Spyderco sharpmaker VS Lansky deluxe knife sharpening system

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Jacktheripper

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Spyderco sharpmaker VS Lansky deluxe knife sharpening system - Tuesday, January 05, 2010 11:38 AM ( #1 )
Hey guys i really really really!! need your help in choosing a knife sharpener.  I think the lansky system is more complete because it comes with 5 stones including an ultra fine stone, but i have heard super good reviews on the sharpmaker, most people are calling it the best sharpener.

Please tell me which is better and which will put a sharper edge on blades.
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Re:Spyderco sharpmaker VS Lansky deluxe knife sharpening system - Tuesday, January 05, 2010 2:09 PM ( #2 )
I use both. The sharpmaker is a great all round use sharpener. If all you plan on sharpening is knives and such it is hard to beat. If you plan on sharping swords or anything with a longer than say a 20" blade go with the clamp system as it is all but impossible to sharpen a sword  and the like with the triangle. The other thing I like about the clamp system (there are other brands than the Lansky) is the number of angle options, that and you can get diamond stones for them. But as I said if all you want it for is knife, hatchet, ETC: The sharpmaker is easy to use and hard to beat.
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Re:Spyderco sharpmaker VS Lansky deluxe knife sharpening system - Tuesday, January 05, 2010 11:35 PM ( #3 )
The Lansky and Sharpmaker seem to get all the glory on forums, but there are better to be had IMO.
 
I agree that fixed angle slot systems like the Lansky fail to account for blade thickness very well. You can compensate for this by using magic marker on the edge and adjusting the blade in the clamp until you get the angle right. That is until you run out of clamp. If I was going to use a fixed angle slot system Id prefer the GATCO Edgemate system, as it has more angle options and sturdier rods than the Lansky.
 
The Sharpmaker is cool, but requires more practice than a lot of people think. It's not hard to screw up by being distracted, and turning the blade out on a downstroke. That's especially bad if you're using a coarse stone. It's also not hard to take the point off your knife unless you're careful. Practice on crap knives before trying to do your best blades.
 
My two favorite systems are a bit more pricey than the two you're looking at, but well worth the price if you can afford them.
 
The KME sharpener is really nice. It's a lot like the Lansky and Gatco, but the guide rod goes through an adjustable eyelet. Setting the angle is easier and more consistent. Also if you get the optional base it's a really stable system. The easy flipping back and forth between sides is a cool feature too. A friend of mine has one of these, and it's really great! It's the best unknown sharpener on the market IMO. I'd buy one, but I'm holding out for an EdgePro Apex.
 
The EdgePro Apex is king of sharpening systems as far as I'm concerned. It's pretty expensive, but well worth it. I've used one a few times, and I love the thing. I should have put one on my Christmas wishlist.
 
 
 
 
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Re:Spyderco sharpmaker VS Lansky deluxe knife sharpening system - Wednesday, January 06, 2010 7:04 PM ( #4 )
Great timing...I was just wondering about this myself!  Although I have also heard great things about the Sharpmaker, I figured a clamp-type system would provide more repeatable results.  But FSS brings up some good points.

One question I had was: Which is finer, the ultra-fine Sharpmaker rod or the Lansky Super Sapphire stone?  Or are they about the same?

I've heard about the Apex too, but definitely out of my price range...I'll have to look at the other ones Magius listed.  Thanks.
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Re:Spyderco sharpmaker VS Lansky deluxe knife sharpening system - Thursday, January 07, 2010 4:42 AM ( #5 )
This was just discussed the other day, for more recommendations click this thread.

Magius. I know the EdgePro is king of hand sharpeners but if you have the space that money can be used to buy a belt sander and a box full of belts. Convexes edges on your machetes, axes, etc.
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Re:Spyderco sharpmaker VS Lansky deluxe knife sharpening system - Thursday, January 07, 2010 11:36 AM ( #6 )
grindermcgee


This was just discussed the other day, for more recommendations click this thread.

Magius. I know the EdgePro is king of hand sharpeners but if you have the space that money can be used to buy a belt sander and a box full of belts. Convexes edges on your machetes, axes, etc.


True. They can actually be found for about the cost of a Lansky, Gatco, or Sharpmaker. I'd get one for that purpose if I had and used a lot of heavy chopping tools. As it is I only have 1 machete, which I sharpen freehand, and no axes. I use a disc grinder for my lawnmower blades, and I've used it on a couple of axes for other people.
 
For knives though, I like to put 15/20 double bevels on a lot of them. The KME and EdgePro work best for this.
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Re:Spyderco sharpmaker VS Lansky deluxe knife sharpening system - Thursday, January 07, 2010 2:55 PM ( #7 )
I use some Arkansas stones but I've heard alot of good things about the Sharpmaker and I plan on purchasing one soon.
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Re:Spyderco sharpmaker VS Lansky deluxe knife sharpening system - Friday, January 15, 2016 10:14 PM ( #8 )
hello jacktheripper,
I love to have knowledge about sharpeners. I am fond of sharpening my knives . It is common to have doubts when looking for knife sharpeners. Many of these tools only accommodate certain types of blades. If you want something different or more versatile, the Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone Sharpening System would make a good choice. I am also using it.It is the best knife sharpener. It can handle a diversity of knives. Besides, you won’t have to worry about not having a slot to match a certain blade.


The Lansky Deluxe 5 Stone system is fairly different from other sharpening options. It is a set of 5 sharpening hones, each with a different coarseness. It is good not only for kitchen knives, but also for those we use for hobbies or for the outdoors. The only downside is that it can’t do anything about the serrated blades. The set includes a knife clamp and compatible screws, guide rods, honing oil, a set of instructions and a case to carry the kit around. There is an Ultra Fine honing system and an Extra Coarse hone as well. All the necessary stages are ensured.
Lansky has been around for decades; it has achieved expert status when it comes to knife sharpening systems. These stones were designed to offer a consistent angle for grinding. Thus, it will be easy to get it right. It doesn’t call for much skill. This is what most people are afraid of when it comes to such sets – they believe it’s going to be so difficult to get it right and to position the stone and the blade accordingly.
The set is suitable to sharpening long blades as well. It is very good to use with your big kitchen knives, regardless of type. It will not go as far as swords, but it will be a great tool for sure. I tried these on curved blades as well and it worked. Since the stone is flat, there is only the outer edge at work. It’s important to adjust everything as instructed in order to enjoy sound results.
features of  Lansky Deluxe 5 Stone Sharpening System:
1)Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.5 x 10.2 inches
2)Weight: 1.4 pounds
3)Controlled-angle system
4)Angle options: 17, 20, 25 and 30 degrees
5)Precision knife clamp
6)Ceramic and alumina oxide hones 

The Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone set can be easily used by those who have only little skill. It’s the solution for so many blades, including the big ones and excluding the serrated. With its several fixed angle options, you only need very little practice. Moreover, it’s affordable and long lasting. On top of all that, it lets you in full control of the edge sharpness.









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Re:Spyderco sharpmaker VS Lansky deluxe knife sharpening system - Saturday, January 16, 2016 1:54 AM ( #9 )
I only own the Spyderco Sharpmaker. I haven't been impressed with it compared to freehand benchstone sharpening. Nowadays I use the Sharpmaker rods handheld to sharpen Kukri,swords,...
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Re:Spyderco sharpmaker VS Lansky deluxe knife sharpening system - Tuesday, January 19, 2016 3:45 PM ( #10 )
I owned the Lansky for years, and I think it worked OK for single-edged blades or blades that followed more of a clip point or drop point design. For tanto blades I felt it did not do well. And for double-edged blades/daggers it was worthless. The idea of clamping onto an edge just didn't work out. I've never used a Sharpmaker, but I've heard it takes some practice. What I currently use now: I have a Lansky Fine Ceramic mini-crockstick which cost me about $3 on eBay and it does wonders for touching up any/all blade styles. If I need to use a Medium stone, I have the Lansky dogbones with the proprietary serration designs for both CS and Spyderco. They get a blade real sharp real quick. If I run into a knife I just can't crack (like my 2013 Chaos DE SK-5 that would not get shaving sharp after weeks of effort) I take it to my local sharpening guy who gets it scary sharp in about 6 minutes and only charges me $5-$10 depending on how much work he has to do. I have also sent knives back to CS and they have returned them to me sharper than anything I've ever seen before. Like Clint said in "Magnum Force" - "A man's got to know his limitations." Well, I know mine, and behave accordingly. If I had to choose between these two, however, I'd go with the Sharpmaker but follow the advice given of practice with a few crappy blades before you take the plunge on something you care about.
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Re:Spyderco sharpmaker VS Lansky deluxe knife sharpening system - Tuesday, January 19, 2016 5:20 PM ( #11 )
Holy necro! Last post was from 2010...


Anyway, I would highly recommend Lansky's competitor, the Gatco sharpening system. Specifically the diamond system. Easiest (IMO) for beginners to use on common pocket knives (Not double-edged knives, large kitchen knives). The Gatco has wider stones that the Lansky, which makes sharpening quicker, and the rods are built into the stones so you get more consistently.

For me, a person who had NEVER sharpened a knife, I was able to get my Tuff Lite up to shaving sharp in no time at all. One of my all-time favorite purchases.

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Re:Spyderco sharpmaker VS Lansky deluxe knife sharpening system - Monday, February 15, 2016 8:53 AM ( #12 )
My first decent sharpening system was a Lansky. It was okay, but the metal rods make a horrible screeching sound. I also felt that I wasn't getting a consistent angle due to the trigonometry of the design. If you want a fairly constant angle, you have to unclamp and reclamp every few inches, otherwise, the angle will be much smaller on the edges. Despite those inconveniences, I found that I could get knives fairly sharp, though I soon ditched the clamp and just held the stones by hand to get rid of the screeching. I later bought a Sharpmaker, which is IMHO, spectacular. It does a much better job on recurve blades. Also, the fine stone on a sharpmaker is slightly finer than a lansky fine stone. It works faster, doesn't screech, and keeps a consistent angle. My only complaint is that it is very hard to reprofile an edge that is extremely dull. The Lansky's coarse stone was much better at that.
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