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Any Good Knife Sharpening Devices Out There?

I'm looking for something decent to sharpen our Heinckel kitchen knives. I've been using a diamond-embedded EZE-Lap for many years, but it doesn't seem as effective as when it was new. Even after washing/rinsing it as recommended by the manufacturer. Any ideas?

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    EZE lap makes a few different sharpening products - which one do you have? Could just be something as simple as the abrasive grit worn out of your sharpener. But I don't have enough info to say, really.

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    1. re: cowboyardee

      It's got EZE Lap Diamond "M" printed on the shaft, followed by the Carson City, NV address. No other model numbers or other identification. I think I bought it in the early 1980s.

    2. I just got the Edge Pro Apex 4 system. It's fantastic for getting a very sharp edge.

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      1. Chef's Choice 15/20. It can handle western knives as well as asian.

        1. Based on reputation, Edge Pro is really good, but also expensive. I don't know anyone who bought one and regret it -- due to performance.

          http://www.edgeproinc.com/Apex-Model-...

          Some argue that Wicked Edge is just as good:

          http://www.wickededgeusa.com/

          I play with free hand sharpening, so I don't have first hand experience of these systems.

          1. I own an Edge Pro Apex system, and can say that it is excellent, fool proof and bomb proof.
            That said, the Wicked Edge is a great system, and if I were to be in the market for one, I would purchse the Wicked Edge.