Yes, it works great, but it is expensive for this sole purpose. You can get
your knives sharpened many times over for less than the price of a Tormek.
The big advantage of the Tormek over many cheaper sharpeners is that it will
restore a "butter knife dull" edge to razor sharp very quickly.
Having said that the sharpener helps to pay for itself if you get the extra
jigs for sharpening "everything" else that you have.
The Jet may be a considerable cheaper alternative.
Everything else is preparation for the steel. Tormek or Tormek
clones look like nice water cooled grinders. Dry grinding thin
blades to a feather edge risks burning them.
If you're handy, you can build a wet grinder from an old
garbage disposal. Cut back the case and make your
wheels from plexiglas disks with fine grit wet-dry paper
contact cemented to one side. 600 grit is fine enough
to prepare kitchen knives for the steel.
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