The Edge Pro Apex is arguably the best knife sharpening tool available, yet it has some limitations. In this article I’ll show you a base I built that gets rid of the suction cups, adds stability, and retains portability.
First, as I progressively provide the details of my Applied Permaculture Project I want to share my intent with starting a knife sharpening business. The objective is not to become a full-time knife sharpener. Though I do find the metallurgy and science fascinating, neither do I intend to become the smartest dude on knives. My intent is really to provide an alternative source of income and to channel that income into a sustainability project on my homestead. When that project is successful I will look back on knife sharpening as the snowflake that started the snowball.
I heard a quote today on the Tim Ferriss podcast that struck a chord with me. Trying to win is not the same as trying not to lose. I find that motivational as I try to acquire customers for my knife sharpening business.
With that in mind, I also want to find other people with the itch to start a knife sharpening service in pursuit of greater self-reliance. For that reason I am posting as many details as I can of this venture. I sincerely hope this works, and that it can be used as a blueprint for someone else seeking greater control of life.
Now to the Edge Pro Apex. Really a great tool, with a major limitation. As sold, it does not stay put when sharpening a knife. I tried to correct this by mounting it directly to my workbench, but that made my work bench relatively unusable for other projects, and limited my ability to travel with the Edge Pro. One of the best things about acquiring any skill is the opportunity to share it with friends and family. My motivation to improve the mount was so that I could travel with the Edge Pro at Thanksgiving to sharpen the carving knife.
The best way I have come up with is a rigid mount to a plywood base. See the drawing below and download a higher resolution copy here:
Edge Pro Mount
Screenshot of the drawing, see the text for a link to a higher resolution version to build off.
This is a straight forward, simple, yet effective design. Non-slip adhesive pads are installed on the bottom, and the holes for the edge pro are drilled from the bottom with a 3/16” drill and countersunk to accept #8-32 flat head screw. I used 1.5” screws. Feed them through the hole, run a washer and nut down them, keep it loose as you screw it into the Edge Pro and when you have the Edge Pro at the height that you like, tighten the nuts to the plywood.
Detail on the fasteners for the Edge Pro mount.
The wings on the plywood allow the mount to be clamped to a table in case it still slides. I’ve used this on several surfaces and have not yet needed the clamps.
Please let me know if I missed any details, or if you need any help building one for yourself. Please also check out my YouTube video to see if it answers any questions you might have.