Cons: Durability, Ease of Use, Effectiveness, Overall Quality
Marginal, at best.
Pathetic design. As you can see from the picture, the aligner has a nice large thumb-screw for tightening the clamp on the knife blade. BUT, the thumbscrew gets in the way of the rod for small sharpening angles. This causes the stones to drag across the aligner and not touch the knife blade. I really like the material that the aligner is made from, it won't scratch blades. I replaced the DMT aligner which came with my set with the GATCO aligner, and I couldn't be happier. DMT makes the best stones that I have used; but this item is poorly engineered in my opinion. ALSO, in the picture, you can see a brass screw at the fulcrum, which screws into a brass nut on the other side. The nut on the other side pulls out and must be epoxied back into the black polymer holder. I wish I had better news. I have used this for four years.