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Edge Pro Professional 4 Knife Sharpening System

Dull is Dangerous

Whether you are cutting veggies int he kitchen for your favorite meal, widdling on a piece of wood, or chiseling hand cut dovetails you rely on the cutting edge to do the job. A dull knife, chisel, or any other cutting tool is dangerous.

While a dull cutting edge is unpredictable and scary a sharp cutting edge is predictable and dependable. You can anticipate what a sharp edge will do! Cut of course! Keeping a cutting edge can be tricky. It first starts with quality steel and a proper sharpening method.

 Edge Pro Professional Kit 4 Knife Sharpener System

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 Proper steel

Take this section with a grain of salt as we are not experts and we know this topic can bring out some passionate people. A quality cutting edge can be put on any steel but how long that edge will last had many variables but one main variable is the quality of steel. A cheap knife with junk steel won’t last past a tomato while a quality knife with quality steel can go months of heavy use without needing to be sharpened (not recommended of course). Bottom line, know what you have and don’t complain when your cheap knife is always dull. Do some research and buy quality steel on a quality knife.

Sharpening method

Just like the previous topic, we are no experts and realize there are many many many ways to sharpen a knife or cutting edge. There are passionate folks that swear by one way over another and vis versa. All we know is if you find a method that fits your needs and is within your budget, what is stopping you?

There are various powered sharpening method that can either use abrasive paper or stone and can have a wheel or use paper in belts. There are hand methods that use water or oil sharpening stones and there are many gadgets and gizmos out there that assist in some sort of manual sharpening system. We have not even began to try event the smallest fraction of the market place out there but know the ones we have tried all have their pros and cons.Is time a big factor? Do you like manual over powered? Do you like a system and having a guide to you your sharpening method? As we mentioned earlier, do you research and find what you prefer. We recently tried the Edge Pro Professional Pro 4 model and really think you will enjoy it.

Edge Pro | Professional Pro 4

The Professional 4 Kit from Edge Pro is a hand sharpening system that can adjust to various angles from 6 to 33 degree and infinitely in between. It can sharpen any length blade up to 5 1/4″ wide. It includes their Scissors accessory that does a fantastic job of sharpening your scissors.

 Includes:

  • Professional Model Edge Pro Sharpening System
  • 120 Grit Coarse water stone
  • 220 Grit Medium Fine water stone
  • 400 Grit Fine water stone
  • 600 Grit Extra Fine water stone
  • 1000 Grit Ultra fine water stone
  • 1 Pack of 2000 Grit Polish Tapes (15 per pack)
  • 1 Pack of 3000 Grit Polish Tapes (15 per pack)
  • 1 Pack of 6000 Grit Polish Tapes (15 per pack)
  • 3 Polish Tape Mounting Blanks
  • 10″ 1200 Grit Ceramic Hone
  • Micro-fiber Towel
  • Water Bottle
  • Scissor Attachment
  • Instructional DVD
  • Instructional Manual
  • All enclosed in a Hard Shell Carrying Case with custom foam fitted interior

How does it work?

The style of sharpener that the Edge Pro systems boast are very simple. Your knife or scissors on the bed of the sharpening system at a specific location and using the stone arm,  you pass the various grits of stone across the knife or scissors sharpening the edge. You can sharpen to an existing bevel or put in the 120 grit stone and establish your preferred angle. This is adjusted by the rod with various markings on it. The manual  states what degrees those marking indicate. They are a great time saver if you decide to set all your knives at one particular angle. No guess work the next time around.

Sharpie Method

Using a Sharpie to slowly match the cutting angle is super easy. Simply take a black Sharpie and make a quick stroke across the cutting edge. Now manually adjust the pivot angle starting with contact on the back of the bevel. As you slowly change the angle, more and more of the sharpie will be taken away. Once the sharpie is being removed across the entire cutting angle, you have correctly matched the existing bevel.

Advantages/Disadvantages

We found the Pro 4 Kit had everything we needed to do knives and scissors and the results were fantastic. The quality edge does come at a price though, time. This unit does take awhile to get through a knife. The more and more we sharpen knives the faster we get at it. As this unit is intended for the professional that is going to be sharpening many knives each day, they will no doubt get to be an expert in no time. This will drastically decrease the time per knife.

We really like the ability to dial in the angle to whatever is desired. The sharpie method is extremely easy to match an existing cutting angle and is just as easy with the 120 grit stone to establish a new cutting angle. We decided to set all our knives at 21 degrees as it will be much faster the next time just to set the unit to 21 degrees and sharpen and not have to use the sharpie method each time.

We see this knife sharpener as an investment. Not only from a financial standpoint but also from a time standpoint. Whether  you are sharpening your own knives or doing it as an income generator, the Edge Pro systems offer a long lasting approach to knife sharpening. With the use of the ceramics honing rod, you can touch up your knife 10-15 times before bringing it back to the sharpening system. Whether it is your knife or your customers, they are going to be satisfied with the ability to invest the time up front to get the knife properly sharpened and use it for a significant amount of time before needing to touch it up again. That is my kind of system.

 

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