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Robert Sorby ProEdge Deluxe Sharpening System

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The Sorby ProEdge Deluxe does just what its name implies - puts a consistent, professional-quality edge on almost any hand tool, whether a turning tool, chisel, plane blade or knife. And don't be fooled by its compact size - weighing in at over 30 lbs, with a 1/4" steel plate, this is a true industrial-quality sharpener. The patented angle setter ensures that the most popular bevel angles can be set time after time, and the thick steel backing plate ensures a dead flat sharpening surface. The abrasive belts can be quickly changed for anything from rough sharpening to fine honing, and because the grit can be chosen for the quickest possible sharpening, there is far less risk of overheating your tools and damaging the steel. The ProEdge Deluxe includes a skew jig, a gouge jig, fingernail profiler and three different belts. Fixed detents for the most popular bevel angles: 90°, 80°, 60°, 45°, 35°, 30°, 25°, 20°, 15°.

  • User can easily bypass the presets and set a custom angle
  • Sharpening is extremely rapid, so there is no fear of over-heating and consequently damaging your tools
  • Sharpening surface can be easily tilted back at any angle for maximum user comfort
  • No complex assembly required; the ProEdge is ready to use right out of the box
  • The ProEdge is a compact, well-engineered unit that can be located anywhere in the workshop
  • Use ProEdge aluminum oxide sharpening belts for bench and carving chisels, knives and plane irons
  • Use ProEdge zirconium sharpening belts for HSS turning tools, drill bits and router bits
  • Use ProEdge ceramic sharpening belts for rapid, heavy-duty sharpening

To make sharpening even more accurate, the ProEdge Deluxe includes these accessories:
  • A skew jig to give the correct presentation angle for turners' skew chisels.
  • A gouge jig in the format of a V-block to prevent pivoting when sharpening a turners' gouge. This also works as a square jig for presenting square tools at 90 degrees to the sharpening belt.
  • A fingernail profiler to create swept back wings on a turners' gouge.

(1) ProEdge Deluxe Sharpening Unit (PED01)
(1) Skew Chisel Jig
(1) Standard Gouge Jig
(1) Fingernail Gouge Profiler
(1) 60 Grit Zirconium Sharpening Belt
(1) 120 Grit Aluminum Oxide Sharpening Belt
(1) 240 Grit Aluminum Oxide Sharpening Belt

The Robert Sorby ProEdge has been built to the highest specifications.
Its supreme build quality is second to none which is why we are confident in offering all our customers this five year guarantee. This warranty covers material and manufacturing defects but not the wear and tear expected from intended usage. The guarantee does not cover damage incurred through improper usage or user negligence.
The motor and bearings are covered for a period of two years. The backplate (patten) on the machine is not covered by the guarantee as this is a sacrificial part of the machine and will wear naturally with use. It is available as an inexpensive and easy to install replacement part.
This warranty period is reduced from five to three years for customers using the ProEdge for professional purposes — including demonstration and educational practices. The motor for such users has a warranty for one year.
Please retain your receipt as proof of purchase.

More Information
Brand Robert Sorby
Manufacturer Part Number WPED01C
Weight 33.1500
Tech Spec
  • 1/2 hp (375w) motor
4.8 / 5.0
24 Reviews
5 Stars
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1 Star
Works excellent
May 11, 2019
6 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Better than expected
Decided to spend the money on this because of previous reviews, and was not disappointed at all. The first one I received was defective, belt assembly dramatically canted to one side, making the belt drive into the motor housing and no good way to make an adjustment. But a call to Rockler was all it took. No questions asked, replaced with a brand new system, that performs better than I ever expected.
April 26, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Great tool. Well worth the investment
Bought a 8 pc set of Robert Sorby turning tools and decided to get the pro edge so I could keep them in like new condition. Well I also have several turning sets that were used that I picked up at yard sales and flea markets. Most were completely out of profile and no edge what so ever. So what the heck. Let’s see what I can do here. It’s amazing how the pro edge brought life back to these old gouges.
April 6, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Best thing since a pocket on a shirt!
I don’t normally write reviews but this machine is awesome! My wife and I each have a set of turning tools and I was able to reprofile both sets with fantastic results. I had been using the “One Way” jig but having to “eyeball” the angle didn’t result in repeatable results. Found out that the cheaper tools we have were not at the proper angle to start with, this unit insures the proper angle. I had given up trying to sharpen our oval skew because it was just getting more messed up. Now it is razor sharp and ground to the proper angle. I was able, very easily, to change our spindle gouges from the standard profile to the fingernail grind with no problem. Be sure to purchase the “pro-set” gauge, doesn’t come with this unit, if you want to do the fingernail grind, otherwise you will have to “eyeball” it. Order “several” 60 grit belts if you are going to reprofile some tools. The ceramic belts last longer. I love this machine wish I had got it instead of a low speed grinder and OneWay jig to start with.
April 5, 2019
7 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
A must have.
June 16, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
May 16, 2018
1 year ago
Good tool. It’s a shame Rockler doesn’t stock all accessories that are available for this wonderful machine.
Very well made and easy to use. Grinding my lathe gouges has never been easier.
May 10, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
You need this now!!
I am so glad I purchased this. It is very easy to use and I couldn’t be happier with the results. My tools have never been so sharp. Buy it , you won’t regret it.
January 29, 2018
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Robert Sorby ProEdge Plus
I was not sure which sharpening system to buy for my turning tools. The staff at Rockler gave me some good advice and I chose the Sorby system for its easy of use. Brought it home, took it out of the box and I was ready to sharpen tools in just a few minutes. It is very easy to use and worked on all my tools with the attachments included with the unit. I highly recommend it.
December 3, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
Excellent sharpener
This is a fantastic and very easy piece of equipment to use! Wish I had gotten it years ago!
October 3, 2017
over 2 years ago
Woodworking Experience:
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Why did you choose this?
Rockler Store
It seems this system is just as good as the tormek system and at half the cost.
R O on May 31, 2019
from the reviews
Debbie S on Mar 27, 2019
It seems this system is just as good as the tormek system and at half the cost.
R O on May 31, 2019
I want consistant sharpening , but also would like to be able to do custom sharpening
Bruce S on May 10, 2019
from the reviews
Debbie S on Mar 27, 2019
Price, reviews, YouTube videos of sharpening system in action.
Connman on Mar 26, 2019
Sorby is a quality name, the reviews were at the top with 5 stars, and of course the sale price helped !
Deno on Mar 22, 2019
Highly recommended by my teacher
RUTH W on Mar 21, 2019
I just bought a new set of Sorby turning tools and want a sharpening system that is consistent and easy to use. Good reviews
Wayne A on Mar 16, 2019
needed a reliable repeatable system for sharpening my woodworking tools.
George N. Shaw J on Dec 28, 2018
Sharpen turning tools
LOREN A on Nov 11, 2018
Want a quick and easy way to sharpen lathe chisels with quick and easy angle adjustments.
Kenneth W on Mar 25, 2018
Have had several outstanding recommendations from friends who have used this system.
Dan H on Mar 25, 2018
Seemed like the most versatile product for sharpening all types of woodworking tools, especially lathe tools.
Jeff B on Mar 22, 2018
easy to use
ki h on Mar 22, 2018
I am always trying to get the best edges on my tools quickly.
Scott R on Mar 4, 2018
After thorough review of all the many different sharpening systems I selected this item based on my experience with Sorby products that I own and the thorough reviews of this sharpening system I viewed on the Rockler website.
Rod A on Mar 3, 2018
Need to sharpen lathe tools. This system gets very good reviews. I like the fact that a lot of people that own it, comment on how well it is made and how easy and well it actually works. I like the fact that I won't need to buy a lot of adapters, that other systems require and also the replacement belts are not excessively expensive.
Kenneth B on Jan 7, 2018
I have a Robert Sorby oval skew chisel that I do all of my pen blank turning with and I have not found a satisfactory way of sharpening it with any other sharpening system except the Pro-Edge sharpening system
DuWayne M on Oct 31, 2015
Best reviews, good YouTube demo.
Mike R on Jul 5, 2015
I exclusively use Sorby chisels and gouges, and I care about maintaining their edge. This is expensive, but seems very versatile and not much more than a few quality stones and a diamond board to keep them flat. I prefer the electric option.
Matt H on May 18, 2015
This is a great tool, easy to use and works with many different tools.
Duane B on May 18, 2015
I want consistant sharpening , but also would like to be able to do custom sharpening
Bruce S on May 10, 2019
Price, reviews, YouTube videos of sharpening system in action.
Connman on Mar 26, 2019
can I sharpen lawnmower blades with this machine?
tim t on Oct 1, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely!!
Can you reverse the direction of the motor?
Leonard T on May 30, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, the motor does not reverse and it is important that the belts are installed the right direction.
GENE S on Mar 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Gene, I have used aluminum oxide, zirconium, and ceramic and for the extra cost I prefer ceramic.
Thinking about buying this sharpener but need to know if it will sharpen small carving knives? This is what I would be using it for is all my carving tools would this be a good choice for me?
jim s on Mar 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes, with the right jig. Rockler has them in stock.
It seems most of not all are using this machine for turning tools. Has anyone used it to sharpen chisels and plane irons?
Keith P on Mar 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The short answer is YES. I just sharpened a new plane iron on Saturday 3/16/19. The machine work GREAT it is so on the money that you can not believe it. I wish it was on sale when I bought mine. It was still worth the $ 100.00+ dollars more that I paid for it. Made the money back more than once by helping others get their tools sharp. You will never regret this purchase. Well maybe you will find all kinds of family members that will want you to sharpen their items just take up time.
Can this unit be used to sharpen machine tool bits, such as used in a mill or metal lathe?
Paul L on Mar 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, absolutely, if you are talking about sharpening high speed steel tooling. No, if you are thinking of carbides. I would rough out the general shape of the tool on a bench grinder and then move over to the Sorby to finish off rake and side relief angles and put sharp edges at the corners of adjacent faces. You'll get a much smoother, more refined surface with the available belts for the Sorby which should result in less heat buildup and longer wear. I do not think that this would be a viable way of sharpening milling cutters like slot or keyway cutters or face end mills. Those all require special jigs and holders that would be difficult to adapt to the Sorby. But, for any kind of single-point HSS tooling it will work fine.
Is a knife sharpening jig available for this?
Jon F on Mar 29, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they have a small knife and a large knife jig.
I own a number of router bits with both 1/4" and 1/2" shafts. I currently have no really good way of sharpening them. The Sorby ProEdge ads mention router bits but provide no information on how. Will this pricy tool sharpen router bits and drill bits? Show me how. Can Rockler stores answer my questions?
William B on Jan 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: While I have not personally tried to sharpen router or drill bits on my Sorby ProEdge, I don't see any reason that could not be accomplished. It does a Great job on my kitchen knives and my lathe tools and chisels. It would just be a matter of getting the bits at the proper angle and making a jig to safely hold them due to their small size.
How does this sharpening system compare with the Rikon 8 in slow grind - wolverine jig system?
Mike W on Mar 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I compared prices between the Sorby system and the Rikon slow grinder, once I upgraded the sharpening wheels the system would cost me almost as much as the Sorby. The real benefit is the ease is setup making the sharpening process faster and I feel more accurate. The setting are located on the machine itself once you have the setting set for the proper angle the Sorby sytem will give you the right angle everytime. I am glad I upgraded instead of buying the Rikon grinder and wolverine system.
Is this a common belt size or are all the belts that will fit a proprietary thing? It looks to be about 2"X42" is that right?
Cameron W on May 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The belts are proprietary to this machine and their quality is better than any after market belt.
diameter of shaft that holds the fingernail jig on the body of the pro-edge machine?
Bernard W on May 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The diameter of the “fingernail boss bar” that is attached to the body of the ProEdge is 12.5 mm. The diameter of the shaft on the fingernail jig is 12 mm.
Is the belt at least 2" wide. In other words will it sharpen the full width of a large plane iron?
Craig on Mar 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: it is just about 2 inches but you also have the ability to move it back and forth if your tool is wider...
Will it sharpen 13” planer blades?
Jered C on Mar 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Perhaps, however you would need a jig (likely created by you), in order to hold the blade perfectly flat and at the correct pitch / angle .This theoretical jig would also need to slide horizontally from side to side while maintaining all of the above. A Torek will do the job,slowly. You can purchase the single use sharpening device at or around $USD 300.00. Remember,that nearly all planer blades have Titanium Carbide as the cutting edge...very tough material.
i see where you sell belts for this system how about other accessories such as different jigs?
matt m on Mar 13, 2019
How do you sharpen small carving tools ?
Mark O on Oct 26, 2017
Hi, is it possible to Sharpen consistently large butcher knives 12"- 14" inches?
glenn c on Jul 19, 2017
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