Originally Posted by Smokin' Gnome BBQ
this looks pretty cool. here is my question, can a novice (me) pull this out of the box, read the instructions and use it with out destroying my knives. I would really have to ruin a Shun.
IMHO no one should try sharpening a Shun or any other good knife until you have learned how to sharpen.
Grab a couple of old knives or get something from a pawn shop to learn on, once mastered then move on to your good knives. As with anything it takes practice to master knife sharping.