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Old 05-19-2019, 09:17 AM   #1
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Newbie Sharpening Systems

As mentioned in another earlier post, Iím starting to research which beginner (newbie) sharpening system. Iíve been watching a lot of YT videos and there are some apparent strengths and weaknesses of most. I came across one that Iíd not heard mentioned before, Hapstone. Was wondering if anyone had used one. Looks to a well made system. The M2 model looks like a decent mid price range model.
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Old 05-19-2019, 04:00 PM   #2
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I'm not familiar with the Hapstone system but rather then spend that much money and find out you don't like sharpening why not get the knockoff edgepro that RustyIron started with. It looks like it's very similar and if you find you enjoy it you can upgrade to a better system.
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Old 05-19-2019, 04:54 PM   #3
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Thatís prolly what I will end up doing. Was just curious about the Hapstone. There are a few videos on YT but hadnít seen anything on the knife forums Iíve been checking out..

How are you liking the Wicked Edge Chuck ?
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I'm getting the hang of it, the Wicked Edge people say that the diamond stones will get better as they break in. I haven't tried polishing I'm still learning to create an edge and the edges I've created so far are sharper then anything I've ever been able to do before. From what I could see all 3 systems work the same, a stone on a guide rod set at a specific angle. The only difference is that with the WE the blade remains stationary, you can work on either side without flipping the blade.
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I saw the video on the Hapstone, and the only thing I can figure out is that it is like The Edge Pro, it just has a clamp to hold the knife.

While that might be a good thing for some polishers, I have found that a knife is literally a long list of variations. The bevel on one side might be different from the other, or the hollow-grind on one side might be deeper than the other.

So if I can use my hand to turn the knife and engage the stone in a myriad of positions, I can work the edge to a "uniform" bevel.

For me, the clamp would be a restraint.
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Merci' Beaucoup Chico !
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I'm thinking I may get the edgepro knock off. It seems the stones aren't all that great though. I'm wondering if I should order the genuine edgepro stones, the diamond stones, or get both diamond and edgepro to see what works best for me.
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I'm thinking I may get the edgepro knock off. It seems the stones aren't all that great though. I'm wondering if I should order the genuine edgepro stones, the diamond stones, or get both diamond and edgepro to see what works best for me.
I decided to order one of the EP Clones also to allow me to start the training process. I'm also liking the looks of the KME Sharpening System and there is a clone for that version as well, but I thought the EP Clone was a good first step. Seemed to be a favorable outcome for RustyIron.
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I'm wondering if I should order the genuine edgepro stones, the diamond stones, or get both diamond and edgepro to see what works best for me.
The Chinese stones didn't excite me. The EdgePro stones are ok, and sometimes I use them. But the stones that really make me jump for joy are the ones I got from Ken Schwartz. But they're not cheap.
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When it comes to the stones, I would bypass the commercial ones and just order a set from Ken Schwartz, 209-612-2790.
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