Kent, you've found the best manual sharpening device on the market IMO. As a carpenter and a hunter I've been sharpening cutting tools for quite awhile. Like you, I started with Arkansas stones in my early days but bought a Sharpmaker when they first came out. I really like that tool. Used it to sharpen just about every smooth (and serrated) edge I can find and over the years it has proved invaluable in the field, butchering game animals. A razor edge (with good steel) is easy to obtain with the white (fine) ceramics. It sounds like you're well versed in knife care and I've yet to find/hear of a better way to maintain kitchen knives. The Sharpmaker's design/function solves the angle problem and it's so easy and quick to touch up an edge. I've bought them for Christmas presents and most of my family owns/uses them. If a husband wanted to score some good points/kitchen passes he should get a Sharpmaker and keep the knives and scissors around the house sharp. Could be a good way to up your home cred.