Sunday, November 1, 2009

Gatco Knife Sharpening Kit

I was looking for a good way to sharpen my knives instead of continuing to buy new ones which was getting expensive. So I was talking to a guy I know at work and he recommended the GATCO Edgemate professional knife sharpening kit. So I searched the internet and found the best deal at Cabela's. I also ordered the ultra fine finishing hone. Cabela's also threw in the pedestal mount for free which was nice of them.

My first impressions were good. The quality was outstanding and the kit was exactly what I was expecting. It comes with an ultra coarse and coarse hones, which unless your blade needs re-profiling you won't need. Some have complained about the aluminum bracket that holds the knives. I have no doubt that it will last a very long time, after all it is aluminum with  metal screws. I immediately started to sharpen one of my older knives that I've had for some time. I was somewhat disappointed.

So I set out on the internet looking for the reason I couldn't get the razor sharpness I was looking for. I stumbled upon this guy on YouTube. He has 4 videos at almost 10 minutes a pop but it's well worth the time to watch them as he shows you how to properly use the system. As a side note he has the diamond system but many of the tips apply here as well. After I watched the videos and applied the tips my knives were much sharper than I had gotten them following Gatco's directions.



 I spent a little less than $70 to my front door. I've sharpened 3 knives so far with it and I like how easy and fast it is. It puts damn near a razor edge (I still haven't quite got the technique down) on my knives and I would recommend this to anybody that can't sharpen with a stone or that needs something that is no nonsense.


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