When I first got it and started sharpening I got good sharp edges but nothing spectacular. I kept at it and I guess the stones got "broke in" because all of a sudden I got an edge that looked like a mirror! I now get this finish on every knife I do, and it's sweet! Strider SnG: Damascus Bowie (took 3 hours): Bowie I made (it's my avatar): I am really, really happy I got the WE system! I got the Pro Pack and extra balsa strops and the 1200/1600 stones. Once you finish at 1600 and strop down to 3.5 microns you have a shiny edge! If you've been on the fence about what to get I'd take advantage of the sale shotgunner is having.