Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Product Review: Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System


Last week I ordered the Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System., and every day since it arrived I've been searching the house for knives I can sharpen on it, simply because it's that good.

The last five years I've been collecting knives and collecting sharpening systems. The knives I've been happy with, but the sharpening systems, by and large, are just taking up space in my kitchen drawers.

The Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System. is very similar to a system my Dad always used when I was a kid. I can picture him clearly sitting at our oak kitchen table with his knives arranged nicely on a small towel, while the hint of honing oil lingered until dinner.

What using this system has taught me is that sometimes you should stick with what you know. The Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System. consists of three stones: Coarse, Medium and Fine. The system also comes with a trial bottle of honing oil and a small plastic 23-degree sharpening guide. (I also ordered a large bottle of Lansky Nathan's Natural Honing Oil when I ordered the system, and I'm glad I did because the trial bottle didn't last long).

The 23-degree sharpening guide isn't very useful for anything other than getting a "feel" for the right angle. Believe me, it won't take long to master.

Most of the knives I sharpened started on the Medium stone and finished nicely on the Fine stone. Several knives attained an edge sharp enough to shave hair off my arm. One of the selling points of the Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System. is its ability to polish an edge while producing one. I don't know how important of a feature this is, but I certainly didn't notice anything unsightly when I finished sharpening a knife.

The only down side is that I felt I had to rinse off the stone every time between knives because of the buildup. I didn't remember my Dad having to do this. On the flip side, however, is that the base is made of plastic (my Dad's was wood) so I didn't have to worry about its resistance to constant washing.

I highly recommend the Smith's TRI-6 Arkansas TRI-HONE Sharpening Stones System.. My knives are sharper than they've ever been. I only hope my fingers don't pay the price!

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