I feel like I ought to be getting frequent flyer miles for riding the short bus so much, but here goes another example of my undying ineptitude.
…and I know this horse has probably been rode to death and been buried. But I've got a brand new shovel and I'm going to dig this horse up and see if it has a couple miles left in it.
Well, normally I sharpen my knives on my belt sander and finish them on a strop, but for some reason I got a wild hair and decided to give the wicked edge sharpening system a shot.
I got the wicked edge pro I package, and honestly the thing is impressive looking out of the box and obviously well thought out and put together.
The problem is, other than telling you what grit sanding blocks to use; there isn’t much information that comes with the kit.
I have watched the video's they made and they make it look like it’s easier to sharpen a knife than riding a bicycle.
Problem is it really isn’t (for me). I had to find a place to use this thing where the assembly would be at the right height for my arms to function properly so I didn’t feel like a fish out of water – my arms flopping all over the place. (I wanted to look cool like the guy in the video)
The next thing I know I am slapping (poor choice of words) these sharpening blocks left and right and getting metal shavings on the desk top, but not nearing anything in the neighborhood of sharpness.
I watched the dude in the video put a paper slicing razor edge on a knife in a matter of a couple of minutes. I sat in my room and popped and snorted for about 20 minutes and didn’t get anywhere close to razor sharp.
The system must be good...it costs enough (if that's any indication of value) and I have heard other people swear by this thing.
I wanted to be able to take this thing on the road with me to sharpen blades on demand...something I can’t do if I rely on my belt grinder. Sure, I feel more comfortable doing it on my belt grinder, but have you ever tried to lug one of those things around under your arm?
Anyway...you can call me dumb for getting this thing, you can call me a moron for asking for advice, and you can call me simple for not wanting to use my wet stones like my granddad did. Whatever, I probably deserve it.
But after you're done throwing me under the bus I'm driving, give me your two cents on what you find it takes to run this thing effectively.
I'm struggling here, and desperately wanting to feel like my investment wasn’t a waste of money and time.