As always, let’s begin by looking at some interesting facts about Edgemaker (click the link to check out their site).
- Pull Through – Their product line consists of pull through styles only (this seems to be their focus/expertise). A pull through design (for those of you aren’t familiar) is simply one where you pull a blade using light pressure straight through to the tip. While being pulled, steel is removed as it passes against an abrasive. There are a number of pull through styles/variations available in the market today (Brod & Taylor is an example).
- USA – This is where all their products are manufactured. The address on their website indicates they are based out of Columbus Ohio.
- Easy To Use – I do believe that most pull through styles are all easy to use, but there is one thing that makes the Edgemaker Pro knife sharpener different: It’s not awkward for longer blades. This was an issue evident particularly for the v style pull through designs. I found you would not have enough room when trying to work with longer blades since it would clash with the top of the kitchen counter. Well done to Edgemaker for coming up with a design that addresses this problem. I also like the stoppers which helps to ensure the device is firm and doesn’t slide across the counter.
- Money Back Guarantee & Lifetime Warranty – The Edgemaker Pro knife sharpener is backed by a 100% money back guarantee if you decided to return the product for any reason. If you choose to keep it, you have a lifetime warranty. That’s pretty solid considering the product doesn’t cost much (click here to check latest pricing on amazon). I really love it when manufacturers are so confident in their products, such that they offer money back or lifetime guarantees. It’s exactly what I want to see as a consumer.
- Affordable! – Cost is always an important consideration (if not the most important!), so I don’t know about you but the less I spend the happier I am (as long as quality is not compromised, however!). To see latest pricing on amazon, click here.
- Storage – Perfect for taking on a fishing or camping trip. It’s small enough (only just!) to toss in your backpack with the rest of your gear, and because of its simple design you can use it on any solid, flat surface without any issue.
- Edge Angle – The Edgemaker Pro knife sharpener has a set angle of 22 degrees per side. This is a con for a number of reasons: 1. Asian Style – Japanese style blades have an edge angle of 15 degrees, so sharpening at 22 degrees is not ideal. 2. Chisel Edges – These are edges that are only ground on one side (the other side is flat) AKA single bevel. The Edgemaker is rendered useless for this type of blade.
- Potential For Rust – While I like the idea of having a more gentle material like steel (in comparison to ceramic for example), It still is prone to rusting especially when exposed to marine and salt water environments. However, you shouldn’t have this problem if you properly care for and maintain your Edgemaker Pro knife sharpener.
FINAL WORDS: IF YOU’RE NOT WORKING ON ASIAN STYLES, AND ARE LOOKING FOR A CHEAP, EASY TO USE SYSTEM, YOU MAY WANT TO CONSIDER THIS PRODUCT.