We quickly learnt how many existing sharpeners on the market actually damaged the knives they purport to be sharpening. The Fasttrack KS approach and design undertakes the task of sharpening in a completely different way.
It does something we call "Pre-preparation".
The KS creates a full bevelled edge on both sides of the blade. The convergent point of the 2 bevels becomes the blade edge. So when in time the knife dulls. It literally takes 3 to 6 sharpening strokes on each knife side to refresh the blade edge. This is because the prepared material above the convergent point is already set and ground to the correct bevel angle.
TWO TECHNIQUES - ONE RESULT
WORK TOP - SHARPENING TECHNIQUE
The FTS KS can be used on a work-surface.
We've learnt it helps the less experienced to stand the FTS KS on its non slip nitrile feet on a worktop, it isn't as quick as using it freehand but it can give much needed confidence to the novice and it Improves the sense of control over the sharpening process. Most importantly this technique gives you a clear sight of the blade against the strike plate and diamond stone. Which helps develop an understanding as to how the Fasttrack KS works.
FREE HAND - SHARPENING TECHNIQUE
For those familiar with sharpening the FTS KS can be hand held and has a sharpening action not dis similar to that of a chefs steel but crucially without the necessity to learn to maintain a consistent contact angle between two handheld objects - Steel in one hand and knife in the other. Embedded rare earth magnets assist in holding the blade side against the strike plate. Ensuring that the blade tip meets the 3" DC diamond stone consistently at exactly the right angle.
No other aspect of the FTS KS has taken so much deliberation. From the research and feedback we received we decided that a sharpening angle of 17 deg or an inclusive angle of 34 degwould offer the best all round performance for work in the kitchen.
"ON BOARD" LEATHER STROP
We know of no other knife sharpener that combines instant fixed angle sharpening with a honing strop. The dish profiled leather strop ensures that any wire/burr created by the sharpening process is removed with the only material that offers a compliant yet durable surface - leather.
When it comes to finishing a blade edge, it's hard to ignore the time honoured qualities of leather and so; quite late on in the design process. We decided to inset the strike plate with a leather surface. This helps to prevent damage to the side of the blade during a sharpening stroke and over time helps to burnish the side of the knife.
CONSISTENT SHARPENING ANGLE
The critical element that decides on whether you sharpen your knife or blunt it.
Is a consistent angled contact point between the knife edge and the abrasive.
Get that right and every time you wish to regain an edge you can be sure that the same point of contact at the same angle minimizes abrasion, getting your knife edge sharp again.
Our solution was to embed 2 x rare earth magnets just below the surface of the strike plate. This helps hold the blade side at the correct angle to meet the diamond stone with every sharpening stroke.
DIAMOND CROSS DIAMOND STONES
Importantly M.POWER has now had over 15 years experience in developing and manufacturing our own range of diamond stones. We've learnt that there are many different ways people like to go about sharpening tools and knives. However the common thread that runs through all these different techniques is to have a great quality abrasive. 5 years ago we launched our unique DC (Diamond Cross) range of diamond stones. All those personal preferences fed into our decision to offer 5 different accessory grades of diamond stone to be used with the FTS KS.
|New Grit Size|
|Super Fine Finishing|
If you need to remove a nick from a blade edge or to re-establish a pair of full bevel edges. The super abrasive 100 grit Extra course removes the maximum material in the shortest time. Then again it's personal preference that determines the grade you choose to use to finish your knives with.
QUICK CHANGE OPTION
We feel we'd failed you, if every time you wanted to change a diamond stone grade. You'd have to find a screwdriver to complete the task. So like the original FASTTRACK, diamond stones are quick change, held in place by a magnet with the process start to finish taking less than 20 seconds to start.
Traditionally "AUTO" sharpeners are bench mounted, can have a lot of components and take time to assemble and use. Certainly not something you'd want set up on your kitchen worksurface. Midway through cooking a dish. Not so the FASTTRACK KS, it can be stored in a kitchen draw, used and replaced in less than 30 seconds. There's no assembly or set up. Less than a dozen sharpening strokes later, the result, a truly sharp knife in next to no time with the FTS KS back in the drawer.
The FTS KS is very well built. We manufacture products that are designed to literally last a lifetime.
Using the best quality components made in the most durable materials we can find. For example all the fixings (9 screws in total) are made in stainless steel and are fitted in our factory in the UK. The leather strops are scythed, prepared and backed with 3M adhesive by our supplier in Northampton UK.