I collect knives. I use them too. But I’m an absolute sharpen-tard. For many people its an art. They sharpen freehand on a stone and if you look up some videos on youtube, they make it look easy. I try that, and I reduce my knives to a pile of blunt, useless steel.
So for me, it is an absolute science, with precise angles and bevels and all that. Mike Casey has a great article on sharpening, which led me to think that I just need some kind of guided system. There are some great DIY jigs people build to sharpen their knives; there are also some great guided systems out there. I went with the DMT Diafold Magna-Guide system because, apparently, DMT makes the best stones. I got the kit with Coarse, Fine, Extra Fine and Extra-Extra Fine stones.
These are what I have now…
a $5 stone (I wanted to build one of these)
a Wusthof 2899 2-Stage Pocket Knife Sharpener (piece of shite, I’ll explain later)
and the DMT system – the aligner clamp, magnetic angle guide, and 2 diafolds. See Video
As soon as they arrived, I started off with our oldest kitchen knife.
Now that the knife was completely blunted, I wanted to put a preliminary edge (or bevel) on the knife with the Wusthof. The damned thing chipped the knife again. Piece of Shite. I had to blunt it a second time.
Putting an edge back on the blunted knife took a lot of time. I wish I had gone and bought the extra-coarse stone. So I did the next best thing and used the stone with the guide clamp. See vid.