If you are like me and want the ultimate sharpness on your knives, invest in this (and the stand). You will not be disappointed. The trick is to use gentle pressure!
Really works well. I have been forging knives from scratch and to be able to get a razor sharp edge on the final product really makes them more useful than I could by hand. I can easily get knives up to literally razor sharp (my arms are completely hairless from testing the latest batch of knives) in little time. If you sharpen knives a lot this worth the purchase....
After a few passes on the coarse grit I could tell immediately this was a great purchase. I worked my way down the grit levels, turning the knife in the stand frequently. I am astounded by the results. My knives are now razor sharp. I finished them off with a quick few wipes on an old leather belt. My knives are now far sharper than my Stanley knife and will slice through anything with ease!
I took a high quality knife from the kitchen that was reasonably dull due to poor initial care and inaccurate sharpening - then started from scratch. Even from the coarse stone there was a noticeable improvement. As time went on and I worked down through the coarsness the blade became incredibly sharp. This is not a quick swipe and wipe sharpening solution. It takes investing about an hour in a dulled blade to get it truly honed in this way. But if you want your kitchen knives back to the way they should be before even going near them with a steel in the kitchen it's worth it. I ruined a really good knife by using a supermarket special sharpener simply because all it did was curve the existing bevel. It's now back to what it should be. Thank you so much Vie Belles!