Originally Posted by Douglas
Thanks to all for the EdgePro advice. A great device, I got mine yesterday, and sharpened three knives. Amazing how long it took to work up a burr though, particularly on my Wusthofs. I guess they were really in bad shape.
Now, a real question:
Can someone settle the record on ceramic vs. steel hones? All kinds of conflicting and nonsensical info on the internet. What are the salient differences? Which should I be using for my knives?
My guess would be that the edgepro's bevel doesn't quite match the angle you already had on the knives. Even being off by a degree or two means you are basically resetting the bevel and the stone won't even meet the true edge (and thus be able to raise a burr) until you have worked it for a while. Now that the bevel is set, you will be able to raise a burr much faster. If you double beveled, you should only be raising a burr at the wider angle for future sharpenings until you decide it is time to thin out the narrow bevel again.
Ceramic hones are fine abrasives (often very very fine). They will remove some metal but probably also straighten out the edge. Steel hones will just straighten the edge and leave the metal in place. Steer clear of the hones that have the ridges on the edge, they can work more like a file and take metal off....you are already sharpening the knives for real, so you don't need the "sharpener" that comes in an average knife block set (which is what most purchasers consider it to be).
I'm a noob to the waterstone, but I think the above is accurate about sharpening in general.