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I've been teaching kids to sharpen knives and axes for more years than I care to remember. Get yourself a Norton India stone, fine and medium, and learn how to use it. If you're sharpening chisels or plane irons, then you'll need a hard Arkansas stone to go with it. Don't make this harder than it really is. Japanese water stones are nice, but they don't stay flat, are incredibly messy and are generally a pia. Just my opinion, based on many years of experience.Doc
How many professionals do you know that use crazy, expensive, exotic knives at work? Oh, I have credentials too. My grandfather was a cooper and my dad a butcher and grocery store owner. I can make a pail and process a side of beef, all with very serviceable tools, not the most beautiful or exotic.I have no problem with someone buying conversation pieces, but a tool is a tool. It needs to be utilitarian and work without a great deal of aggravation and last a good amount of time. A $100 knife, a steel, and simple whet stones will do that.I use my Henckels every day, three times a day and they only see a stone once a year. Perhaps you should learn to use a steel.Doc
.....back to the topic at hand. I don't have the Wicked Edge system, but I've heard good things. I have the EdgePro Apex, which I love. If I ever replace it, I would be looking at something like this:http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200431964_200431964?cm_mmc=Google-pla&utm_source=Google_PLA&utm_medium=Power%20Tools%20%3E%20Sharpeners%20%2B%20Accessories%20%3E%20Blade%20Sharpeners&utm_campaign=Work%20Sharp&utm_content=156115&gclid=CjwKEAjwh9PGBRCfso2n3ODgvUcSJAAhpW5o9YHrdeqWPzO414-t3G2CadafYMK8nZy1xu_gWb2VLhoC_XPw_wcB
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