Standard 3-Stone System



Standard Controlled-Angle Sharpening System

The Lansky Controlled-Angle Sharpening System is a guided knife sharpening system that ensures  your knife gets sharpened to the exact bevel you specify every time. This system is designed to give your blade a professional, razor sharp edge regardless of your sharpening ability. Excellent for beginners and advanced users alike. The original and legendary Controlled-Angle System is the ultimate in Knife Sharpening technology. 

The Lansky Controlled-Angle Sharpening System allows the user to select the sharpening angles that are best suited for their knife's intended use. The four sharpening angles and their uses are listed below:

17° Angle - A severe angle recommended for razor blades, fillet knives or similar tools. An extremely sharp but delicate edge.

20° Angle - A commonly used angle for higher quality blades and provides an excellent edge for kitchen cutlery and slicing knives.

25° Angle - The recommended angle for most knives that need a durable, sharp edge. Ideal for hunting and outdoor knives.

30° Angle - An outstanding angle for knives that cut cardboard, rope or carpets. Best for heavy duty use.



The knife clamp included in the system holds the knife steady, and holds the angle guide static and firm, so that the user can achieve the desired angle with every stroke of the sharpener. The Coarse to Fine hones provide a good range of grits for edge care and maintenance. The USA made Lansky system is perfect for outdoor sporting, kitchen or workshop knives, and offers the widest range of accessories available. In production for over 35 years, the Lansky Sharpening System has been the most preferred, and best sharpening system for DIY and cutlery enthusiasts worldwide. 

The Lansky Standard 3-stone Controlled-Angle Sharpening System features:

  • Coarse Red Hone:  (120 grit) for edge reconditioning
  • Medium Green Hone:  (280 grit) for sharpening and less frequent touch-ups
  • Fine Blue Hone:  (600 grit) for most frequent touch-ups to keep your blade paper-slicing sharp
  • Honing Oil:  Specially Formulated for sharpening
  • Easy to use, multi-angle clamp:  to hold the blade securely
  • Guide Rods:  One for every hone

All Lansky knife sharpening systems also include:

  • Extra long knife clamp screws for thicker blades
  • Storage/carrying case to hold all system components
  • Complete easy-to-follow multi-lingual instructions


Additional Kit Configurations

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Feb 21st, 2014
I picked up this kit at a local store recently to try out the lansky brand. I find it to work well. the system works on small to mid size knives very well. however larger knives present a problem. With a larger knife the clamping system tends to let the knife slide out, but a piece of rubber or material could be used to prevent this and would just insure no scraps on your knife anyway. Also with larger knives you need to sharpen one part of the knife and then reclamp it and sharpen the other section. another design issue with the Lansky system is the red thumb screw if you are trying to sharpen a knife using the 17 degree guide the thumb screw can get in the way even more so if you are using a thin narrow blade. overall I give this system a 4 star rating. works great and its issues can be overcome with a little forthough. i would recomend picking up an extra course stone if your knives have not been sharpend in the last 2 years. It will just save you some time.
Mike Yeager
Feb 21st, 2014
I remember growing up having one of these kits, it was awsome! I started culinary school in January and couldn't find my kit after driving truck for the last 17 years. I went to a local sporting goods store and bought this kit. I'm so frustrated with it I'm debating on throwing it in the trash! I love the concept but the "bracket" that lines your knife up keeps falling off no matter how tight I try and get it. I dont remember that happening with the old kit I had. NOT IMPRESSED!
Feb 21st, 2014
I used to have one of these excellent sharpening kits. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of lending it to somebody else, and I told them to treat it with respect, as if it was their own. They did treat it with respect and he did treat it as his own.

He never returned it.

Unfortunately, my financial situation prevents me from getting another.

Someday, I will buy one again!!

I just hope that my wife will remain well enough for me to do it.

Bill sends.
Feb 26th, 2014
Via KifeCenter:

Easy to use

Really simplifies the tedious task of sharpening your blade. A very simple system that ensures that you maintain the necessary angle throughout the sharpening process. Leaves the blade scary sharp.
Apr 10th, 2015
Good place to start if you are on a budget. I bought this kit last summer and have used it on several different knives and steel types, mine and for others. I have added the 1000 grit ultra fine, the Super Sapphire and the stropping hones and the stand. Probably gonna by another box and set up to do serrations. If you can afford to do it now, get one of the bigger kits to start with. I would have if I would have known to. HOWEVER, if you don't insist on a mirror polished edge and sharp suits your fancy, this will do that. Be forewarned though. Sharp can become an obsession and you might just end up accessorizing, like well umm I did / am.
Nov 6th, 2015
Purchased my Lansky kit in Kuait in 97. It has been an invaluable tool since. Love the kit. I am slightly disappointed because the adhesive on the fine stone gave out today and it broke when the stone fell in the floor. Can Americans not make products that last 20 years anymore? Sarcasm intended. Great product for any price. It has lasted through active duty deployed Marine and into 15 years of aviation mechanic use. I use my knives on a daily basis and my Lansky keeps them all sharp and effective with minimum time and effort. 5 stars for cost, effectiveness and ease of use.
Jan 5th, 2016
I have a lansky 3 stone set once your done sharpening your knife what is the best way to store them?


Hi Brian,

There are several ways people store knives: knife kits, racks, or on magnetized holders are a few.

For a DIY approach, check out this post from our blog archive:

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Sharpening Kit Instructional Video



How to sharpen a blade using your Lansky kit 

These instructions are designed to acquaint you with the sharpening process.

For kit assembly and clamp usage instructions, please consult the informational booklet included with each kit, or visit to download a new copy.


Getting Started:

    If blade is 7” or less in length:

  • Position the clamp in the middle of the blade.
  • After sharpening, flip the clamp (and blade) over and repeat the sharpening process on the unsharpened side.

    If blade is greater than 7” in length:

  • Pick the end of the blade where you would like to start sharpening and place the clamp two finger widths away from that end of the blade.  (For example, if you choose the tip, place the clamp 2 finger widths from away the tip.) 
  • When you have the blade secured in the clamp, place your 2 fingers along both sides of the knife clamp.  The area covered by your fingers (on both sides of the clamp) is your target sharpening zone.  Try not to sharpen outside this zone, as this will change the angle of the hone and result in a poorly sharpened blade.
  • Sharpen your target zone, and with the knife still secured in the clamp, flip the clamp (and knife) over and repeat this process on the other side of the blade. 
  • When you are finished with the first zone on both sides of the blade, measure another two-finger width starting at the edge of your freshly-sharpened area, and place the clamp next to your fingers. 
  • Sharpen this new target zone as you did the first, roughly using the same number of sharpening strokes. 
  • Your use of this method will minimize gaps and overlaps between your target zones, helping to ensure a continuous sharp edge when you are finished.

Hone selection:

  • Always progress through the hones in order of decreasing coarseness—that is, start with a coarser hone and work your way down to the finest.
  • The hone you begin with will vary depending on what type of sharpening you want to do.
    • For aggressive sharpening tasks, such as changing the angle of a blade or sharpening a very dull edge, begin with the coarsest hone in your kit (coarse or extra-coarse), and then progress through medium, fine, etc.
    • For lighter-duty sharpening jobs, like angle maintenance or general “touch-up” work, begin with the medium hone.

Sharpening Strokes:

  • For best results, your strokes should move diagonally forward (towards the guide hole in the clamp) and along a small section of the blade, using the full length of the hone with each stroke.
  • In the diagram at right, for instance, the first stroke would be from point A to point B.  The hone would then be lifted and placed at point C, where the second stroke would begin.  


  • Always sharpen into the blade!  (Do NOT sharpen along the length of the blade, or away from the blade, as these could damage both the blade and your hone).
  • It is important that you use approximately the same amount of strokes for each target sharpening zone, as this will help ensure a uniformly sharpened blade.

Oil Usage:

  • Arkansas hones: When using these, apply a few drops of the honing oil provided to the surface of the stone before sharpening. Keep Arkansas stones oiled as you work.
  • Standard hones (Alumina Oxide): Do not require oiling however you will note as you sharpen, that the stones will begin to move more smoothly. This indicates pores of the stones may be clogging with filings, which reduces the effectiveness of the stone. Clean by putting a few drops of oil on the hone. The oil will lift the metal shavings off the stone’s surface where they can be wiped away with a rag. 
  • Diamond hones: Do not apply oil to the Lansky Diamond hones: clean diamond hones instead with water and wipe shavings away with a rag. Diamond hones should be completely dry before next usage.


  • When using the coarse hone, apply a generous amount of pressure.  As you move to the medium and fine hones, use less pressure. 

Finishing Up:

  • If when you have finished, the edge is still not as sharp as you would like, continue polishing the blade with your fine hone. 
  • If you have a single-sided or serrated blade, drag your fine hone down the length of the non-sharpened side a few times to clean off any stray metallic burrs that may have accumulated during sharpening.

Be Smart, Be Safe and Stay an Edge Above the Rest!

CAUTION: Knife sharpening is an inherently dangerous activity. Used properly this sharpening system cannot hurt you but a carelessly handled blade or pointed object can.

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