- Apr 9, 2013
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Yeah, I wouldn't be able to do differing angles reliably
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Most of the I-makers I've run across are hooked on disposable knives--you know the kind that has a replaceable or a break-away blade. Granted they are sharp. But the real attraction is that they don't have to be sharpened...you just replace the blade. And in the process you cheat yourself and cut yourself off from a critical set of skills and muscle memories and understandings that are essential to growth as a Craftsman.
Learning to sharpen a knife is, perhaps the most important skill a maker can have--it instructs the eye and the ear and the sense of touch; and it refines muscle control to the point that almost all subsequent skills are also enhanced. And there is no degree of sharpness in those commercial blades that cannot be achieved by sharpening by hand, with stones, although it is time consuming.
But the average person wants it all...right now...and is satisfied with the pre-sharpened knife. "Self-satisfied" is probably more accurate-- but underneath it all and when you look more closely, it is nothing less than a surrender to mediocrity.
Did you have one of the cheapo versions before or is this your first one of this type?Well, I bought an Apex Edge Pro. Tried it on two knives so far, a cheapie and a respectable Global chef's. Wow. Way easier to use than I thought it would be and what a nice edge.