Pros: Durability, Effectiveness, Overall Quality
Cons: Ease of Use, None
Still my go-to sharpener, but it's not perfect.
I have owned and used the GATCO 10005 sharpening system for many years. It’s still my favorite, and I’ve tried just about everything short of the Edge Pro. It does have some drawbacks (I’ll get to those in a moment), but overall it’s dependable, sturdy, consistent, and can put a screaming sharp edge on your knives. There are some cons, though, and some little nuances that you should know about. First, if you go back later to re-sharpen a knife, it’s hard to guarantee that you will get exactly the same sharpening angle again. You’ll probably just have to start over. Then, there’s the clamp itself. It has a slot cut at its end, supposedly for pocket knives, and if you use that, you probably will get the same angle every time. Unfortunately, the slot isn’t recessed very far into the clamp, and it may be a little deep compared to the thickness of the knife you’re sharpening. The rod guide itself is very un-ergonomic. Using it as-is for any length of time will tire and gouge your hand. If you buy this system, you will definitely want to get the “Easy Grip Clamp Mount” to go with it. The last drawback is that the clamping screws and clamp edges get in the way of using the shallower (11° and 15°) slots. I solved the screw head height problem by buying some shorter socket-head cap screws and a socket wrench. Despite these things, this is still my go-to sharpener when I really want to guarantee that I’ll get a great edge. It is that dependable. Just be aware of the limitations and work-arounds, and I think you will probably like it, too.