YBLTV Product Review: Lansky Controlled-Angle Sharpening System
Everyone has one. Maybe its the trusty pocket knife you keep in your tacklebox. Perhaps its the kitchen knife that has served you well for years. There are dulling blades all around us, and a myriad of do-it-yourself sharpening tools to go with them. None of them will serve you as well as the Lansky Controlled-Angle Sharpening System, however.
Standard Is Anything But
If you’ve ever tried some of the other sharpening systems out there, you know they can be a pain. How much oil do I put on this stone? What angle do I need to hold this knife at? Lansky has decided to help us out. The Sharpening System collections by Lansky offer a bracket that you secure your favorite knife into, and offers four different angles to choose from, based on the desired use of the blade.
Are you sharpening a razor or scalpel, then use the 17 degree angle. 20 degrees is ideal for your kitchen knives. If your the type to carry a knife on you for heavy use, then the 25 or 30 degree angles are more will be more suited for your needs.
“I spent 15 minutes revitalizing my favorite knife, and now I’ve got plans to revitalize the kitchen set next! – Patrick Mackey, @mackeyp42, YBLTV Writer / Reviewer
Back To Life
The Controlled-Angle Sharpening System offers three stones with which to rejuvenate your blade of choice. Course, medium and fine stones come with the set, as well as a bottle of oil and the bracket. If you inherited your grandfather’s old knife collection, then it is reasonable that you are going to be spending a lot of time with the course stone. The course stone is the brute of the set. Use this to even out any knicks in the blade, and bring back the resemblance of a cutting tool.
Once you’ve gotten your blade back to resembling a cutting tool, you should switch to the medium stone. The medium stone is used to take the ‘roughed-in’ state of your blade, and puts it back into a nice, sharp state. This will take less time than you needed with the course stone.
Finally, take a few passes on your knife with the fine stone. The fine stone will put a nice polish on your knife, while taking that ‘nice, sharp state’ and elevate it closer to that of a ‘razor’s edge’.
- A sharpener that helps take the guess work out of things
- Requires additional tools if you have serrated knives
- 3 graduated honing stones
- Aluminum clamp
If you are like me, then you’ve got knives scattered all around, and you’ve wasted money on sharpening tools that never worked. Some even made my knives worse. So, when I saw the Lansky Controlled Angle solution, I knew I had to give this a shot. I’ve seen them in store, and never pulled the trigger, so to speak.
One of my favorite knives I’ve had for close to ten years now, was the unfortunate recipient of the dulling by an inferior sharpening option. I spent 15 minutes working my way from course to fine with this little devil, and he’s back in rotation as one of my favorites. I’ve got plans to revitalize the kitchen set next!
Disclosure of Material Connection: YBLTV Writer / Reviewer Patrick Mackey, received a copy of Lansky Controlled-Angle Sharpening System from Lansky in consideration for a Product Review.