The idea to create his own brand of knife sharpeners came to Arthur Lansky Levine when he was a student of the medical school. As a future coroner, he had to work with different types of surgical instruments. Lots of them were in a rather bad condition, mostly because they were dull and unproductive. He decided that a good sharpener could improve this situation and make his studying easier. Keeping in mind the model of the Microtome knife sharpener which his uncle used to possess, Arthur Lansky Levine decided to create a similar device on his own. His goal was to construct a sharpener that could make a good knife as sharp as a scalpel.
As a result, in a few years, he developed the Controlled Angle Sharpening System. He also started a company called Arthur Lansky Levine & Associates which sold those sharpening systems. The product became widely used, and the company began to develop new sharpeners and accessories to them. It took Arthur Lansky Levine & Associates 35 years to build a positive reputation and develop the most board assortment of sharpening appliances and equipment on offer. Today we are going to review one of the pricier models. It is the Lansky Deluxe Diamond Knife Sharpening System or LANLKDMD.
The most significant feature of this Lansky system is that it contains four diamond hones, each of different granularity and finger-grooved. Using diamond hones helps make knife sharpening much easier and faster. Plus, the hones themselves will last you much longer, especially, if you clean and store them properly. For this purpose, special cleaning oil is included in the kit.
The Lansky Deluxe Sharpening System allows you to choose one out of four possible angles for your blade. The 30-degree angle is set for sharpening knives that need to cut rope, wood, or cord. The 25 degrees is an angle suitable for “working” knives, like those that are used by hunters or butchers. If you have a separate knife for dealing with delicate meat, for example, fish fillet, you need to sharpen such knife with the 20-degree angle. The sharpest knives are made by 17 degrees sharpening. This option is designed for razor blades and scalpels.
The kit comes with:
- Plastic box to store all the components
- Fine 600 grit diamond hone
- Medium 280 grit diamond hone
- Coarse 120 grit diamond hone
- Extra coarse 70 grit diamond hone
- Knife clamp that can be set to different angles
- Four guide rod for four honing stones
- Extra long knife clamp screws
- Oil for cleaning hones
- Easy-to-follow multi-lingual manual
At Amazon Average Customer Review, this sharpener got 4.1 out of 5 points. A few customers were concerned with the way some blades are secured in the blade clamp, but most users stated that the system works perfectly. Customers especially liked that the diamond hones were durable and extremely effective. The Vaughn R. Teegarden said that the hones are “well worth the extra money and do not require force to operate.” According to S. Glaser, the whole system was very user-friendly and easy to assemble. However, many users suggested reading the instructions thoroughly and following them precisely. It should help you avoid mistakes and get nice results after the first sharpening. In general, customers called this sharpening system “deceptively amazing,” “solid,” “very sharp,” and “five stars.”