6 Reasons the Lansky Controlled-Angle System Should be Your First Sharpener

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It is often said that sharpening is not something that you can pick up in a day or even a month. It takes time, energy, and effort to develop the skills required to put a keen edge on your favorite blades.

But the learning process can be helped along by starting out with the right system. Here are six reasons why the Lansky Controlled-Angle Sharpening System should be your first sharpener.

Intuitive and Easy
The Lansky takes the guesswork out of the learning process. Choose your angle – 17, 20, 25, or 30 degrees – and the guide rod sets the stone at the right portion of the knife’s edge.

The system will prevent you from making mistakes and ensures that you’re developing a consistent bevel angle all along the edge. It also provides you with the feedback to know whether or not you are using the right stone and when it’s time to switch to a higher (finer) or lower (coarser) grit.

You know you’re making progress and it’s time to move to a higher grit when you can feel a burr along the edge. No burr? That means you need to spend some more time working on the edge. If you’re still not feeling a burr you know it’s time to move back down to a lower grit.


Many entry-level sharpeners are limited in what they can accomplish. Some work well for touch-ups but fall short when it comes to sharpening a blunt edge. Others might not offer options for getting the edge as sharp as you want it.

Whether you’re working on a minor touch up or a full-fledged reprofile, the Lansky Controlled-Angle System rises to the occasion. As you grow in skill, there is a galaxy of affordable add-ons to expand your repertoire further. This system grows along with your sharpening skills.

Tough Enough for Any Steel
Super steels offer great performance attributes but are often too much for basic sharpening systems. Lansky’s suite of 5 stones is tough enough to remove material regardless of the steel. From basic carbon options to high-end steels like M390, you’ll be able to outfit your blade with a keen edge.

Small Footprint
Some sharpeners consume a lot of space and require installation in order to use them. Before you’ve committed to the art of sharpening, you (or your significant other) may not appreciate the idea of a sharpener permanently affixed to the kitchen table.

The Lansky retains the small footprint of a portable sharpener despite its expanded capabilities. The entire Deluxe System fits into a carrying case that will easily slide into a drawer. Set up takes a few minutes, and when you’re done sharpening stowing it away won’t take much longer.

Great Price Tag
The cost of full-scale sharpening systems can be as much of a barrier as the learning process itself. The Lansky Controlled Angle System offers a serious sharpening solution at a low-risk price. It’s a small investment that is almost sure to pay off big for any knife enthusiast.

Ready to Go Out of the Box
Often, buying the sharpening system is just the beginning. Hidden costs arise in the form of proprietary stones, mounts, polishing tape, or honing oil. The triple-figure receipt can be daunting when you’re just starting out.

But for well under $100 the Lanksy comes ready to tackle almost any job. Five stones running from 70 to 1000 grit give you what you need to get your knives sharp on day one.