Although the KME Precision KF-D4 isn't the fastest knife sharpening tool to use out there as it does require a longer setup than other manual systems, it's one of the easiest to use and it delivers an amazing sharpening capability due to the numerous accessories that it comes with and the features that it boasts.
Although KME is one of the newer brands on the knife sharpener market, it’s a brand that boasts a great reputation and popularity as it offers efficient and intuitive products to interested customers, products that come at fair prices. The KME KF-D4 manual knife sharpening system is their best product to date, delivering an effective yet classic sharpening method. As with all manual sharpening systems, it allows you to have a bigger control over the entire operation while still ensuring that you won’t have to put in as much effort as you do with a sharpening stone, for example. The Precision KF-D4 from KME is indeed a manual knife sharpener to be excited about and to better understand why you should stick with us until the end of the review as more details will be offered about it in the following lines.
This high-end manual knife sharpener comes in a hard case that accommodates the base and the accessories perfectly. Although the case is quite large in size in order to be able to carry all of these items, it still fits easily in a backpack, so you won’t have trouble taking the sharpening system with you if you plan on using it somewhere else besides at home. Also, considering that the case filled with the base and the accessories weighs approximately 4 pounds, it won’t be hard to carry either. The base and the lid of the case are lined with soft foam that has the role of protecting the contents inside of it. The additional layer of stiff foam features cut-outs for accessories such as the stones, the stone carrier, and the oils, holding everything in place when you’re carrying the case.
Obviously, it’s the sharpening performance of the KME Precision KF-D4 sharpening system that makes it one of the best and most popular choices of the moment. This manual system combines versatility and efficiency to provide a sharpener that it capable of handling most tasks thrown its way, thus becoming an indispensable tool for a knife collectioner. The 360-degree rotational clamp allows a simultaneous sharpening of both sides of the blade to save time and energy.
The sharpening angle can be adjusted from 17 degrees to 30 degrees, and all that you have to do to change this angle is to lower or raise a bearing. It can be used to sharpen knives that feature a small blade as well as knives that come with a bigger blade. Unfortunately, this manual knife sharpener can be used only to sharpen straight edge knives. If you want to use it to restore blade sharpness to a serrated knife, you must separately purchase the KME KFDNF tapered diamond rod for serrated blades, so an additional investment will be required.
|Base and lid material||Foam|
|Edge angle||17 – 30 degrees|
|Clamp type||360-degree rotational clamp|
|Straight edge knife sharpening||Yes|
|Serrated knife sharpening||Yes|
The Precision KF-D4 manual sharpening system from KME comes with a quite impressive list of accessories, more precisely the knife sharpening system jig, the hardshell case, a 1-ounce water bottle, a 12×12 cotton cloth that is used for cleaning, a 140 grit x-coarse hone, a 300 grit coarse hone, a 600 grit fine hone, and a 1500 grit extra fine hone. The amazing 360-degree rotational clamp that it comes with features 2 horizontal stops and it provides a simultaneous sharpening of both edges of the blade.
The process of adjusting the clamp to set the precise blade thickness is made a lot easier as you only have to turn the large hand knob in order to adjust it. The spherical bearing rod guide that it features preserves a zero deviation from the sharpening angle that you select, all while maintaining a smooth motion. Additionally, the neoprene padded jaws of the clamp ensure that the blade won’t be scratched or marred during the sharpening process.
Although the KME KF-D4 isn’t one of the fastest sharpening tools to use, it’s one of the most effective out there, so it’s totally worth the investment. To use it, you first have to thread the rod inside the back of the stone carrier. Now you must place the stone that you want to use in the carrier. To do this, loosen the knob at the end of the stone carrier and simply insert the stone in the clamp and tighten it up by turning the knob.
To clamp the blade, you simply have to turn the knob, so the process of adjusting the clamp to the blade’s thickness is oversimplified, making it easy even for a beginner to operate it. Next, adjust the sharpening angle as you desire and insert the rod into the hole of the spherical bearing rod guide. Now, you can proceed to sharpen the blade with the stone in the easiest and fastest manner possible. To get a better understanding of how to use this sharpening system, we recommend that you check out the video above as all of the instructions are presented in detail in it.
The manufacturer provides a 1-year warranty for the KF-D4 sharpener. To avoid invalidating the warranty, make sure that you carefully assemble and use it in order to not damage the product due to improper handling. As long as you make sure that you follow the instructions when you use it if it becomes defective in any way or it is damaged through no fault of your own, the manufacturer will replace it for free.
Another highlight of this product is the fact that it comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, meaning that you can return it and receive the money that you have spent on it back in case you’re not pleased with the way it sharpens your knives. If you have any questions related to the product, you can contact the customer support department for answers on the telephone number or email address provided on the manufacturer’s website.
Manual sharpening of knives will never become a lost art as long as there are dependable and easy to use systems out there, like the KF-D4 from KME. Allowing an ample sharpening angle adjustment that ranges from 17 degrees to 30 degrees, it’s the dream tool for any knife passionate person out there as it can be used on all variations of cutting tools. Well, with one exception unfortunately, more precisely that it can’t be used in the sharpening process of serrated knives.
Leaving this minor flaw aside, it’s easy to work with it as you have probably already figured out after watching the video in this article. Due to the fact that it features rotational clamps, it allows a simultaneous sharpening of both sides of the blade. Thus, you’ll be done with sharpening your entire knife collection before you know it. Overall, it’s a product worth taking into consideration if you care about the well-being of your cutlery.