Spyderco Sharpmaker Tri-Angle Knife Sharpening Kit 204MF

Item #BHQ-1859
MSRP: $115.00
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  • Brand: Spyderco
  • Length: 7.00"
  • Width: 0.50"
  • Material: Ceramic
  • Type: Stone
  • Model: Sharpmaker
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Product Type: Sharpener
  • Weight: 1 lb. 4.48 oz.

Chances are you've heard it said "a sharp knife is safer than a dull one". We believe this quote originated from first hand experience and find it to be true. The Sharpmaker was Spyderco’s first product, which they made and sold before getting into the knife business.

The Tri-Angle Sharpmaker (204MF) includes two sets of high alumina ceramic stones: A pair of medium-grit (brown) stones for aggressive knife sharpening and a set of fine (white) stones for professional grade finishing. The stones are triangular for sharpening Plainedges on the flat sides and SpyderEdges (serrations) on the corners. A furrow running the length of each stone lets you sharpen pointed items like fishhooks, darts and awls. Included is a set of aluminum safety rods protecting the users hands while sharpening.

All components snap into the self-contained ABS plastic base and lid -- ready to travel with you. Die-cut into the base are keyed slots and holes fitted for the stones. They accurately set the stone's sharpening angle at a 30° (15° each side) or 40° (20° each side) for knives and a 12.5° scissor setting. Turn the base over, a channel lets you lay two stones side-by-side (flat-side up) for use as a benchstone. The lid snaps halfway over the base creating a handhold for stability while you're sharpening.

Ceramic stones, like glass, will break if dropped -- handle carefully. Use them dry, without oil, water or lubricants. To clean: scrub stones with a plastic scouring pad and powered abrasive cleaner, let air-dry. Also autoclave safe. System comes with instruction book and DVD.

Check out our extensive Sharpmaker Review to see why the Sharpmaker is the best sharpener out there!

Or if you already have one, restock on some handy Sharpmaker Replacement stones.

Customer Reviews

Great set up
Jeff R. on Jun 26, 2017

I had been looking for a easy to use knife sharpening kit and took a chance based off the reviews here. I was not disappointed in a little over an hour I put my edc knives and our kitchen back in order. Don't think it would straighten out a heavily damaged blade but if your knives are in relatively good shape just dulled this what your looking for.

Best knife sharpener ever
Hunter T. on Jun 2, 2017

Took my completely dull mini griptillian to hair popping sharp in under 10 minutes this sharpener is amazing.

Touch Up Sharpener
Tanner T. on Oct 31, 2019

I wouldn't use this knife to reprofile a blade, but it is great for what it is! It is great to touch up an already decently sharp blade. If you're going to reprofile id look at something like the worksharp belt sharpeners. This setup even without the extra fine stones still make my knives shaving sharp though!!

it's may got sharpener.
Amos J. on Nov 28, 2018

I own two of these sharpeners I've had them for many years when. I carry one in my pack when I go out on along hiking trips. The others in the kitchen when work making sure all my blads at home have a safe working edge.

So easy
Joseph G. on Jun 8, 2021

I'd never really had anything other than an old two sided wetstone to sharpen knives before this. The instructions were thorough but self explanatory. I got 5 knives shaving sharp in maybe 15 minutes and I couldn't be happier with this thing. I love that it is so compact as well. 10/10 in my opinion

Awesome product
Cameron S. on Oct 18, 2016

No complaints so far. Very fast and easy to touch up any knife.

Awesome Sharpening System
Matthew J. on May 19, 2019

I've struggled to get a consistent edge on my blades with various methods over the years, but this system has helped me get that under control. I added the ultra-fine stones and a strop, and my blades are getting sharper and sharper. It's also easy to break down and store it out of the way until I'm ready to use it again. I love it!

spyderco sharpener is unbelievable
michael b. on Jun 29, 2018

I was never a good knife sharpener, and I tried a number of systems. It was always so frustrating when I could not get the knives sharp. When I purchased the spyderco triangle sharp-maker I became a professional, I have every knife in the house shaving sharp. I love it. I did buy the diamond stones and the ultra fine one and I'm so glad that I did. Five stars all the way P.S. I was pretty proud of myself until I read Cory's review! Gee dang it. Son of a b*#tch.......

Allows a newbie to get hair shaving sharp
TAYLOR D. on Oct 10, 2020

I have been collecting knives for several years and my prior approach was anytime a knife edge needed sharpening, I just bought a new knife. I have tried bench stones but I just don't have the coordination. I have started to enter the world of middle to higher tier knives (Benchmade, Spyderco, etc.) and I wanted to maintain the edges. So I decided to try the Sharpmaker. It is as simple and easy as everyone says and I am getting hair shaving sharp in 5-10 minutes from a dull edge. And it is extremely compact. So far I have not had a need to buy the diamond or extra fine stones. If you are on the fence, buy it!

Great and Easy Edge Maintenance
Peter M. on Oct 18, 2018

I use my dad's old version of this, and it works great! And multiple people I know have the newer one, and it's their go to sharpener. It's not kidding when the package says, "built for professional results", because if you pair it with a strop, it will give you an edge to be scared of! The more coarse rods do great for harder steels; My main edc knife uses Bohler M390 and the Tri-Angle doesn't hesitate to put a crazy edge on it. I would recommend this to anyone!

Easy way to maintain your knifes sharp.
Oscar B. on Aug 4, 2020

Great and simple sharpener to use. Got a sharp edge on my knifes. Helped me form a edge back on one of my knives after it was chipped a bit.

Best sharpener
Scott S. on Jan 7, 2021

I was skeptical of a sharpening solution like this because I've always used a stone before, but I can't see myself going back. This makes it so easy to put a great edge on anything that I've sharped every blade I have, and then did every blade my wife had. She's very pleased to have all of her fabric scissors sharp like new.

GDPR G. on Feb 4, 2019

Easy Peasy
Scott T. on Aug 6, 2020

I was so surprised at how easy it is to use, I thought I was doing it wrong. That is, until I took a magnifying glass to my freshly sharpened edge! As a knife sharpening hack, I really couldn't be happier with how intuitive the design of the Spyderco is. I just can't say enough. I will also be getting a strop shortly though to further hone my skills... Thanks!

Scary Scary Sharp-Extreme Caution
Marc P. on Dec 14, 2020

On totally serrated knives like the spydercos, razor and I mean, razor sharp! Same effect on my kabar and on my cobratech auto otf(if straight edged). One thing, a little tricky on partially serrated knives still have that to perfect but, on full serrated and straight edged/double edged? All I can say thus far, is WOW! Just do what the enclosed DVD says! Be careful-if done correctly? Serrated knives are real sharp. Straight edged?? Even razor sharp-Please B Careful!!Beautifully designed and compact!!An additional note: this sharpener has difficulty performing on partially serrated knives. Those are an altogether different story. It works with spyderco serrated knives pretty well but on partial serrateds that are not spyderco? Good luck! This works well on kabar combat knives but with italian stilletos? not too well. Those are strictly soft arkansas.Also, this does not work on pakistan steel. watch out for that.Cobratech partially serrated blades do not work with this although once you get to the straight edges, they become razor sharp. On US and Japanese steel.however-this works great-still 5 stars.

I have minimal sharpening experience and this makes it easy
Roman H. on Jan 24, 2019

This is a very simple solution to sharpening. It's a pretty notorious product and has been for quite some time and I've had my eye on it, considering it, for a very long time as well. Finally decided to pick one up for my Cold Steel Talwar, H&K Entourage Tanto and Benchmade Volli. Takes some time but if you're into stuff like this it isn't boring; plus it's pretty important that you keep your knives sharp. You could also easily listen to music or watch something on the computer while sharpening. The motions are very easy to adapt to. I have only really sharpened knives a little bit, using a Benchmade mini field sharpener (blades angled as a guide and slide it through, like a kitchen knife sharpener) and a Smith's Arkansas stone. It was no problem at all following the instructions and video guides to sharpen my knives. I didn't have any completely ruined edges to fix, just blades that were a bit dull. The sharpener has definitely done a great job of sharpening the blades (s30v, CTS XHP, 440C). I also like how it can be conveniently packed and stored in a small footprint case, which is also the base for the sharpener when you unpack everything. It will take some patience in the beginning to sort of "break in" the rods by running the blades across them. After that process is complete, the affects of sharpening are much more noticeable. Highly recommend for anyone who wants something relatively cheap and very simple to use.

Great sharpener
Anthony V. on Dec 18, 2017

Great sharpening kit, stores inside it's own shell and easy enough to teach almost anyone how to use.

Good so far!
Joel C. on Mar 20, 2019

It will get your blades back too super sharp if not sharper then the factory edge ! If your not ready for a KME sharpener I suggest picking up one of these for sure. I also bought the ultra fine stones and they are excellent. Thanks BHQ for all the credit card dept haha

Works Great
Andy S. on Oct 12, 2018

I own this and the Lansky rod system. This is great for touching up your factory edges back to razor sharp. Easy to use and comes in a nice storage system.

I actually enjoy sharpening now
Travis C. on Feb 25, 2019

This is a great little setup. It’s nice and compact. Plus (and it’s best quality) it works with ease and it’s pretty quick. It’s brought back a little “edge” to the hobby. Make sure you watch the enclosed video on dvd or catch it Youtube.

25 plus years
William d. on Aug 18, 2022

I have been using the triangle sharp-maker for almost 30 years and am on my second set of stones on it and i have sharpened everything with it i learned how to use it from one of the original Spyderco Reps Allen Blackard aka Cookie back in the mid 80s and have been using it ever since and love it !!!

I finally got my knives sharp
Viktor K. on Dec 8, 2019

I've tried different sharpeners without much success. I had such problems: - what exactly to do? - how to maintain the right angle? - how to know when the process is finished? Every one of these problems is solved by Spyderco Sharpmaker: - crisp and clear instructions in the booklet and video - both come with the sharpener - the device keeps the angle for you Additionally - almost no dirt (in comparison with the usage of plain stones), very compact format - great for storing. If you have a really dull blade - order extra stones: (Cubic Boron Nitride) 204CBN.

A dream
Jozef J. on Jul 24, 2019

I love to sharpen knives. It is relaxing to me and a pleasure. I am however still learning how to get them hair poppingly sharp and this takes the guess work out of it. I can get a blade razor sharp in no time at all. What makes this set up even better is the ability to hone those free hand skills as well as the ability to sharpen so much more. I do a lot of wood working and I sharpen all of my chisels on this thing it's so fun. Highly recommend.

Love this sharpening system
CHRIS L. on Nov 29, 2021

I've had this sharpening kit for approximately five to ten years. I love it and always recommend it to anyone needing a knife sharpener. It's idiot proof and works great.

Great For Sharpening, Not Setting Angles
Liam G. on Jan 7, 2018

Use this for knives that need to be slightly restored, and you will have the best system on the market. If you need specific angles beyond the 30 degree back bevel, and 40 degree edge, look at a different investment. However, for regular use, this is perfect and works stellar! Ultrafine stones make this an edge finisher.

Simple, Functional, and Enjoyable
Samuel T. on Jul 31, 2019

I have spent many evenings already getting my knives in tip top shape. It is enjoyable and it just works. Watch the dvd, read the instructions, and enjoy. When the SM arrives, consider the diamond rods and the ultrafine to really complete the setup!

Easy Money
Jared P. on Aug 10, 2019

The SM is incredibly easy to use and the included DVD explains the manual of use very clearly. I am definitely looking into getting the diamond rods.

Great product
Jeff T. on Jun 22, 2018

My eyes aren't as good as they used to be, so I decided to give this a try. The sharpener is great on its own, but the DVD and literature are extremely helpful. This will handle anything I have around the house: S30V, D2, 440C... It was just what I needed to get my knives good and sharp with minimal mess and effort.

Great for getting started in sharpening
Christopher T. on Mar 23, 2019

I purchased this set along with the optional extra fine stones and could not be happier. It's size and weight makes it easy to pack and take with me anywhere I go. The system itself is basically fool proof. I'm a beginner to manual sharpening and it had me producing some really nice edges on a lot of different knives and tools. Very happy with it and would recommend this to anyone looking into sharpening their own blades with a compact design (when everything is stowed).

Makes knives sharper
Doug N. on Oct 18, 2019

Whether we use knives for hunting, work, or flipping them open on the couch annoying our spouses while watching TV, there is a constant - we need them to be sharp. This, by far, is the best sharpener I've ever owned and has lived up to the hype. Easy to use, awesome instructional DVD (in a retro kind of way).

Great product
Ryan C. on Mar 4, 2019

This is an amazing product for putting a good edge on ANY knife that you have.

Great sharpener
joseph s. on Oct 12, 2018

This is the best sharpener i own.

Upgrade from Lanksy Turnbox
Ricardo A. on Jan 5, 2018

Better rods work better than the Lanksy turnbox, and gets crazy sharp edges on quality steels.

Best 30 seconds for your knife ever!
brandon W. on Dec 28, 2015

Sure there are some better knife sharpeners out there but all it takes is 30 seconds with this in anyone can put an sharp edge on their knives. 440 Sv30 s35vn D2 Lmax this beast will do it all. The best thing about it is the price I dare you to find a sharpener that can do the same for less.

jogn l. on Nov 18, 2016

Easy, affordable and sharpest my knives have ever been. Just gotta clean it once in awhile.

corey m. on Sep 2, 2015

I have an edge pro and typically finish with the 1000 grit stone. If I had to choose one sharpener this one by Spyderco would be it. It takes zero skill to get a knife shave sharp. It's so easy you half expect the knife to be dull when you're done because it must be a gimmick or something. Fast and sloppy or slow and careful it just doesn't seem to matter.

Great balance
Martin F. on Nov 8, 2017

Between price and capability this sharpening system is one of the best. Do not expect to be able to do major repair work with only stock stones. Do not expect a mirror edge either even with the UF stones. You’ll get close but still. Always be sure to mark your edge. Slight variations in angles can ruin the edge you worked on. Be sure to strip your blade to further hone the edge.

Simple perfection
Alex M. on Oct 13, 2018

Probably the easiest and simplest sharpening system I've ever used. In a very short time you can go from a dull knife to a shaving sharp edge.

Bought this from others advice
clif j. on May 18, 2018

My older brother has a much older version of this Spyderco sharpmaker. He has had it quite a while. I have several sharpeners, but this is my go to sharpener, along with a leather strop. It is portable and convenient and it keeps my work knives "work" sharp. Good value. Easy to get the hang of it.

Wade M. on Jan 21, 2018

Easy to keep in truck & easy learning curve, seems to be fine for s30v, s35v, & d2. I put alot of miles on a benchmade 710 blade has a recurve does great

Easy to use....but...
John s. on Mar 4, 2019

I gave this a four star rating instead of a five because I do agree that this thing is" fool proof", but if you have a really dull knife you will need something else to reshape first.

Tim C. on Sep 14, 2020

Easy to use it’s a nice size to take with you to camp grounds or anywhere sharped older knifes that I had made them feel new again

5-star sharpening system
Donald B. on Dec 31, 2017

I had a 20yr-old pair of crock sticks prior, so with that experience & this system's reputation, it was the obvious choice (and price wasn't bad). The DVD is a good starting point, but w/ a lot of practice, and a little extra research, you can do so much more. The included stones will take a dull edge & make it a strong utility edge, that may even pop a few arm hairs. The triangular shaped rods are also very handy on serrated and recurved blades. The extra-fine stones (separate purchase) will take many steels to a near mirror polish on a very sharp and durable edge. If you have a broken tip to repair, an abused edge, or freakishly hard super steel, you'll want the diamond rods (separate purchase) or else you'll spend hours just working the included medium stones. I'd give this 5 stars if it also came w/ the extra fine stones and diamond rods. IMO, its incomplete w/out those add'l purchases. That said, with those items, its a fairly comprehensive system, and is the only sharpener I trust on expensive mid-tech and custom knives.

Does what’s expected for the price
Eric W. on Feb 22, 2019

Don’t expect to reshape a blade. Good for daily touch ups.

Good, not great
Rudy V. on Jun 1, 2022

Does an excellent job on cheaper steels. Nearly useless on S30V and other super steels.

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