View Full Version : Has anyone ever seen a sharpener like this?
02-12-2010, 08:43 PM
It looks vaguely familiar.
I searched and didn't see this mentioned anywhere.
Eighth of Eight
02-12-2010, 09:01 PM
02-12-2010, 09:19 PM
Thanks for the laugh. :)
I wonder if they will see any lawsuits over the lack of a safety mechanism.
02-13-2010, 03:49 AM
I'm not certain Spyderco was the first to market a V style two rod sharpener and, while the Sharpmaker may have specific features which were, at one time, protected by a patent I'm not sure any of those features still are. I'd be inclined to doubt it, considering how long it's been in production. I know that, in addition to the Smith's there are several other sharpeners now on the market which use two ceramic rods arranged in a V. None of them really resemble a Sharpmaker, none use that name, so I honestly don't see a problem here.
For example, these are from A.G. Russell...
02-13-2010, 07:07 AM
I remember 20-25 years ago buying something similar from Buck, two ceramic rods sticking out at an angle from a plastic base.
I have been using this one for over 25 yrs.
Just clean the rods now and then with Ajax......
Between this and oil stones....... I guess I never progressed....
I guess its an antique now? No brand name that I can find........
Bought it at a knife shop in the mall back in 1984. (Remember cause I just got married)
02-13-2010, 01:43 PM
Very interesting. Thanks for all the info!
02-13-2010, 01:54 PM
Spyderco had a few different types of sharpeners before the 204 Sharpmaker.
02-13-2010, 10:22 PM
what is that doo-hickey in the back? seems like it would be a major pita to put the knife under the top section and then pull it down and what is that 90 degree arm sticking out from the top for?
02-14-2010, 05:22 AM
what is that doo-hickey in the back? seems like it would be a major pita to put the knife under the top section and then pull it down and what is that 90 degree arm sticking out from the top for?Spyderco 105-M Fold-A-Vee sharpener. It appeared in the '86 and '90 catalogs. Imagine the arm is what you hold onto when using it. Came with a leather pouch and appears to have been intended as a portable sharpener.
02-14-2010, 10:33 AM
Seen one? I own one, and used it until I got a set of Profile stones.
The rods are teardrop shaped, which I like a lot -- a very versatile shape for sharpening all sorts of odd shapes. The diamond stone isn't a good one; it wore out pretty quickly.
02-14-2010, 10:49 AM
I'm pretty sure Spyderco innovated v-shaped sharpening systems, at least they imply so in the sharpmaker DVD, but the Sharpmaker is certainly not a unique product. I know of at least 2 other variations, one by Lansky and one by DMT.
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