Pros: Effectiveness, Durability, Overall Quality
Apex Edge Pro
The Apex Edge Pro is a solid, well built sharpening system. Despite having a plastic body the main unit does not flex, bend, or feel cheap in any way.The stones that come with this system are excellent. The 120 grit stone is very useful for re-profiling edges. Soaking the stones in warm water with a couple drops of dish soap mixed in aids in preventing the stones from loading up during sharpening. Running the stones wet with the included water bottle keeps them cutting smooth and sharp. Working up to 1000 grit and then lightly using the ceramic rod will easily pop hairs. Polishing the edge with the provided 3000 and 5000 grit polishing tapes will create a screaming sharp edge. The instructions included are also excellent. The one downfall of this system is that in order to sharpen short blades with an aggressive re-curve requires purchasing additional narrow stones.After re-profiling and sharpening my daily carry folder with a very hard s30v blade to 18 degrees per side I was able to achieve a level of sharpness which other systems, stones, and improvised methods could not. The edge is polished and insanely sharp and holds up excellently to daily use. This system, to me, is the perfect way for the project oriented consumer to sharpen their knives with repeatable results.