|Review by ColonelTravis||posted 01-10-2017 01:08 AM||1184 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
If I were a famous person I’d endorse this product. If I were Charles Neil I’d get on YouTube and say: “Alright now, I wanna tell you all about something. This thing right here – zoom in some more so you can see it. Alright, this thing right here don’t look like much but it’s gonna knock your socks off.” (I love Charles Neil.)
Lee Valley sells it. It’s an incredible tool for sharpening small blades. I’ve got a good setup for sharpening larger blades but not for small ones like marking knives, pocket knife, etc. This thing has been around for several years but I hadn’t heard of it until last week when I started looking for something to help me out with the small things. I’ve sharpened all our kitchen knives with it, takes very little time and effort. Had been using water stones for those. This is so much easier and faster. You can use it for scissors, shears, axes – all kinds of stuff.
Find the bevel on the blade, put the carbide part on that, tilt it back about 10 degrees and lightly shave off the metal. That’s literally what you’re doing. It’s kind of like whittling except you don’t put as much effort into it. You don’t grind it into the blade, just use light strokes. Lee Valley says it’s the same concept as using a card scraper vs. sandpaper on wood.
Carbide end folds into the handle like a pocket knife. You want to always fold it in when you’re not using it, I’ve read where it can shatter if you drop it. LV sells replacement blades for pretty cheap.