The Washboard! Intuitive and comprehensive freehand sharpening system for cutlery and edged tools.
I purchased the washboard system and have been very impressed with it so far. It is a great tool to teach you consistency with your strokes, and I wish I had one for when I was first learning to freehand. The unique feedback really lets you know if you're holding the knife at the right angle. It's kind of like a guided system, but without the super high price
For reference, I have some very expensive Naniwa Chosera waterstones. I use the washboard more frequently than the Choseras.
I picked one of these up from Martin about a week and a half or two weeks ago. All though I have not had a chance/need to do any re-profiling with the WB,I have stropped a few blades with plain copy paper and a little compound with very good results. Martin does a great job on making these. He also does a fantastic job of assembling the over all package that he sends to his customer. I was very impressed with the instructions that are included,probably the best instructions I have seen ever! You can really tell he developed this product out of the passion he has for making things sharp and he wants his customers to be able to get the most out of it as possible.
... the more I use the WB, the more I like it and the more I think it's a jackpot for a lot of frustrated stroppers. Like me. I guess it suits my needs, rather than forcing me to adapt to its peculiarities. I think perhaps that is what I like best about it. Thank you for being thoughtful and persistent enough to develop the idea and bring it to life.
I don't mind you quoting me, you can keep my name in there too, I like supporting a great product like yours. I have been using some compound I had around since yours is in a drawer somewhere. The paper with some compound sure cuts nice and polishes the edge well. My EDC has a 52100 warnie blade that gets used often. I just use a sharpmaker then the block to finish it off. The edge pops hair easily and stays at a working edge after a treatment. Great product and easy to use to maintain my blades. Martin
I received the washboard kit. And he has put a set of great instructions along with the kit. Very easy to use, great feedback audibly and felt through the finger tips. Makes it easy to find the bevel and stay there. Many great instructional videos on youtube if any further tips/instruction is needed. Very courteous, responsive, and helpful. I highly recommend this setup to anyone. Can't wait to get more time on the washboard
I'm really liking the washboard and the feedback it provides; it's helped me identify certain inconsistency, and to understand better some of my (non)results up to this point. I've also been meaning to commend you on the included manual. You definitely need to provide illustration and text credits (even just "by Martin Miller" somewhere if they're yours alone, or other attribution if you had assistance).
I have finished sharpening another scandi knife today, just good old O1 steel and it was quite dull. Anyway, I scrubbed away on 1000 JWS, then 3000, then onto your WB with 2 sheets 24lb/90g/m2 printer paper with white compound. Then plain paper, again 2 sheets. The last two strokes very light with a bit more pressure towards the apex on purpose so I could feel being "off" from the feedback (the rough sound). But the endresult is outstanding. Not sure what the plain paper can do other than burnishing the apex but it sure made a difference (a microbit of a burr that it removed?). Maintenance on white or black compound is a breeze! Also, I used 2000 grit sandpaper the first time on the WB to remove a burr from a new scandi. I did not want to go on JWS, thought that was too cruel. Worked very well and very good feedback.
After playing with this a little I am now getting it Just been using the copy paper and some compound to strop some blades and really getting some great results. Cuts the burr off after putting a bevel on with an wicked edge, cant wait to use some sand paper. Thanks so much for marketing these, your instruction booklet makes it easy!
After much deliberation I broke down and ordered a washboard kit, I wish I hadn't hesitated a second, it is easily worth the price charged just to use it as a strop. I have several different sharpening systems, including a KME (diamonds and ceramics) DMT diamond plates and a Sharp Maker. They all have their place but as far as ease of use and bang for the buck the Washboard is top of the food chain.