Because the Tri-Angle Sharpmaker was the first product ever made by Spyderco, the company likes to say first it made things sharp and then it made sharp things. The saying may be catchy, but it's absolutely true.
Spyderco perfected knife sharpening with the Sharpmaker by offering a set that gives professional-grade sharpening to nearly any blade. The Spyderco knife sharpener includes two sets of high alumina ceramic stones. The first set is a pair of medium grit stones for aggressive sharpening, and the second set is a pair of fine stones for finishing.
The sharpening stones fit into the angled slots on the polymer base of the kit. There are holes at 30 degrees and 40 degrees for knives, and one at 12.5 degrees for scissors. Meanwhile, an included set of brass safety rods offer the user protection while sharpening.
Even though some claim you must take serrated knives to be sharpened professionally, the triangular stones of the set allow for sharpening on both plain edges and serrated edges.
All of the included items fit into the ABS plastic base, which comes with a lid that snaps halfway over the base for extra stability when sharpening.
Quick! List the most respected and innovative knife companies you can think of. If you know anything about knives, Spyderco is somewhere near the top. Spyderco Inc. makes some of the most unique and downright bizarre knife designs you'll see on the market, but from the number of passionate fans discussing, debating, and learning everything they can about Spyderco knives, it's clear that the company has done something right.
From the Glesser Family and the Spyderco Crew:
Since starting Spyderco we've been told our knives are different, peculiar, even out there. All true. Thinking beyond established knife industry barriers allowed us to introduce new and radical innovations to the knife culture including: One-hand opening, serrations on a folder and a clip to attach a knife to a pocket.
We didn't go into business to rake in a mountain of dough we're here for more selfish reasons- indulging our passion for creating knives. Spyderco is definitely out of the norm in the knife industry in our dedication to researching and developing fresh, improved and better performing materials all with function and reliability being key.
Someone once said to Sal Glesser, Spyderco's owner, 'You must design in the dark because your knives look so strange.' True again. Our recognizable appearance is a result of designing ergonomic functional tools rather than applying lipstick and nylons to a pocketknife. We may look curious, homely, whatever, but we'll never be called unusable or undependable.
Making knives that consistently deliver reliable high-performance requires an ongoing commitment to testing. In our million-dollar testing facility we examine edge retention with a CATRA machine, look for rust development with Q-FOG, check the force needed to open and close a knife. We also repeatedly test for stress, wear, optimal heat-treating and actively search for higher quality, performance enhancing steels and materials.
As a customer you probably don't think about this, or much care, but it allows us to put forth a promise. When you purchase a Spyderco you are buying a high-quality reliable cutting tool designed and manufactured for peak performance and ergonomic comfort. Those Who Know Carry Spyderco.