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Guided Knife Sharpening System Features By Manufacturer

Guided Knife Sharpening Features

Which Guided Knife Sharpening System should I get?

At Sharpening Supplies, we offer guided knife sharpening systems from three manufacturers: DMT, Lansky and Gatco.

Each company's system offers different features and options, and all are available in different packages. Knife sharpeners often ask us which system they should get. The answer depends on their individual needs. We have created the following chart to help you decide which will best fit your needs.

Guided Knife Sharpening System Comparisons
Brand Package Case or Bag # of Grits Type of Abrasive Grit Range # of Angle Postions Curved Stones Strop Serrated Stone Stand
DMT Quickedge Aligner Bag 2 Diamond 325-600 7 No No Available No
DMT Deluxe Bag 3 Diamond 325-1200 7 No No Yes No
DMT Aligner Pro Hard Case 3 Diamond 325-1200 7 No No Yes No
DMT Diafold Magna-Guide None 2 Diamond 600-1200 7 No No Available No
DMT Diafold Magna-Guide with EE/E/F/C Hard Case 4 Diamond 325-8000 7 No No Available No
Gatco Edgemate Hard Case 3 Oil Stone 120-320 6 No No Available Available
Gatco Edgemate Professional Hard Case 4 Oil Stone 80-320 6 No No Yes Available
Gatco Diamond Hard Case 3 Diamond 220-550 6 No No Yes Available
Gatco Ultimate Diamond Hard Case 4 Diamond/Oil 220-1200 6 No No Yes Available
Gatco Backpacker Bag 2 Oil Stone 120-220 6 No No Available Available
Gatco Backpacker Diamond Bag 2 Diamond 220-550 6 No No Available Available
Lansky Standard Hard Case 3 Oil Stone 120-600 4 Available Available Available Available
Lansky Universal Hard Case 3 Oil Stone 120-600 4 Available Available Yes Available
Lansky Deluxe Hard Case 5 Oil Stone 70-2000 4 Available Available Available Available
Lansky Standard Diamond Hard Case 3 Diamond 120-600 4 Available Available Available Available
Lansky Deluxe Diamond Hard Case 4 Diamond 70-600 4 Available Available Available Available
Lansky Arkansas Hard Case 3 Arkansas Aprox 400-1200 4 Available Available Available Available

What angles can I sharpen my knife to with each Guided Sharpening System?

The systems all have multiple positions for achieving different bevel angles. Bear in mind however that the guide position is not the only factor that affects the bevel angle. Thicker blades will result in steeper angles. The width of the blade plays an important role as well.

The blade's width also affects the usability of some guide positions. With narrow blades, the clamp that holds the blade can interfere with the stone's ability to contact the edge.

For information on angles and the usability of each system by blade width, see the following: Guided Knife Sharpening System Angles.