Hi, All: Since I've seen the topics broached on a couple other threads, I thought I'd bring up a couple questions that I haven't seen covered about the EP. Perhaps someone knowledgeable about the system has some insight. For starters, I have a bunch of knives that could benefit from better care - but 3 recent acquisitions that are deserving of special care that I'd rather not operate on until I'm more proficient with my sharpening skills: - Masamoto HC Deba 270mm - Misono Sweden Gyuto 270mm - Misono Sweden Petty 150mm I'm thinking of getting the Edge Pro Apex 5 - if it can do most of the things that freehand can do, the value there at $275 seems too good to pass up. It's expensive, but all things considered it seems like a good deal to me. I'd prefer to become better at freehand but I'm trying to be realistic about this as well: my days are so busy that I'm not sure I can take up yet another project that requires practice and do it particularly well. More than anything I'm thinking about performance - I just want a *sharp* knives. Not "kind of sharp" which is what my knives are now. My questions are: 1. Are there any practical blade length limitations with the EP Apex? I contacted the company and they said unequivocally, "No" but I'd also be interested in the opinion of someone who's used it and knows it well. I've only seen it being used on knives 240mm and under but I'm assuming it can handle 270mm blades just fine. 2. How does the EP handle single / asymmetrical bevels? Well? Poorly? Well with a lot of practice? The Masamoto has an asymmetric bevel. I see no reason why it shouldn't handle an asymmetric blades well but I thought it would be prudent to ask first. Any insight would be much appreciated! Thanks. +D.