The Gatco 10006 Ultimate Diamond Hone Sharpening System is an interesting piece of kit. While versatile enough to deal with both straight edged and serrated knives, it is definitely better suited to those with a vast array of survival, sport and hunting knives, rather than anyone wanting to maintain their kitchen knife collection.
So with that in mind, let’s have a look at what it has to offer.
The sharpening kit has the Gatco patented six position angle guide and knife clamp, offering extremely versatile knife sharpening.
The correct sharpening angle is held through out, making the tool easy to use. A beginner should be able to pick up the Gatco 10006 and expect precision sharpening quite quickly. Having said that, some users have found it slightly awkward when trying to sharpen larger knives.
The fact the tool uses diamond abrasives is also worth a mention. The 10006 is one durable piece of kit, able to deal with the most damaged of knives. (Which let’s face it, can happen when knives are used out in the field.)
And what about the Gatco brand itself? The story behind the company is actually quite interesting. GATCO, (short for the Great America Tool Company – a fantastic name you might agree), is a family run outfit, working out of Buffalo, NY.
The company was founded in 1989, by John Anthon and his wife Nancy. Like the genesis of a several companies within the knife sharpening market, it came about due to the founders frustration at not being able to find a tool that could really look after their knives.
Seeing that quality, precision and ease of use could be improved upon, they set out to make their own tool. After 30 years in the game, GATCO are also behind Timberlne Knives and the Cape Cod Collection Gourmet series of knives for the home. They certainly know what they are doing, and have a range of products that are worth checking out.
The Gatco 10006 Ultimate Diamond Hone Sharpening System in brief:
- Coarse, medium, and fine monocrystalline diamond hones
- GATCO exclusive six-angle knife clamp/angle guide, insures a precision honing action
- Special serrated knife sharpening hone
- 1200 grit ceramic finishing hone
- Scientifically formulated honing oil that meets USDA standards for food contact
- Custom carrying case with instructions permanently affixed to the lid
The following is a list of knives that can be maintained using the Gatco 10006:
• Serrated pocket knives
• Plain edge pocket knives
• Serrated sport knives
• Hunting knives
• Skinning Knives
• Tactical Knives
• Survival knives
• Razor knives
• Fillet knives
• Gut hook knives
• Hook bill carpet knives
• Swiss Army knives
• Multi-tool knives