[content-egg module=Amazon template=custom/bigcart_notitle]The Spyderco Sharpmaker or to give it its full name the Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker Knife Sharpener is one of the most positively reviewed knife sharpeners on Amazon. To read those reviews (which give great information and insights) click here.
Almost without exception those that have used this particular sharpener are almost too zealous in their praise of it. This sharpener makes edges really sharp, razor sharp when used correctly.
While it is an odd looking contraption no doubt, and it’s not as simple as a pull through knife sharpener, it does come with instructional material and there are videos all over the internet explaining how to get the best out of it. It even ships with its own DVD.
Let’s be honest here and say you can’t get much simpler than a pull through sharpener, but the Spyderco Sharpmaker will get your edges sharper with a little effort on your part. That’s effort to learn the system of sharpening with this product. It may look overly complicated but it’s not really. The two smaller rails you can see in the picture are there simply for your safety in keeping the knife’s edge and your hands separated when sharpening. The other two are the sharpening triangles. Triangles because that is their cross sectional shape. The sharpening triangles have a small furrow formed down their length so you can also sharpen fish hooks, awls and darts in there. Or most tools with a narrow point on them.
It’s a true multi purpose sharpening tool. The base of the Sharpmaker can be bolted to a worksurface for a really stable sharpening station. For travelling, all pieces can be easily dismantled for carrying in the self contained base of the unit. So great for camping, where a true edge on your hunting knives puts you at an obvious advantage.
The sharpening stones can be set to sharpen at either 15 or 20 degrees for knives, down to 12.5 degrees for scissors. The only downside of this product that we could find, is that the sharpening stones can be brittle and must be handled with some care. Cleaning the Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker is as simple as washing with a scouring pad and leaving out to dry in the air. This device is at home sharpening your kitchen knives and scissors, pen knives or hunting knives. It comes with two grades of sharpening stone a medium and fine grade. The medium grade, as expected, is used if a knife is really dull and you need to set the edge again. The fine grade will then just finish it off and get that razor edge.
All in all the Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker is well recommended by us and more importantly by many many others.