I regularly steel my workhorse Wusthof chef’s knife, and at a year and half-old, it still hasn’t needed sharpening (still passes the paper test, and it recently scared the Cutco kid, because he was fully expecting that I’d have the crappy, mediocre knives that most people have [I did buy an over-priced boning knife and a paring knife from him, though].) The rest of my knives are crap, and I was thinking of taking the whole batch in for sharpening once my chef’s knife needed it, but it looks like it won’t be any time soon.
What I see as a problem with all of these systems (Laskey, Gatco, Edge Pro) is that they’re only for tiny, little knives! They all look ingenious, and work on a similar basis, but it means that you can only sharpen a small section of the blade at a time. It’ll be a pain to keep moving the blade, but also inconsistent, wouldn’t it? What’s really missing is for the guide rod to have the ability to travel along a rail parallel to the knife. (This issue, of course, is that the angle changes the further you diverge from the pivoting post.)
Anyone know any similar solutions that will accommodate a 10" blade (my chef’s knife)? Because, really, I want! I was all set to go until I thought about the blade length problem.