Those pull through carbide "sharpeners" are horrible, like you say a crime against cutlery, "Scraaaaaaaaaaape", and then a horrible wavy, chewed up edge. Also people ruining their knives on bench grinders and such.

You are definitely right about people and their love for their tools. I only buy (or make) the best quality tools and treat them all with respect. I hadn't even considered that when I made my first post; I forgot that most people don't really care and consider everything, even their knives, as disposable and easily replaced.