Mastercraft Wet/Dry Sharpener
I've been looking for a real sharpener for a while and for some reason, never noticed this one existed until I walked by it.
After spending a lot of money on the expensive pass-through sharpeners which are useless once the edge of the blade is gone, I was looking at several other machines, but I knew that what I really wanted was a wide wheel type machine, so when I saw this one I didn't hesitate and hoped for the best.
Putting it together was fairly simple, and I was sharpening my knives in minutes.
I started with cheap knives so to get a fell of this machine and see what I could do.
The grinding wheel was great for the knives that were really bad,so to start giving them back an edge. (but one needs to be extremely careful to not damage the blade as this will eat the metal away in a blink of an eye)
The wet wheel is wide and perfect for every knife I used it with. The speed is perfect to be accurate and prevents from eating the blade away.
Using the angle rest, I was able to start reshaping the edge, and in minutes, I was able to flip the knife over and start to pull the steel and work the edge as if I've been doing it for years.
It took a steady hand and several passes, a bit of patience, but my knives were better than new once I was done.
A few more minutes with my honing steel afterwards, and I was slicing through paper like a paper cutter with all my kitchen knives. It was great to finally be able to slice food properly again.
I took out my pocket knives and such, and again... a bit of patience and these knives have never been as shard as they are now.
The only way this machine could be improved would be if they'd make it with a third wheel, being a ceramic one to truly finish with a razor finish.
September 23, 2011
Disclaimer: I have only used the wet wheel.
- The wet wheel is nice and wide, which is almost impossible to find. It also runs at the perfect speed, and the simple water cooling system is excellent.
- Easy, simple assembly, with a good amount of customizability.
- Overall design is simple and solid
- The wet wheel is either not uniformly shaped or maybe not centred around the shaft - it has a slight wobble when it turns. I have seen this on two machines now
- Both wheels often come with a few small chips
- The machine is very heavy
Overall, this is a great product. There are a few things that suggest it is a bit cheaply made, but it does the job. To keep the wet wheel clean, you'll probably want some sort of diamond stone to run against it to clean metal off the wheel after it builds up for a while - I do this fairly frequently.
October 13, 2010
This is a pretty good wet sharpener. For the most part I'm opposed to power sharpeners as the heat generated tends to effect the overall hardness of the blade. This sharpener does a good job of getting your blades sharp and keeping them cool in the process. I use this mostly on kitchen and utility knives around the home.
July 27, 2008
None other on the market
I have not seen similar tool sold by anyone else. I have had mine for years. Used it sparingly, mainly to get really blunt knives into shape for final sharpening, honing and stropping.
The wheel seems a bit excentric but I manage.
I do not need it often, but when I do, I would not be without it.
June 5, 2008
Definitey a great product
Easy to assemble. It does the jobs easily and quickly. Would definitely recommend this item to any one.
May 31, 2008