The Tri-Angle Sharpmaker 204MF is undoubtedly one of the easiest to use manual knife sharpeners on the market. Not only is it easy to use, but the results provided by using it are amazing, and it can be used to sharpen both straight edge and serrated knives.
Inevitably, your kitchen, pocket, and combat knives will become dull. When this happens, instead of throwing the money spent on them away by throwing the knives, you should use a quality sharpening system such as the Spyderco 204MF to restore the sharpness of their blades.
This is a manual knife sharpener produced by one of the leading manufacturers on the market, more precisely Spyderco. If you feel more satisfaction when you sharpen knives with your own to hands, we recommend that you continue to read our review to learn what makes the Tri-Angle probably the greatest choice that you could go with.
The Tri-Angle Sharpmaker is loved by so many knife enthusiasts precisely due to the simple design that it boasts. This manual knife sharpener is an easy to use tool that has a familiar design and that is lightweight and compact. This means that it won’t be hard to find a storage space for it and that you will be able to easily carry it around with you wherever you go. The Tri-Angle set comes with an ABS plastic base and a lid that allow an easy storage and that ensure the pieces that compose the set won’t get lost.
To better understand how big of an impact the Tri-Angle Sharpmaker had on its manufacturing company, Spyderco, we have to go back in time to the year 1976. This high-end knife sharpening system was actually the first product sold by the company back then, primarily selling it at trade shows and fairs in the US. As the time passed, the company grew and gained a name for itself, but it hasn’t given up on the first product that it has sold. This shows how amazing the concept and design of the Tri-Angle sharpener was in the first place, not requiring drastic transformations as the time passed. The Tri-Angle 204MF model that we are reviewing in this article is the perfect sharpening tool for plain and flat edged knives, serrated knives, darts, fish hooks, awls, and punches. It comes with two sets of high alumina ceramic stones, one of the sets being comprised of a pair of medium grit stones, and the other set being composed of fine stones. The medium grit stones must be used when you want to more aggressively sharpen blades, and the fine stones should be used to give a professional-grade finish to the blade’s edge. Additionally, the base of the system contains keyed holes that are used to set the stones at accurate sharpening angles, more precisely you can either set them at 30 degrees – 15 degrees for each side, or 40 degrees – 20 degrees for each side.
|Stones||2 x high alumina ceramic stones sets|
|Base material||ABS plastic|
|Edge angle||15 and 20 degrees|
|Straight edge knife sharpening||Yes|
|Serrated knife sharpening||Yes|
The Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker 204MF comes with the two sets of ceramic stones that we previously talked about, a set of brass safety rods, a self-contained ABS plastic base, and a lid. The base of this knife sharpening system features keyed holes in which you place the stones at an accurate 15-degree or 20-degree angle. The high alumina ceramic stone sets that it features can be easily told apart as the medium-grit stones are brown in color, and the fine stones are white. Also, they have a different feel and they must be used in specific situations. More precisely, you should use the brown colored stones when you’re dealing with extremely dull blades that need an aggressive sharpening, and you should use the white stones to provide a professional finish to the edges.
The 204MF is one of the easiest knife sharpeners to use, taking only minutes for you to restore the blade sharpness on any knife that you own if you use it. There are 4 steps that you must go through when using this tool. During the first step, place the medium-grit stones with the corners facing each other in the keyed holes. By passing the blade against them, all the excess metal will be quickly eliminated due to their roughness. Moving on to the second step, you must change the position of the medium-grit stones, making them face each other with their flat sides, and pass the blade against these surfaces a couple of times. During the third step, place the fine stones into the keyed holes and have their corner sides facing each other. Simply rub the blade against these surfaces, and move on to the fourth step where you place the fine stones with their flat sides facing each other. Also, you must pass the blade against these surfaces, and the knife is now good to use once again as it has been sharpened to perfection. When you’re done using the sharpening tool, make sure that you scrub the components using an abrasive cleaner and a plastic scouring pad, and let them air dry.
The lifetime warranty that Spyderco offers for this manual knife sharpener is proof enough of its quality and durability. Obviously, to enjoy this lifetime warranty and to benefit from having the product repaired or replaced free of charge whenever something happens to it, you have to make sure that the damage inflicted upon it isn’t a direct cause of misuse. If you do not use the 204MF properly and you are directly responsible for damaging it, the warranty is voided and you will have to pay for the repair or replace it on your own. When it comes to the support offered by the manufacturer for this product, you can rest assured knowing that no matter what question you have about operating it, the customer support department will gladly help you out. But we recommend that you read the manual and look at the instructional DVD that comes with it as any question you might have is probably already answered in one of them.
Spyderco is a humble story of success that gave birth to one of the best performing knife sharpeners out there, the 204MF. Not only is it easy to use but it allows the sharpening of all types of knives, thus catering to all the needs of a knife enthusiast. Undeniably, it’s an investment worth making, one that you will enjoy using on all of the dull blades that you own. Probably the biggest proof of this product’s superior quality is the lifetime warranty that accompanies it.
Regardless of what you want to use it on, either serrated or straight edge knives, and no matter the style of the cutlery that you want to sharpen, be it European, Asian, or American, the 204MF will provide the perfect settings to do the procedure properly and enjoy a sharp, capable blade once again. Therefore, if you actually want to enjoy superiority in quality, give this product a try and you won’t regret it.