Pros: Durability, Effectiveness, Ease of Use
Cons: Effectiveness, None
Great, but slightly flawed.
I use this product to get a quick usable edge on a blade and to remove small chips and imperfections. When I'm done with it the blade will take hair off of my arm. It is easy to use. The diamond plates cut quick. The fine plate is what most seasoned sharpeners would consider somewhat coarse. I doubt that I will ever have to use the coarse plate. The ceramic rod works very well but you have to pay close attention to what you're doing since it isn't flat. I don't use knives with serrated blades so I can't speak to the effectiveness of the small ceramic rod meant for serrations. The unit does what it was meant to do which is why I only took off one star for what I consider a couple of cons. The first con is that the angles aren't adjustable. Secondly, I don't find the strop very useful as I prefer a large area to strop on. In a pinch I can use newsprint or a belt if I need to strop. I would prefer an ultra fine ceramic or even a small steel for a chef's knife in its place. Overall, I'd recommend this for anyone who might need an edge quickly but finds it impractical to carry around their entire system. I would also recommend it to someone who might need to remove a chip or roll from a small blade but doesn't want to pony up the cash for a diamond bench stone. No one should buy this product with the expectation that it could serve as their entire system.