This Sharpening System is a quick and convenient way to sharpen, resharpen and keep all your knives and edge tools in peak condition, from scalpels to scimitars, plane blades to plough blades. I use it to make all my knives. It is a lightweight, easy to store, unbreakable, and there is nothing to rust. Perfect for home, travel and classroom use. No expensive stones to dish out, glaze over, or break. The 3M finishing film cuts all modern high tech steels quickly, using water as a lubericant.
New features on this third version feature Delrin plates for easy removal of used finishing film, a gorgeous tightening knob, and larger feet for added stability. First, and most importantly, the support plates for the microfinishing film are now made of Delrin instead of aluminum. This makes it possible to easily peel off the worn finishing film without using solvents or a fair amount of elbow grease. It stays flat and doesn’t dish out. The microfinishing film sticks securely when in use. The Delrin plates are first machined, then hand lapped. They are 12″ long, 2″ wide, and 1/2″ thick.
The second upgrade is to the adjustment knob. Previously, it was simply tapped through the end of the stand, with a coarse thread. The new adjustment knob is made from stainless steel, has a very fine pitch, threaded through a phosphor bronze bushing. There is virtually no backlash. The end of the threaded rod contains a rounded ball, which prevents torquing of the plate while tightening. I’ll be the first to confess that this optical grade adjuster is not absolutely necessary, but, man, it is nice! It feels like a manual focus Leica lens. Precise and accurate tools help perform precise and accurate work. At least, this is how I rationalize it.
Finally, in order to make the stand a bit more stable, the hard rubber feet are now one inch wide, with a flatter profile, giving more anti-slip contact with your bench. They can also adjust a bit if it is necessary to level the stand. This is the system I use to make and sharpen all of my knives. People often ask how long each abrasive sheet lasts, and although there are many variables, I’d guess I can generally sharpen about 10-12 knives on each one. Of course, if you are trying to reshape a bevel angle or repair a major chip you might use up an entire coarse sheet. When a sheet is exhausted, simply peel it off and stick a new one one. You must trim the edges of the edges of the finishing film when you put a new sheet on, so that it does not overhang the edges. Otherwise it may give you one of the nastiest, dirtiest, slow-healing cuts you have ever had, DAMHIKT.
The system contains everything you need: an aluminum sharpening stand, two Delrin plates, four 11 x 2″ strips each of 80, 40, 15 and 5 micron 3M PSA micro finishing film, a 12 x 2″ Genuine Horsebutt Strop, and 1 oz. bar of green chromium oxide honing compound.