Lansky vs. Wicked Edge
Lansky Diamond Deluxe
| * Clamp
- Four guide rods
- Four diamond stones: grit size 70, 120, 280 en 600
- Honing oil
| | How to sharpen with the system | There are two ways to sharpen with the Lansky system:
- Place the knife in a vice
- Hold the clamp in your hand
| | Angle it can be set to | Four angles: 17, 20, 25 and 30 degree angles | | Maximum reach of the stones | 40 centimeters, 20 centimeters on each side | | Choice of material | Diamond stones, Synthetic grips, clamp | | Placement of the knife | Placement is a bit difficult when you want to work keeping it in your hand. The knife also gives a little when being held in a clamp. | | Quickest sharpening system | For each side of the blade it took us about 10-15 minutes. In just about half an hour we were able to sharpen the knife. Because the knife is placed sideways it is easy to slip out with the sharpening stones. | | Results | A very sharp knife. It easily withstood the paper test. With even finer guide rods the knife will probably become razor sharp. |
Wicked Edge Precision Sharpener
| * Clamp
- Two guide rods
- Depth key
- Guide for long blades
- Imbus key
- Two double-edged sharpening stones grit size 100/200 and 400/600
| | How to sharpen with the system | There are also two ways to use the Wicked Edge:
- Place the clamp on a flat surface.
- Place the clamp on a sturdy stand.
| | Angle it can be set to | Adjustable per angle within the reach of 15 and 30 degrees | | Maximum reach of the stones | 60 centimeters, 30 centimeters on each side | | Choice of material | Double- edged diamond stones, Synthetic grips, clamp | | Placement of the knife | Using the depth key is incredibly simple. Turn both screws and the knife is steady as a rock. | | Quickest sharpening system | To sharpen the blade on both sides took us about 15 minutes. The knife was tightly secured in the clamp. Because sharpening occurs with an up-and-down motion there is no risk of the stones slipping out. | | Results | A very sharp knife. It easily withstood the paper test. It easily withstood the paper test. When you continue with a finer rod and finish with Leather Strops your blade will become razor sharp. |
Conclusion: usability is king
Both the Lansky Diamond Deluxe Sharpening system as the Wicked Edge sharpening system are easy to use, even for beginners. The manuals help understanding the systems better. One of the most important differences is that the Wicked Edge is more stable. The knife is held steadily by the clamp and the guide rods stay put better. The Lansky-systeem gives a little which sometimes causes you to slip out with the sharpening stones.
The result with both systems is excellent. If you are looking for a more user-friendly system you should go for the Wicked Edge Precision Sharpener.