Spyderco Sharpmaker

It is a little known fact that Spyderco got their start selling knife sharpeners.  Lucky for us, their knives took off and the rest is history. 

Unfortunately, there are many myths surrounding knife sharpening, and a lot of people simply don't know how to do it correctly.  I have always felt that it is best to learn to sharpen free-hand on a quality sharpening stone.  The reason is that once learned, any knife can be sharpened, no matter the edge angle.  

For those that don't want to spend the time learning how to sharpen free-hand, or can't seem to get it down, there is a dizzying array of sharpening gizmos and contraptions available.  As is typically the case, simpler is better. 

The Spyderco Sharpmaker is a new take on an old sharpening method, usually known as crock sticks.  Spyderco has taken the crock stick design and added their high quality ceramic sharpening stones, in both fine and medium grits, and combined them with a plastic base.  The base has two different angles in which the stones can be placed to best suit your particular knife.  When finished sharpening, all stones can be neatly stored in the base for compact storage. 

The beauty of the design is in it's simplicity.  Instead of having to hold your  knife at a certain angle to sharpen the edge, Spyderco has already selected the angle for you.  To sharpen, you simply have to hold the knife vertically and drag the edge down the sharpening stone from tip to choil. 

It may not be foolproof but comes pretty close to it. 

I also want to mention the quality of Spyderco's stones.  Unlike other types of sharpening stones, such as aluminum oxide, Arkansas, or India stones, Ceramic doesn't wear.  So there's no need to flatten the stones after years of use.  They also do not need any oil applied while sharpening and can be cleaned with water.  If you happen to drop one and damage it, replacement stones are available from Spyderco. 

In summation, if you are looking for an easy to use sharpening method that will work with modern high-alloy steels, pick up a Sharpmaker and I think it will take care of your sharpening needs. 


One Comment on "Spyderco Sharpmaker"

  1. How to Sharpen Knives : EDC Items.com on Sun, 18th Apr 2010 2:25 pm 

    […] If you can not seem to get any results from with the stone or don’t have the time to learn, the only sharpening gadget that I recommend is the Spyderco Sharpmaker. […]

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