I also just picked up the basic Lansky set last weekend. Tried it on some kitchen knives I have at home, and I was fairly pleased with the results. I think I can get a better edge with a bit more practice. I did find this video on youtube that has some interesting tips and tricks on how to use it. This guy makes some nice knives, and he uses it to put an edge on his knives. Personally, I want to be able to use stones free hand one day, but for now this is a great tool for the cost, in my opinion.