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Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« on: June 10, 2021, 03:52:22 PM »
There was a knife thread awhile back. Many fine collections shown. But,... what do you use to put a keen edge on one? I am not dumb on the subject, but at the same time have nothing that I would consider to be a "system",... like Lansky, Work Sharp, etc.. Have done some research and watched some You-Tube stuff.

Yes, there is stones. That is a skill. To me, maintaining a constant angle is important. That is where some of the guided systems win out,.. in my opinion. Rods, motorized wheels/belts. Stropping on a leather belt, etc..

Ain't nuttin worse than a dull everyday carry or hunting knife. So,... what ya' all use?
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2021, 03:58:32 PM »
I use a simple 2 step pocket sharpener for quick fix n maintaining

To get a razor sharp, cut you just by looking at it, I use a gritted wheel and paper wheel with a polishing compound on a bench grinder.
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2021, 04:03:48 PM »
I have a lot of knives. This Smith’s pull thru is what use most. I make sure my knives are sharp almost daily, what I’m carrying that day at least. https://smithsproducts.com/50090
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2021, 04:06:44 PM »
I sharpen most of my knives with a Lansky system. Finish with a good stropping with jewelers rouge. I strop my knives frequently during/after use and sharpen only when necessary due to damage, stupidity. Knives are not screwdrivers, knives are not hammers, knives shouldn't be used to jump starter solenoids... ???
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #4 on: June 10, 2021, 04:25:07 PM »
For years I've used a Smith's Diamond Combination Sharpener. Model # DCS4

Before that with a series of oil stones. My grandfather taught me to sharpen knives when I was  13 years old.

I usually finish with a leather strop.

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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #5 on: June 10, 2021, 04:34:30 PM »
For years I've used a Smith's Diamond Combination Sharpener. Model # DCS4

Dan,

I have a multitude of like devices. I like to use them like a file and push the "file" into the blade,... like you would be with a stone. I feel the control factor is much greater that way. If you can vice the knife, all the better.  I have diamond versions of flat and round. Worn out ones are good for a "finer" finish.

And yes, I failed to mention pull throughs in my opening question. I have several. And yes,.. steel type matters.

Good comments so far. Thanks all.
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #6 on: June 10, 2021, 04:46:08 PM »
Lansky.  Utility knives at 20°,  carving, skinning, and fillet knives 30° then 20° for a double angle edge.
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #7 on: June 10, 2021, 05:01:45 PM »
I use a double-sided stone; with a coarse and fine grit-then hone the edge with a ceramic triangle that came out of a vibratory tumbler... A trick that I learned just recently (though have applied to other things; just never thought of it in this fashion) is to paint the original bevel with a Sharpie... Makes it a lot easier to see if you are matching the angle correctly; and have stoned the whole edge. I then hone it with the ceramic triangle afterwards; and would strop it after that if I had one... This gets a knife that IME has been harder to get a good edge on than my other blades to just barely shaving hair...
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #8 on: June 10, 2021, 05:29:01 PM »
A lansky sharpening kit.  Small enough to pack with about anywhere
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« Reply #9 on: June 10, 2021, 05:29:08 PM »
Another of my pleasures; sharpening and using good knives and making them.
I use a grinder to shape then aluminium oxide paper mounted on a face plate in a lathe or sometimes a drum to do the initial sharpening then a double sided oil stone. Often I use a very fine diamond grit stone to finish the edge. All hand held, no guides. Then strop them on my palm to remove any residual feather edge.
I also have another stone that I got from my farther. I use that to hone wood carving chisels or a knife to extraordinarily sharp.
I think it might be a naturally occurring oil impregnated stone. The name Arkansas comes to mind and I have an unfounded thought that it came from the USA. whatever the stone is.
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #10 on: June 10, 2021, 06:04:11 PM »
Wicked Edge 3 system since I can't sharpen free hand to save my life. Depending on the knife, maintenance sharpening or changing edge to a more acute angle, I have the stone sets from 50 grit to 3000 grit. I also have the diamond lapping film to 0.20 microns for that super nice mirror edge (not really practical, but boy! it sure looks nice). I have the strops but haven't really used them because I still use the ones I made years ago.

This is my usual stop point for sharpness when I'm short on time.
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« Reply #11 on: June 10, 2021, 06:20:24 PM »
I'm no close to a sharpening expert, but I can put a sharp working edge on all my blades with this ceramic sharpening rod. It's a beast! Nearly 10" long, and 1" diameter. This is only for maintaining a good edge, not for repairing a dull/bad edge.
After running the blade over the rod, I finish up with a leather strop polish.

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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #12 on: June 10, 2021, 06:28:26 PM »
Depends on the knife. Most I use a Lansky with diamond stones. But for knives that don’t have a ground edge, a leather strop.
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« Reply #13 on: June 10, 2021, 06:50:50 PM »
 just stones a steel and a strop with compound, but I am looking into getting a truly adjustable guided manual system for fixing / reprofiling edges.

The issue is finding one that works well with traditional knives, namely one of my favorite models like the little Buck 305 lancer.


I have been receiving/ gathering lots of good info and will make my decision before too long.

I can generally freehand a pretty decent edge, but it's the fixing of an uneven edge that requires something different.

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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #14 on: June 10, 2021, 06:54:09 PM »
The "painting" of the edge with a Sharpie marker is a good tip too,.... as Jury Rigger mentioned. Saw that on You-Tube in my research. Works nice to find an unknown angle with a variable angle system,...or just to see what you are doing free hand.

"Seeing" on the other hand is a challenge. I can see some good/better light and a big magnifier in my future.  :-\

Kind of like a premium scope I suppose.
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #15 on: June 10, 2021, 07:04:07 PM »
Btw I will never touch anything but machetes and bench knives with a pull through sharpener.

Fixed angle, scrape off too much steel, leave a rough toothy edge, easy to run a deep gouge along the blade ...ect.

They're quick, dirty, and great for machetes and beater work bench blades, but not my pocket knives and belt knives.
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« Reply #16 on: June 10, 2021, 07:10:38 PM »
I use everything from pocket stones to a Tormek T-8 system for sharpening. Most of my knives (especially kitchen knives) get touched up periodically with the Tormek. In my opinion there are fewer tools more dangerous than a less than sharp knife. About the only exception to razor sharp is my electrician's knife which I allow to be somewhat dull, so I can strip wire when I'm in a hurry without nicking the copper wire. It's the way I was taught year's ago, so I let that knife be dull, and it's the only thing I use it to do.
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #17 on: June 10, 2021, 07:12:30 PM »
Btw I will never touch anything but machetes and bench knives with a pull through sharpener.

Fixed angle, scrape off too much steel, leave a rough toothy edge, easy to run a deep gouge along the blade ...ect.

They're quick, dirty, and great for machetes and beater work bench blades, but not my pocket knives and belt knives.

That is 100% my experience also. Though,... some like a "toothed edge". Fixed is not good in my book. Not to go off track,... but I have found ceramic kitchen knives to be awesome overall. I have a Chef's knife and a smaller one (actually 2 small) and are often my go-to knives. They are quite reasonably priced now. 100% recommend a try!!
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #18 on: June 10, 2021, 08:06:20 PM »
 I'm very old school I se what is handy like a nice rock, edge of a car window glass, wire wheel on a bench grinder, OK I have very cheap ED knives. My slightly better stuff rarely gets used so a properly aligned few swipes on a flat stone with oil now and then after use.
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