A dull knife not only hampers cutting efficiency but also poses safety risks. Fortunately, the Lansky sharpening system offers a remarkable solution. These systems guarantee a consistently sharp edge with every use. While labeling it as the absolute best sharpening system may be subjective, its easy-to-use multi-angle guides and a wide array of honing stones in varying grit sizes make it suitable for sharpening virtually any knife. In our experience, this system stands out as one of the most effective sharpening methods available.
Test Kits: Standard and Deluxe Editions
For this review, we received two test kits: one equipped with 5 synthetic sharpening stones and the other with 3 diamond sharpening stones. Each kit comes in a custom-molded carrying case that ensures easy organization and portability. Additionally, the kits include a 1-ounce bottle of honing oil and clear instructions. The assembly and disassembly of the sharpener proved to be hassle-free, further enhancing its user-friendly nature.
Each whetstone in the kit features a handle that is color-coded and labeled for convenience. The handles are designed with molded finger grooves, ensuring a secure grip. Attention to detail is evident in the durability of the kit as well. Lansky incorporates metal socket inserts for threaded thumbscrews and guide rods, protecting the plastic components from wear and tear. The honing oil included in the kit is ideal for use with the Lansky sharpening system or any other sharpener. Lansky offers various sharpening configurations and systems, and for this review, we have chosen two of the most popular options.
Lansky Sharpening System (Deluxe Edition)
- Contains grinding stones (artificial stones): Extra Coarse, Coarse, Medium, Fine, and Extra Fine
- Model: LKCLX
- Price: $44.99
Lansky Sharpening System (Standard Diamond)
- Honing Stones (Diamond): Coarse, Medium, and Fine
- Model: LK3DM
- Price: $79.99
Testing and Utilizing the Lansky Knife Sharpening System
To put the Lansky sharpening system to the test, we sharpened several different knives: a 12″ Farberware kitchen knife, an 8″ Colman hunting knife, and a 6-1/2 inch Kershaw pocket knife. We started by attaching the blade clamp (also serving as the angle rail) to the midpoint on the back of the blade. Next, we selected the appropriate grinding stone and secured it to the guide rod. The choice of the abrasive grit was based on the condition of the blade in need of sharpening.
We inserted the guide rods into the rails, assessing the angles visually to find the ideal match for each blade’s existing angle.
Setting the Blade Angle
The blade’s sharpening angle significantly impacts its functionality. Lansky provides the following recommendations for setting the blade angle, which align with their own guide:
- 17° Angle: Recommended for razor blades, X-Acto blades, scalpels, and similar implements. This angle results in a refined, razor-sharp edge.
- 20° Angle: A common angle for higher quality blades, ideal for achieving excellent sharpness on kitchen utensils and fillet knives.
- 25° Angle: The recommended angle for most knives that require a durable, sharp edge. Perfect for hunting and outdoor knives.
- 30° Angle: Excellent for heavy-use knives employed in cutting cardboard, wire, or carpet. Mainly recommended for robust knives.
Sharpening the Knife Blades
With the desired angle determined, we applied some honing oil to the stone and began sharpening a Kershaw Zing folding knife. After sharpening one side of the blade, we flipped the knife and repeated the process on the other side. Both the Deluxe and Standard Diamond systems facilitated comfortable sharpening of knives of various sizes. The blade clamps fit securely without any difficulty, and the guide rod allowed us to reach the entire edge, from tang to tip.
Sharpening knives requires a certain level of technique and skill, as it involves physical activity. However, with the Lansky sharpening system, much of the guesswork is eliminated. A little practice with this system enables users to restore their knives to optimal condition.
Conclusion: Exceptional Performance and Value
Although the Knife Sharpening System may not be a new entrant to the market, we firmly believe that it is worth testing and reviewing. In our extensive experience, this system stands out as one of the best. While it may not possess the capacity of some belt drive systems, it excels in ensuring the correct sharpening angle – a common challenge faced by inexperienced users.
Crafted with premium materials, the Lansky knife sharpening systems enable anyone to achieve a razor-sharp edge on any knife. With prices ranging from $43 to $80, finding a set that perfectly suits your needs and budget is highly feasible.