Pros: Durability, Ease of Use, Effectiveness, Overall Quality
I've used a LOT of different sharpeners, and until I got the Sharpmaker my favorite was the Gatco clamped sharpening system. I still resort to the Gatco for really tough cases, but the Spyderco Sharpmaker has become my new overall favorite. After reading reviews from other people saying that the ultra fine grit rods made a huge difference, I decided to give them a try, too. WOW!!! I thought I'd gotten some wicked-sharp edges before, but the ultra fine rods really do take sharpness to a new level. I'm seriously impressed! I know you're not supposed to use the old "shaving the arm" test, but it's still the only way I can tell what kind of edge I really have. The regular fine-grit rod did give me a shaving sharp edge, a good one, I thought. But after the ultra fine, the hairs almost part themselves before the blade touches them. Yes, these really were worth the money. I have to repeat the same caution that others have noted, though: this listing is for only ONE ultra fine rod, and you need TWO. You'll have to set the quantity yourself when you order.