Ok I thought this deserved another sticky. Feel free to post up your favorite Sharpener with review
I picked up Smith's® Diamond Field Sharpening Kit from Lowes(a local hardware store) last night for $29. I have used a whetstone, an Auto sharpener and a dremel(for lawn mower blades) in the past, but this is my first "pro" kit.
I sharpened 2 knives with it last night and the results were darn impressive. The first knife was a 2" Schrade that wasn't dull, but wasn't razor sharp either. The second was an ancient Boy Scout knife of my fathers. I tried the metal clamp but I couldn't get the smaller 2" blades to seat properly and found doing it by hand worked better for me. The Schrade came out amazingly sharp and even the Boy Scout knife as rusty and dull as it was, turned out razor sharp. It only took a couple minutes on both. The schrade actually shaved a small patch of hair on my arm and they both easily sliced paper afterwards. I only used the course stone on the BS knife as the Schrade's blade was semi sharp already.
I haven't tried it on my cutlery yet, as I want to "hone" my skills a little more on cheaper knives. I gotta give it two thumbs up so far. I am only giving it 4 stars out of 5 as the clamp vice is a little akward, but still works. It isn't perfect, but it does a great job and doesn't ruin your knives like a lot of those auto sharpeners can/will.