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Spyderco Tri-Angle Premium Sharpmaker Set with DVD and Two Sets of Alumina Ceramic Stones - 204MF
EASY TO USE, OUTSTANDING RESULTS - This has everything necessary to sharpen any type of edged or pointed tool in just a few minutes' time. Simply keep the plane of your knife’s blade vertical and draw the edge along each stone to sharpen.DURABLE DESIGN - The Sharpmaker has an ABS plastic base/storage case and contains keyed holes that accurately set the stones’ sharpening angles at a 30-degrees or 40-degrees.READY TO GO - All components snap into the self-contained ABS plastic base and lid - it is ready to travel with you.SHARPENER FOR THE NOVICE - Every Sharpmaker comes complete with a detailed instruction book and DVD that guides you step by step through the process of sharpening knives, scissors, awls, and many other tools.INCLUDES - Instruction book and DVD. Medium and fine triangular ceramic rods for aggressive sharpening and professional-grade finishing.
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u/HairyHamburgers · 32 pointsr/BuyItForLife

In my opinion, ceramic is crap. It is VERY sharp, and relatively cheap. But the sharpness and edge retention comes at the price of brittleness too. (Steel can get brittle too if it is taken to a very high hardness.)

You know what else is VERY sharp, and is a fair price and will last you a lifetime? Good steel knives. Opinions differ, but I really like Japanese knives. Here's a good example from Tojiro, my favorite bang-for-the-buck knife brand (the DP line specifically.) I've had mine for 10 years and it's never let me down.

Tojiro DP Gyutou - 8.2" (21cm) by Tojiro

If you get the Tojiro or something else, this is, in my opinion, the only knife sharpening method to consider. My Japanese wet stones have been collecting dust since this thing arrived 2 years ago.

Tri-Angle Sharpmaker by Spyderco

If you want that mirror polished edge you'll want to pick up a Ultra Fine Triangle Stone to go with it.

I'd trade 20 ceramic knives for one Tojiro and a Sharpmaker.

Source: Professional chef for 15 years (so far)

u/frenger156 · 7 pointsr/Charlotte

Do it yourself from now on.


idiot proof and super sharp results

u/ARKnife · 6 pointsr/knives
  • S35VN is a stainless steel, so shouldn't rust or stain under normal conditions.

  • As a start I'd get a sharpening system, such as the Spyderco Sharpmaker (mostly used to touch up the blades and restore initial sharpness). It is quite easy to use (plus lots of guides and videos online you can learn from) and can handle serrations as well.

  • Both disassembly and lubing the detent path on the Rike 1507s are excellent ideas and should make the action smoother.

    I've had a few knives made by Rike and all of them had very strong detents out of the box, but they do tend to become smoother (break in) the more you use them.
u/grubsnalf · 6 pointsr/Cooking

Spyderco Sharpmaker


Easy to learn, easy to use. Additionally, I have their triangle-shaped 3rd tier, ultra-fine ceramics.

This works very well for "mirror finishing" blades. Complete overkill but sharpening with this system is like practicing zen buddhism:


Truth be told, if you don't enjoy sharpening blades find a local guy who does this. Before I got that system I found a dude on Craislist who you could drop your knives in a drop outside his house. Three days later he would have them in a locker for you. Never met him / her. Butchers are another option, they do this for a living and they HAVE to sharpen their knives. Tip him a few bucks.

u/[deleted] · 6 pointsr/knives

> I don't think this one is bad for the blade, I use it to resharpen butcher knives and they get sharper than a razor.

The issue is primarily one of edge-holding, not sharpness. Electric sharpeners tend to overheat the edge and sometimes weaken the edge with shearing forces, reducing the knife's ability to remain sharp during use after being sharpened. It tends to be less of an issue for kitchen knives. Also, kitchen knife sharpeners tend to be set to edge angles that are too narrow for an outdoors knife.

Here's the Sharpmaker on Amazon:

It might well do those serrations ok but the only serrated knife I have is a Byrd (from Spyderco) with a different pattern, so I don't know for sure. It sharpens at a set (total) angle of 40deg (or 30deg for back-bevels) and takes a long time to reprofile blades unless you get the diamond stones or wrap wet-n-dry around it. In short, I'm not saying it's the ideal solution for your needs - you'll need to work out what you need yourself.

There are other triangular-shaped sharpeners, such as the Gatco Tri-seps, which might be worth a look.

u/Sancho_IV_of_Castile · 6 pointsr/knifeclub

My generic advice when I see people using folding knives for food prep (some or all of it may be inapplicable to you):

u/GardenGnomeOfEden · 5 pointsr/Bowyer

The Spyderco Sharpmaker is an easy way to get a nice edge. It is pricey at $56, but it should last you for years and years, and you can sharpen damn near anything with it, including scissors, chisels, awls, fishhooks, etc.

Also, /r/knives would be a better place to get answers to this question.

u/EvilDoesIt · 5 pointsr/knives

I think the most idiot-proof sharpening methods are either the Lansky System or the Spyderco Sharpmaker.

I own both and I must say that I prefer the Sharpmaker more. It gets you to a shaving sharp edge in minutes. The Lansky takes more time but I think you will be able to get a sharper edge. More time meaning maybe hours for the initial reprofile.

If you want to learn to freehand, the Smith's Arkansas Tri-Hone is a cheap way to go to experiment. It gives you two decent sized Arkansas stones and a synthetic stone for just over $20.

u/SunBakedMike · 5 pointsr/GoodValue

If you really want to get a block set then try the Victorinox 7 piece set. But honestly building your own is better.

  • Get a universal block like this or this. Avoid wooden blocks, they may look nice but sooner or later unseen crud is going to build up. The Polymer blocks can be taken apart and the insides cleaned out.

  • Victorinox 8 in Chef's Knife best bang for your buck ~$35

  • Mercer Bread 10 in Bread Knife ~$17

  • Victorinox Paring Knife ~ $9. Wusthof is supposed to be better but I'm not spending $40 for a paring knife.

  • Kitchen shears depends on what you are going to do. Light duty shears get a Victorinox Classic ~$14. You'll be able to do all kitchen tasks and occasionally break down a chicken. If you plan to break down chickens more than occasionally then get a Shun Kitchen Shears ~$70. If you plan to break down chickens often then get dedicated heavy duty chicken shears (can't help you with that) and a Victorinox for the light stuff.

  • Get a sharpener. If you're willing to learn how to sharpen get a Spyderco Sharpmaker and a cut resistant glove, if not get a Chef's Choice 4643. The Chef's Choice is a poor 2nd choice I urge you to get a Spyderco, but DO NOT forget the cut resistant glove. Most people after they get good at sharpening become less paranoid about cutting themselves and that's when they cut themselves.

  • Get a honing steel any will do but I like the Wustof 9 in it's magnetic so it'll pick up any metal dust even though I always wipe my knife on a damp towel. Honing and sharpening do two different things. You should hone often, sharpen rarely.

    Here is something from r/ATKgear if you want another opinion.

u/Digital753 · 4 pointsr/Cooking

It's the spyderco 204 mf get some diamond stones on it and boom you'll never need a razor again

Here is a video with a pretty good explanation. it does take you about 15 minutes but you will have a mirror edge, and You can widdle hair with it.

I've have used that chefs choice sharpener, it is pretty good but the diamonds (or steel) run out pretty fast. Of I could spend that money again I would definitely gone for the spyderco.

And if you get it don't be cheap! Give yourself that razor edge for the extra $35

Don't be fooled they are sold per 1

u/mroystacatz · 4 pointsr/knifeclub

Here are my personal essentials.

  • Spyderco Delica 4: $60 VG-10 steel, comes in tons of colors
  • Spyderco Endura 4: Larger version of Delica
  • Morakniv Companion: $12-$20 A really awesome fixed blade, outperforms knives triple it's price.
  • Victorinox Tinker: $20-25 classic swiss army knife, really great quality in general. Lots of tools but not too many so it's easily pocket carried.
  • Victorinox Cadet: Smaller Swiss Army Knife, aluminum handles. Lots of colors.
  • Kershaw Cryo, or Cryo 2: $20-40 steel frame lock, Hinderer design, good price, tons of colors. The Cryo 2 is the same as the Cryo just larger.
  • Ontaro Rat 1 or 2: $25-30 Classically shaped folders with a very rugged build for a liner lock. The 2 is a smaller version of the 1.

    Also, you're going to want a sharpening system that works for you in the long run. I personally use the Spyderco Sharpmaker But there are tons of good sharpening options out there.

    P.S: You're going to get a lot of people hating on your Gerbers most likely, that's because they're honestly not worth it in the long run. They use very low quality steel for the price and they don't have the best quality control. I'm not saying your Gerbers are trash or anything. But they definitely won't last very long. Just about all of the knives I listed will last you a lifetime if you treat them right, and oil/sharpen them correctly.
u/SeungOfStorms · 4 pointsr/knives

I would pick up a Spyderco Sharpmaker - it's fairly foolproof to use, and the basic set will take care of most sharpening needs, though it's not great with really messed up edges (though you can buy coarser diamond rods to use as well.) I've been using it for a few years now, and it's taken care of hundreds of resharpenings for me without problem.

u/CokeCanNinja · 3 pointsr/EDC

I would recommend a Spyderco Sharpmaker over that kit. I have a similar kit to what he posted, and it sucks. The Spyderco Sharpmaker is much better, and cheaper.

u/_snacknuts · 3 pointsr/Cooking

I've been using this SpyderCo Sharpmaker for a couple years and I've been really happy with it. Makes it dead simple to get the proper angle consistently while sharpening.

u/BlendinMediaCorp · 3 pointsr/Cooking

My mini food processor has been surprisingly useful, for dips, spreads, and sauces. I don’t really bake, so between that and my immersion blender, I have most of my blending/whirring/processing needs met.

Life improved after I got 2-3 more cutting boards in big and small sizes. And then maybe 1 more.

A GREAT bread knife is a revelation. Cutting baguettes for a party is no longer a chore I dread.

I got this spinning utensil holder — it’s comically large but I love having my 6 pairs of tongs and all my spatulas and wooden spoons and whisks within easy reach.

My Spyderco knife sharpener is easy to use even for someone with zero experience, and I’m so darn happy every time after I use it because my knives cut so much better. [Edit: one too many words]

u/sandmansleepy · 3 pointsr/LifeProTips

A couple whetstones is just about the simplest that you can do, one coarse and one fine. I like using traditional whetstones, and I get great results, but when I am lazy, I use a guided sharpening system of some kind. Pull through sharpeners destroy your blade, making nicks into bigger nicks. Don't use those. I use a spyderco sharpmaker or a lansky system when I am lazy, and for people who don't want to spend hours and hours getting good at freehanding with whetstones, these are probably the best options. Links are below.

If you have more questions, or are truly interested or into knives, come check out /r/knifeclub

u/Detach50 · 3 pointsr/knives

Spyderco sharpmaker! For $100 or less you can get the sharpmaker and the ultra fine rods. After ten minutes, you'll be an expert with a shaving sharp blade.


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u/slasher00141 · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

If you want a good and cheap sharpening system, the smith tri hone Or the venerable lansky guided system if you just need to touch up go for a spyderco sharpmaker

u/unnecessary_axiom · 3 pointsr/knives

I got and use the Spyderco Sharpmaker ($54). It's very easy to use, and sharpens my Tenacious to easily shave arm hair. Comes with an instructional DVD.

u/TOUCHER_OF_SHEEP · 3 pointsr/EDC

It's definitely enough for a nice knife, though you might want to go a bit higher for a great knife. The KaBar BK2 is actually designed with things like batoning (hammering the knife through wood as a kind of faux hatchet using another piece of wood against the blade of the knife as the hammer itself) or chopping. It's a bit over $60, currently available for $69 to be precise, but as long as you don't flat out abuse it (prying heavy things, for example) it'll serve you well and quite possibly for the rest of your natural life.

At a lower price, you can get the Condor Bushlore, which at $35 is a perfectly valid choice that will serve you well indeed.

For an even lower price yet, the Mora Heavy Companion is from one of those few cheaper knife companies that does incredible work. I wouldn't baton with it, honestly, but even if you did it'd probably hold up just fine.

At a more expensive range, the Ontario Rat-5 is an amazing bushcraft knife. The Fallkniven Pilot Survival Knife is also an amazing knife. The Benchmade Bone Collector is spectacular knife made in D2 tool steel, one of the better steels available at that price. Another amazing knife is the Spyderco Bushcraft made in O1 tool steel. Finally, the Benchmade 162 is a pretty amazing knife.

One thing you'll notice about all of these knives with the exception of the Pilot Survival knife and the BM 162 is that they're all carbon steel knives. Carbon steel is a lot tougher than stainless (with a few very, very rare exceptions I'd never trust a long knife to be stainless steel) with the trade off of being a lot more of a hassle to take care of, since it needs to be regularly cleaned and oiled.

If you want a fire starter, carry a magnesium fire starter. With the carbon steel knives, you can probably strike it against the back of the blade to create the sparks you'll want and if not (like with some of the coated ones) you'll be carrying the striker anyway.

For sharpening, you'll want to get a decent sharpening setup and start stropping. A couple of easy sharpening systems would be the superior Spyderco Sharpermaker (usually available on Amazon around the $50 mark) or the Lansky Sharpening system which while cheaper isn't as good. You could take the time to learn how to free hand it, but most casual users don't care that much because it takes a long time to get proficient at freehand sharpening. Stropping is running the blade against something like smooth leather (usually smooth leather, actually) to remove burrs along the blade of a knife made by use and sharpening and the restore a blade to a better edge without removing metal. Stropping allows for a level of sharpness unachievable by sharpening alone and extends a knife's lifetime by allowing sharpness to be achieved for longer without removing metal from the blade. To learn how to strop, watch videos on YouTube or check out guides from the sidebar of /r/knives.

Finally, if you want a whistle, just carry a whistle. If you want a mirror for signaling, carry a small signaling mirror or mirror polish the knife you buy (a process where you sand the blade with increasing grit level sandpaper until it shines like the sun and you can see yourself in the blade).

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.

u/UncannyGodot · 3 pointsr/knifeclub

Yes, I certainly do.

On the low end you have some handheld sharpeners. The Smith's model is iconic and cheap. It gives you an acceptable edge, but it's not going to be good, and once it's loaded with metal it's hard to clean. These are mostly for tackle boxes and backpacks, quick solutions. It really wouldn't do a Benchmade justice.

In the middle, you can buy a guided rod system. The Spyderco Sharpmaker is the best I've seen. Lansky makes a few like this one. These systems do a really good job on pocket knives. The Sharpmaker is a great investment if you plan on dealing with knives for any extended period of time. They can keep a knife very sharp for years. Lansky's systems are relatively inexpensive, but aren't as precise as and lack some of the features of a Sharpmaker. I think the Sharpmaker is an ideal solution.

On the high end, you're looking at sharpening stones. There are two classes, oil and water stones. Oil stones are slower, but water stones are used slightly in the course of sharpening (one might last a decade for me) and are more prone to damage. These let you do repair, produce a more customized edge, and work on a knife's geometry behind the edge, something all knives require eventually. The majority of the time you wouldn't need this level of equipment, but when they come in handy they really come in handy. I use water stones on all of my knives. For most pocket knife users it's much easier and less costly to let a professional do this sort of work and maintain the knife with a rod system. No links here; there are dozens if not hundreds of stones on the market and there's no perfect one. Starting costs are around $150.

At the super duper expensive level, you have advanced assisted sharpening systems like the Edge Pro. These things are slick, easy to use, and ridiculously effective. They should be for the cost. Stones are still more versatile and a lot of the people who use these branch out in many ways.

u/crigsdigs · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

One of the best sharpeners you can buy. It's a very small learning curve (can you hold a knife straight?) but it will get your knives incredibly sharp without taking off much material, which is the issue with sharpeners like the one you have.

u/Toro34 · 2 pointsr/MealPrepSunday

No one else has mentioned it, but do not use that crappie 'pull through' sharpener. It will ruin your knives. It takes away too much material

If you want to learn to actually sharpen your knives, I suggest a spyderco sharp maker. There's plenty of videos and it's almost as good as stones

u/SarcasticDad · 2 pointsr/food

Check out the "sharp maker" from spyderco. I picked one up last week and was able to take a somewhat dull knife to an arm shaving edge in about 10 minutes. Much better for your knives than an electric or carbide sharpener and much easier to use than flat stones.

u/KazanTheMan · 2 pointsr/KitchenConfidential

In lieu of a set of stones, which can be time consuming and require a lot of practice, I recommend this sharpener set. Very easy, extremely durable and forgiving of mistakes, whereas with a soft stone it's extremely easy to scoop out a chunk of stone with the wrong angle. It's also much less destructive to the blade material itself compared to the metal cleaving bevel sharpeners. It requires no oil or water, all you really need to go with it is a strop and you can go from dull to absolute razor's edge in about 3 minutes. Bonus, it's easily configured for multiple work types, so you can sharpen a shitload of edge styles. I use it for my chisels, utility knives, scissors, and all my knives, and for shits and giggles I even tried my 30" machete blade (a bit unwieldy on such a long draw), it handled them all like a champ.

u/Groberio · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker Knife Sharpener 204MF

Spyderco Double 1 x 5 x 1/4 Stuff Fine/Medium Stone with Pouch

u/Inigo93 · 2 pointsr/CampingGear

Can't help you for an actual whetstone set, but if all you're trying to do is put a razor's edge on a knife, I highly recommend a Sharpmaker. Been using one for probably 30 years. Any moron can put a decent edge on a knife with one and with a small amount of care/practice you can shave with a knife that has been sharpened with one.

u/BewilderedAlbatross · 2 pointsr/knives

Any novice can use this. In the first hour of using it I made 3 knives shaving sharp and I couldn't do anything close to that with a diamond sharpener.

u/nreyes238 · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

I use the Diamond Deluxe Lansky kit with an Arkansas hone.

If you don't have "super steel" on your knives, you can easily get away with the regular Lansky kit (non-diamond).

I use an old leather belt for a strop.

And I use the Spyderco Sharpmaker for touchups. Got it used on /r/knife_swap.

u/UncleSpoons · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

If this is the gif you saw (in video form) that is the RAD knives field cleaver! It is a crazy good knife but it will set you back 1-3 grand, they are also very hard to get. You can get nearly any knife that sharp so i would reccomend investing in a cheaper knife like the Spyderco Tenacious and also some sharpening supplies like the Spyderco Sharpmaker although all of my Spyderco knives have came that sharp from the get go.

u/pwny_ · 2 pointsr/Cooking

Here is the easier method:

2 whetstones held at a fixed vertical angle. It's very easy to use.

u/PissedOffBiotic · 2 pointsr/EDC

I use a Lansky, also good is a Smith's. The best one out there imo is the Sharpmaker.

u/Aederrex · 2 pointsr/EDC

Aim as high up this list as you're willing to spend.

For most people, 154CM, CPM-S30V, and VG-10 are about as good as you're going to go for an EDC knife in an affordable price range, and they're all quite good.

Besides that DO NOT use one of those little carbide sharpener things. They're terrible and will almost certainly destroy your edge over time. They can in theory be used without that happening, but you're putting in as much skill as it would take to learn to sharpen freehand on a whetstone.

If you want easy, get a Spyderco Sharpmaker, they're a bit pricey but worth it for the edges you can get with minimal skill.

For something more advanced, I suggest a DMT Diasharp. I use the Fine/Ultra Fine double sided one I linked, but you may want different grits (I recommend going no coarser than medium however) or their larger 8 or 10 inch plates if you don't mind spending more money.

u/mughmore · 2 pointsr/windsorontario

Williams should still sharpen them, or, if you want to follow /u/Tidgey's advice and get a sharpener, I've heard good things about Spyderco's Sharpmaker.

u/ecofriend94 · 2 pointsr/ParkRangers

Paracord is good survival type thing and can be used for pretty much anything. The galaxy is the limit with this one, use your creativity and imagination and paracord can get it done.

My shoulder light has a red light, white, and yellow, and I can adjust them all individually or have all of them blinking at the same time (like a cop light). It’s extremely useful for when you are dealing with people at night, no more holding a flashlight in your mouth while you write!

Our work has a gerber brand as well, I got a leatherman when I was 15 and still works amazing 10 years later. I carry that instead because the work multi-tool isn’t upkept very well and is super dull over the years.
I am not sure if they still make mine but it is similar to this one:

I sharpen my SpyderCo knife (use it all the time!) and multi tool with this: Spyderco 204MF Triangle Sharpmaker
It is pricey but will last a long time. Good quality in my opinion.

As far as money goes, really have to ask yourself how long you will use the item and how much use you will get out of it. Especially things like safety, I’ll buy a pair of Oakley’s over buying a lower-end brand. I personally like spending money on quality I know I’ll use a lot and having it last than to have something I’ll need to replace every few years. But there are cheaper options that work just as good.

We just have a standard toolbox, top swings open and there is a removable tray- so 2 levels of storage. Med bag is almost like a duffel bag but square. Brochures are in an organizer bag that straps onto a seat. Fee envelopes and other smaller paper items are in a small storage tub with clasps.

My personal stuff I carry a small Osprey bag that holds everything real well.

I do want to note that many items were gifts, I am by no means rolling in money. I also don’t want you to feel like you need all this stuff. I really like being prepared and I go camping a lot as well so I get a lot of use from them, so for me it is worth it.

u/LuckXIII · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary
  • Ah this is actually a big topic.
  • For a hone, you have three options. A basic grooved steel, a ceramic rod, or a diamond coated steel. The grooved (most common) and the diamond will hone your edge but will also sharpen for better and for worst your edge at the same time due to the courseness of the grooving / diamond coating. The ceramic will do the same, however because it's smooth, it's usually designed to give you a very fine grit at most in it's "sharpening" process ie removes as little metal as possible, maybe at most polish the edge a bit which favors most nicer knife owners. For a western style knife such as yours, and especially stamped blade with a low hardness, your edge usually will roll and fairly often and thus a hone is actually best for you to own and use on a somewhat daily basis. I recommend any non diamond, grooved steel although I find that diamond steels grind far too much metal at inaccurate angles (due to the very wild free hand motion of steeling) but does help give you a quick toothy edge. My personal one of use is ceramic.
  • As for sharpening, while I don't like pull through or machine sharpeners at all and personally use stones, I don't exactly recommend them for you. The reason is I just don't see the time spend hand sharpening on stones worth the blade/blade material. That is, your knife isn't designed to hold an extremely keen edge, nor is it designed to hold an edge for an insane amount of time, thus for me, when I use a nox or a stamped blade a pull through or a machine sharpener is fine by me. As recommended the accusharp , or any of the decent chefchoice sharpeners will work very well for you. However if you want to progress and learn, then I recommend a low to medium grit combo stone. Say 600 and 1000/2000 so that if you feel like it, you can reset the bevel and then give your knife a decent working edge.
  • Now say if you upgrade to nicer blades, then by all means stones is the way to go if not an Edge Pro system. Reason for it is that your paying for very nice metal on your blade and thus the very aggressive grinding actions of machine and pull thru sharpeners hurts your investment far more than helps it. Further more, you control the angle and the fineness of your blade. Have Super Blue core steel? Hap40? Bring that sucker down to 9-10 degrees a side with a 20k mirror polished edge. I like to see a machine do that. Plus, usually, with these 'nicer blades' your often running into Japanese knives. J knives are usually made with pretty hard metals, hrc 60+ which does not work with many steels on the market since J knives aren't designed for that to begin with. J knives are designed to have keen, hard , steep edges that are meant to be held for a long time and most likely to chip than roll so whenever it's time to touch up, it's by stones only.
  • Anyways thats likely more than you ever wanted to know, so to answer your OP, for a steel I recommend the Tojiro Sharpening steel, if you prefer the ideal of a diamond steel giving you a toothy edge while your hone then a DMT fine will suit you. If you want your hone to just hone and not sharpen, then the Idahone fine is pretty much everyone's favorite.
  • For sharpeners the AccuSharp is my favorite pull thru sharpener, the Spydero sharpmaker wasn't too bad and any of the common electric sharpeners will give you a working edge pesto pesto "pro" or get a basic combo stone
u/Gullex · 2 pointsr/Survival

Spyderco Sharpmaker.

Reasonably priced, and it has taken my knife sharpening abilities from "meh" to "scary". It's stupid easy to do and will result in a shaving-sharp blade with minimal time and effort, and doesn't take a shit ton of metal off your blade like some of the powered options do. Also way more portable.

u/Terror_Bear · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

You'd think they would give you a bit of a warning, but I understand why they wouldn't.

If you think you're going to be serious about collecting and sharpening knives. Drop some cash on something like: Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker & a set of ultra-fine stones to go with it.

It'll set you back about $75 all together, but it's a one time purchase that will last you your life.

There are other awesome sharpening systems out there, but that one is the most bang for your buck. If you want to spend stupid money on a sharpener; I hear wicked edge makes an awesome product

u/eltonnovs · 2 pointsr/knives

If it's a plain edge I would recommend the Lansky sharpening system, it's pretty affordable and easy to use as a beginner. If it's (partially) serrated I would say a Spyderco Sharpmaker, but I don't have any hands on experience with that one.

u/dino-dic-hella-thicc · 2 pointsr/knives

You could try using a whetstone or if you plan on sharpening more knives theres the [Worksharp](Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpener or there's the [Sharpmaker](Spyderco 204MF Triangle Sharpmaker If its just a SAK then id just use [this](Smith's PP1 Pocket Pal Multifunction Sharpener, Grey

u/Reachmonkey · 2 pointsr/knives

okay, so... as far as cheap sharpening goes, stay away from pull thru sharpeners they give a mediocre edge and take years off the steel.
a cheap-ish way is to get a stone but learning to free hand sharpen is a pain and can take years to truly get the hang of. also chosing grits and a good stone that wont crumble and scratch the shit out of your knife.

you can get a lansky for 35-40$

or you can get a spyderco sharpmaker for 50-60$

i use one of these for rough stuff, really bad edges and reprofiling. i would recommend this because if you arent going to be sharpening often and dont need a razor edge itll be fine.

a good strop can get expensive but honestly you can just pick one for 15-20$ and some buffing compound for 3-10$

you can also use one of these to get a mirror edge, closer to finishing, freehand sharpening again has a larger learning curve, practice on a crappy knife. seriously. you will fuck up at first. you should see my first knife, gross...

if you decide in the freedom of freehand sharpening, check out atomedges guide in the sidebar. pretty helpful.

u/cattermeier · 2 pointsr/AskCulinary

I went with stones for a while, but then shifted over to the SpyderCo System with the ultrafine finish.

I don't know if this is cheating or getting the 100% sharpest edge, but damn it makes it easy to do on a monthly basis and cuts smoothly through anything I use while cooking.

u/SJToIA · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

A lot of people are going to recommend the Spyderco Sharpmaker. I don't have one yet but I will be picking one up shortly, based on all the stellar reviews it gets. Supposedly it's a very versatile and effective system, especially for beginners. Something like this would be good to start with, and can be your go-to sharpening system. Meanwhile, do some research on sharpening stones and techniques (tons on YouTube) and eventually you can learn to sharpen freehand and do reprofiling if you need to. Reprofiling just means changing the angle or grind of the edge bevels. People will often do this to tweak the peformance of their knives (thin the edge for better slicing, thicken the edge for chopping, etc). It's not something you will likely need or want to do right away. Better to get some experience in basic sharpening first. Hope this helps, good luck.

u/idefiler6 · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

I always recommend the Spyderco Sharpmaker, especially for someone just starting out learning to sharpen.

Instructional video by the creator:

It's good for folders, fixed blades, kitchen knives, scissors, serrated, plain edge. Pretty much anything with a blade can be sharpened with this thing.

u/tokyohoon · 2 pointsr/japanlife

Exactly. I have a Spyderco Sharpmaker, and once every couple of months I go through every knife in the household, takes about an hour while I watch a movie. It was pricey, but one of the best tools I ever bought.

Reminds me, it's about that time... I think the missus was cutting on frozen chicken again. ˚‧º·(˚ ˃̣̣̥⌓˂̣̣̥ )‧º·˚

u/psychotropicx · 2 pointsr/knives

If you want to sharpen freehand Japanese water stones are awesome, this is the one I bought to try them out, and it still works great two years later. They work fast and put a beautiful razor sharp, mirror edge on a knife. Anytime I need to sharpen a seriously dull knife, or change the bevel, that's what I use.

But for quick touch ups, which I do three or four times a month because I hate dull knifes, I can not recommend the Spyderco Sharpmaker enough. It's nearly fool proof, does an excellent job, and there is no mess or cleanup. However, unless you have loads of time it's really only good for touch ups, at least with the rods it comes with.

u/CamelCavalry · 2 pointsr/ArtisanVideos

If Arkansas stones suit your needs, you can get a very affordable set.

For something a little easier to use, but maybe not as flexible, lots of people like the Spyderco Tri-Angle sharpmaker.

u/Dogwithrabiez · 2 pointsr/knifeclub

For that price, I'd spring for the spyderco sharpmaker instead, or just get a set of King 1000/6000 stones.

u/robjdlc · 2 pointsr/sharpening

Can’t beat a Sharpmaker.

Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker Knife Sharpener 204MF

u/LastManOnTheScene · 2 pointsr/tampa
u/HelloFromPortland · 1 pointr/knives

Do you recommend any certain brand of mineral oil? Also, would this get the job done as far as sharpening goes? -

I just feel like $20 is better for someone just starting out, vs $50+ for this -

Then again, I don't really know much about this. Let me know what you think, thanks!

u/adenbley · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

the consensus is that you should get the spyderco sharpmaker. i personally like the dmt kit, but it is not as bifl as the spyderco.

u/EbolaFred · 1 pointr/Cooking

I went through a big sharpener search a few months ago. My recommendations:

Use a hone before every use. A hone doesn't sharpen a knife. It straightens the edge side-to-side.

Use a stone every 6-12 months (depends on use) to sharpen.

I ended up with a Spyderco. It's ceramic, so no need for oil. And the angles are preset. It works great, night-and-day difference.

There's a cheaper one made by another company, but with the same idea. I forget the name but it was maybe $20 cheaper than Spyderco. Probably produces similar results.

Don't bother with the handheld gimmick sharpeners.

Don't bother with standalone whetstones unless you want to make this a serious hobby. This method is no doubt superior, but it's tough to master.

The Chefmate electric apparently works well, but it's expensive and eats a lot more steel compared to doing by hand.

Good luck.

u/video_descriptionbot · 1 pointr/triangle

Title | How to use the Spyderco Sharpmaker - easy knife sharpening for beginners
Description | The Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker can be found for about $50-60 and offers a simple, convenient way to sharpen an edge at either 30 or 40 degree angle. It uses ceramic rods that are arranged in a V-shape position so that all you need to do is to keep the edge pointed down. A simply whetstone is of course a cheaper alternative for knife sharpening but it requires a lot of practice to get the angle right consistently. Where to find it:
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u/Taylorvongrela · 1 pointr/triangle

OP, I had the exact same concerns about sharpening my own knives. I have great hand eye coordination and can definitely be very delicate with my hands, but I know I'm still going to struggle to hold the proper angle with a flat stone line like that. Takes a lot of practice to get good and consistent at that sharpening motion.

Solution: I bought a Spyderco Triangle Sharpmaker from Amazon. What this style of product does is handle the angle work for you by design, offers a 30 degree and 40 degree edge. You simply take the triangular stones and slide them into the base so that they make a "v" shape, and then you sharpen the blade by keeping it verticle and dragging it towards yourself across the stones, alternating between sides stroke by stroke.


I really can't recommend this product enough. Although, to anyone who is interested, I found that I got the best results when I purchased an additional set of triangle stones that are the "ultra fine" grit. All told I think I spent $70 and now I don't have to focus on maintaining the exact angle with a whetstone.

u/soloburrito · 1 pointr/Austin

I bought a Spyderco sharpener and am satisfied with it. Takes a little practice at first, but it's otherwise foolproof. You can find the official instructional video on youtube to get an idea for how it works.

u/synt4x · 1 pointr/NewOrleans is the best DIY sharpener I've found. Due to the shape, you can even do serrated blades, needles, and hooks. It sets the angle for you, so you have less guess work to deal with. The only downside I've found is that it's difficult to take off a LOT of material, so if you have seriously neglected knives, or are trying to sharpen a chip out of it, you may be better off taking it to someone with a wheel grinder.

u/JGailor · 1 pointr/Survival

If you are interested in a larger sharpener that has honestly put razor edges (after just a touch of honing post-sharpening) on every blade I have around the house, the SpyderCo sharpening system is, as the kids say, "the tits". I take it camping with me. A little extra weight but I can take a ding out of a blade reasonably quickly with the coarse stones.

Some people have some reservations about using it as a general purpose sharpener, but I have had great experiences across the board with it.

u/DrSterling · 1 pointr/knives

I expect that a lot of people are going to comment this, but you really cant go wrong with the spyderco sharpmaker. It's the device I use on all my knives, great for beginners and intermediate collectors alike. It only takes a few tries to get the technique down, and there are ways to sharpen both straight edge (obviously) and serrations.

Once you start getting more into knives, some other great systems that I've been researching are the edgepro and the wicked edge. These will run you a lot more money- hundreds for the best wicked edge- but these are the kinds of sharpeners that the pros use to get ridiculously sharp edges on their knives.

There are a ton of excellent videos on youtube detailing how to use these products to get a great edge. Check out jdavis882 if you are interested in the edgepro.

Sorry for the ranting post. Hope you find what you're looking for, and tell us what you get and how you're liking it!

u/groverofl · 1 pointr/knives
u/skipsmagee · 1 pointr/knives

I really like my Spydero Sharpmaker, $54. It has coarse and fine stone rods and holds them at conventional angles so I can cheat and be more consistent than I am on a whetstone. It's portable and has been very effective on my pocket and kitchen knives.

u/poodood · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

honestly if you're not looking to get into all the ins and outs of sharpening then the spyderco sharpmaker is a pretty solid choice and it can get you a hair shaving edge. i'd also recommend picking up some untra fine ceramic stones, a strop, and some green compound. for more in depth info check out this thread as well as the sidebar over at /r/knives. i hope this helps you out.

u/Classic_rock_fan · 1 pointr/EDC this is what I use on my knives and it works great and is really easy to use

u/uberfastman · 1 pointr/knives

Spyderco Sharpmaker. Really easy to use, quality item, and you can find it on Amazon or on eBay for under $60.

I've also heard really good things about the Lansky system, specifically the 3-stone or 5-stone ones, which are also both under $60 on their website and for cheaper (<$40) on sites like eBay and Amazon.

u/anonanon1313 · 1 pointr/Cooking

Not sure about UK availability, but:

Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker Knife Sharpener 204MF

It works on my Wusthof bread knife.

u/TheStuffle · 1 pointr/EDC

Do yourself a favor and pick up a decent sharpening system. That two weeks could have been 5 minutes!

You don't have to spend a ton, here's a good one for under $20. Or there is the Spyderco Sharpmaker for around $60. No skill required for either to put a nice edge on your blade.

u/5hameless · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

If you're genuinely going through a lot of knives in your household, you may just want to look at a good sharpener. Personally, I love my Spyderco sharpener, it's done me well with anything I've put through it.

If you're looking to get something simply for slicing onions, I'd look into a mandolin. /r/cooking says Benriner, Swissmar Borner, or Oxo are good bets.

u/Taboggan · 1 pointr/knifeclub

I would get something a little cheaper like a:

u/Stereo · 1 pointr/food

After reading this great tutorial on sharpening, I decided to get the Spyderco Sharpmaker. Shop around for better prices.

u/diablo_man · 1 pointr/knives

Ive got the same system, and it works well enough, though a bit of a pain for frequent touch ups. Its very simple to use.

though, for your purposes, the Lansky Croc sticks might be better. its very cheap only 20 bucks or so.

The spyderco sharpmaker is the same sort of thing, though higher quality. of course it costs a few times more, at 60-70 bucks.

those hold the rod/stones at the right angles to sharpen at, and you just hold the knife vertical and draw them down, swapping sides. its very possible with both to get extremely sharp edges quickly.

u/incith · 1 pointr/sharpening

Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker Knife Sharpener 204MF

Lansky Professional Sharpening System with Coarse, Medium, Ultra Fine, and Serrated Medium Hones

These would be my recommendations for you based on what you already have etc.

Smiths makes a Tri-Hone as well..if you want to start in freehand sharpening. You can Amazon search for it. I don't think a sharpening steel would be the greatest for pocket knives but it depends on what you want to do too (eg how sharp you want it etc).

u/desktop_version_bot · 1 pointr/EDC
u/CitizenTed · 1 pointr/Bellingham

I have some expensive kitchen knives and I've had great success keeping them sharp with the Spyderco Tri-Angle Kit.

It's a bit costly and you have to pay attention and do it right. There are YouTube videos to assist in proper practice. Every month or so I bring out the kit and go through my knives and it works great.

u/kowalski71 · 1 pointr/AskMen

I have a basic arkansas stone that works very well at what it does... but I'm not necessarily a pro at what I do. Hand sharpening on a stone requires you to hold the knife at a very constant angle while working it through a relatively complex motion. Very difficult to get a good edge but if you practice and get the skills it's the cheapest and most versatile method of sharpening. Most people (definitely myself included) also need a decent preexisting edge to sharpen as they can 'set' the knife on that flat. Much harder if the existing edge is crap.

What I have for quick and dirty sharpening is a Lansky set. A bracket clamps to the knife and holds a rod (attached to the stone) at essentially a constant angle to the blade. It has some issues so I don't use it on the knives I really care about but it's good for really quickly bringing a beat knife back to a decently usable edge. I use my Lansky set on kitchen knives.

However, if you're willing to spend a bit more money, the Spyderco Sharpmaker is a very well reviewed product. I suppose this is my 'Everest' tip as I don't actually have one but I'll buy one eventually, when I have a particularly profitable feeling month. The idea here is that it's much easier to hold a knife vertical than at some obscure angle like 27 degrees. The put the sharpening stone on the angle then essentially do a 'chopping' motion along the stone to bring an edge in. It solves a lot of the problems of the Lansky but doesn't require as much skill as just a stone. These are rather well regarded in the knife community, though those guys still go after hand sharpening.

u/______-__-______ · 1 pointr/de

Ja, je nach Messer kann das ziemlich in die Hose gehen.

Ich hatte so was auch mal, und hab mir dann den Spyderco Sharpmaker geholt.

Ist finde ich leichter zu bedienen als Steine (komme mit Steinen nur bedingt zurecht, aber ich hab wahrscheinlich auch nicht genug Zeit reingesteckt).
Ist etwas teuer, aber das sind gute Steine ja auch.

u/test18258 · 1 pointr/knives

If [this] ( is the one your talking about then I would not recommend it. Those kind of sharpener are in general very poor at sharpening your knife and wear out the blade much faster than a regular sharpening system. They function by pinching off chunks of metal and leaving a wavy stressed edge that will dull quickly and require sharpening again.

Instead for a similar price, at least here in the US its a similar price. I would recommend the

[spyderco sharpmaker] (

It holds the ceramic rods at pre set angles but doesnt have only a single angle to it and you can even take out the rods and use them individually or tilt the sharpener to make up for some smaller variations in the factory grind angle.
Also very importantly you can clean the ceramic rods in the sharpmaker awhile in that device you really cant.
The one draw back that the sharpmaker has is that the brown ceramic "Medium" grit rods are very fine and do not do good at sharpening a knife that is very dull (its very slow at it)

Alternatively I would also recommend this

[Lansky diamond ceramic turnbox] (

Its similar to the sharpmaker but cheaper, has shorter ceramic rods which can make it a little less ideal for longer knives like kitchen knives. But it also comes with some diamond rods that are much courser than the rods on the sharpmaker.
The sharpmaker does come with diamond or CBN rods but they cost almost as much as the whole sharpener, though a great addition if you do a lot of dull knives.

u/outlaw99775 · 1 pointr/WTF

That's a good knife, is she a professional chef?

If not, just buy her a shit (or an ok one) knife and a good sharpener.
I recommended the Sharp Maker:

u/huntmol · 1 pointr/knives

I use a Sharpmaker and other than new users dulling the point of their blades I find it to be an easy and effective sharpening method.

You noted above that this isn't a bad setup. Is it good enough for the average EDC knife user such as myself?

What system would you recommend over this one? A pair of bench hones? I have zero experience bench honing a knife, but I would be interested if they can be found reasonably priced.

u/EbayNachos · 1 pointr/knives

Well first off, for hiking, the last thing I would recommend would be an all black, "tactical", tanto pointed, ka-bar stamped, crop circle handled thing as such.

But alas...

Good sharpeners that are always reccommeneded would be either the Spyderco Sharpmaker or a Lanksy.

u/MoonOverJupiter · 1 pointr/SkincareAddiction

I've used my good kitchen knife sharpener to sort of re-edge tweezers. It worked!

I have a sharpener like this, because I also have Kitchenware Addiction. It's rough 😁...

u/Adolf_ · 1 pointr/knives

So this or this?

u/All_the_rage · 1 pointr/knives

You can actually get the Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker for $50 here.

u/Tadashi047 · 1 pointr/knifeclub

Save up for a Lansky Sharpening System or a Spyderco Sharpmaker. Carbide pull-through sharpeners will tear-up and eventually weaken the edge of your blades. Here's an example.

u/redditiem2 · 1 pointr/AskCulinary

I l'get great results from the sharpmaker.

u/major_wood_num2 · 1 pointr/Denton

It's not what you asked for but these things really are idiot proof.

It really is a one time purchase that will sharpen everything for you.

u/diligentdogs · 0 pointsr/philadelphia

> anyone claiming to sharpen serrated blades for a few dollars is lying--it's impossible with a machine or stone, and takes forever to do by hand

It's not impossible by hand. A buddy of mine who owns a shop filled with knives recommended the Spyderco triangle sharpener and it works wonderfully.

Anyone claiming to sharpen a dull serrated knife by hand for $8-$9 isn't necessarily lying, but they're going to be making less than minimum wage if they take the time to do it properly.