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Rumble – Knife Sharpeners – Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone VS Warthog V-Sharp Classic II

Jansie Blom
I reviewed the Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone and the Warthog V-Sharp Classic II. Who's the champ? Find out in this head-to-head clash.

The Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone kit goes toe to toe with the Warthog V-Sharp Classic II in a knife sharpening battle of note!

I reviewed the Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone and Warthog V-Sharp Classic II knife sharpeners.

Both of these are great knife sharpeners, but one is better. Which one is it?

Let’s take a look…

Ease of use

To use the Lansky Deluxe, you follow 17 steps. To use the Warthog Classic II, you follow three steps.

The Warthog is a plug-n-play sharpener. You remove it from the box and start sharpening. You don’t need to set up anything. You don’t need to lubricate anything.

The Lansky does not work like that. You have to connect guide rods to honing stones, clamp the knife in a guide and keep the honing stones lubricated.

The Warthog V-Sharp Classic II takes this round.


The Warthog works much faster at sharpening a blade, since it sharpens both sides of the edge at the same time.

The Lansky Deluxe cannot do that.

You sharpen one side of the knife, flip over the guide (attached to the knife) and sharpen the other side.

The Warthog V-Sharp Classic II takes this round.


When you sharpen a blade in the Warthog, the blade’s edge serves as a reference. Your sharpening angle remains the same, sharpening sessions after sharpening session.

If there is variation, it’s negligible.

When you sharpen a blade with the Lansky Deluxe, the blade’s spine serves as reference point. This means that, if you don’t secure the knife to the guide at the exact spot you tightened it to with your previous sharpening session, you’ll have to resharpen the knife completely.

The Warthog V-Sharp Classic II takes this round.


The Warthog Classic II can sharpen only smooth blades.

The Lansky Deluxe can sharpen serrated blades too.

But the Lansky Deluxe 5-Stone kit doesn’t come with a hone for serrated blades. It’s an add on.

The Warthog can’t sharpen chisel (single bevel) knives, while the Lansky Deluxe can.

The Lansky Deluxe takes this round.


Both sharpeners do a fine job of sharpening blades.

This round is a draw.

Final thoughts

The Lansky Deluxe 5-stone kit is great for sharpening knives.

It beats the Warthog at two things: it’s able to sharpen single bevel knives and serrated blades.


The Classic II is easier to use. It’s a plug-n-play knife sharpener. Remove it from the box and start sharpening your knives. There’s nothing to it.

The Classic II is quicker. It sharpens both sides of the knife at the same time.

The Classic II is more accurate. It uses the blade’s edge as a reference, while the Lansky Deluxe uses the blade’s spine.

The Classic II is cleaner. You don’t use oil while sharpening. There’s a bit of dust, but no grime.

The manual knife sharpening champion of the world is…

The Warthog V-Sharp Classic II!

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