite pads. Here in Oz the brand is "AJAX" As you use the stones you will feel/hear they start to slide not grind you need to then either turn the stones or wash them. Mine grey stones are four years old ( this set) and they will need replacing soon ( I do use it a lot) Yes the white stones look brand new after cleaning. I also got a set of the ultra fine stones and they do make a difference.
    Have any of you tried to sharpen your vegetable peeler Scarey stuff.
    Carl
     
  11. jtice

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    I have many sharpeners,
    but I seem to revert mack to the sharpmaker the most.
    Its super easy to use, and does a great job.

    I have the original, need to pickup one of the new ones soon.
    My grey stone have seen better days, the middle is starting to have a dip in it.
    But, I have been using it a few years, and have shapred some rather nasty things on it.
    Like old rusted and beatup machetes.

    Dont they make one now that has diamond stones?

    ~John
     
  12. ghostrider

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    They do make diamond rods which are available seperately.
     
  13. greenLED

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    Excellent news!! I'm sold on this little thing.
    Thanks!
     
  14. Deaths Head

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    Diamond rods aren't always recommended, unless you are reprofiling your edge. I would just try the ceramic rods first. It may be just what you are looking for.
     
  15. Lightnig

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    Just fyi, I am not entirely sure the axis dealer demo knives had blades of hardened (or even hardenable) steel. That knife was never intended to be sharpened so it could easily be low carbon or even plain SS steel.

    I strongly suspect that blade will dull faster than a chinese butter knife... ;)
     
  16. NelsonIII

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    I like the Sharpmaker but most of the time I couldn't be bothered to reprofile the edge to 40 or 30 deg inclusive on all my knives. I need a better system to reprofile my blades. I just put a convex on all my knives in a fraction of the time.
     
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    I use an edge pro apex for reprofiling then the SM to maintain the edge and/miro bevel. You can reprofile with the SM diamond rods too but depending on how much your trying to do it can take awhile.
     
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    Depends on how much you use them. Mine last for years and still look like new; well almost new but I clean them once in awhile.

    As far as the OP: a few hours? You could have saved a ton of time by using a diamond stone rod on the Sharpmaker. You would have a good edge within 10 minutes.