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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #40 on: June 11, 2021, 06:46:31 PM »
Any tips on sharpening a serrated blade? I have a Leatherman Wave & Titanium that I use daily at work and the Titaniumís serrated blade is in need of a good sharpening.
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #41 on: June 11, 2021, 07:16:07 PM »
Work Sharp for me. For years I used an Edge Pro fixed angle. It works great but takes 10 times as long to re-profile a blade. With the Work Sharp, once you "learn" to use it is quick and gets my blades razor sharp. Need to be careful on tip or you will round them off.
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« Reply #42 on: June 11, 2021, 08:12:16 PM »
Knife A Holic here.  I started with cheap oil stones and then moved to better water stones.  Then Lansky came to visit my basement and I liked what it did, but I also picked up a few ceramic hones.  Next was the Edge Pro which put the Lansky into storage.  This was followed by picking up the knife tools for the Tormek, but I could never get the edge that I really wanted.  Then I started with Wicked Edge which is addictive.  The only problem with the Wicked Edge is when you have a small pocketknife, but there are work arounds for that. 
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #43 on: June 11, 2021, 09:21:32 PM »
Any tips on sharpening a serrated blade? I have a Leatherman Wave & Titanium that I use daily at work and the Titaniumís serrated blade is in need of a good sharpening.
Find a stone that matches the serrations. That's the only solution I have found. That is why I don't carry or use serrated blades (although all blades have tiny serrations).
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #44 on: June 11, 2021, 11:04:55 PM »
Any tips on sharpening a serrated blade? I have a Leatherman Wave & Titanium that I use daily at work and the Titaniumís serrated blade is in need of a good sharpening.


I have touched my serrated blades up with a very fine round pin file (rat tail file) ...
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #45 on: June 11, 2021, 11:11:10 PM »
For serrated edged knives where the serrations are more like scallops I use a piece of fine wet and dry paper, say 400 grit and run along the edge of the blade. That freshens the edge and you don't need a razer edge on them. For the really small saw tooth type ones -- nothing.
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« Reply #46 on: June 12, 2021, 09:35:34 AM »
Thanks for all the fine comments guys! I picked up a few new names to look into and some new ideas. Like anything,.. it is easy to make things more complicated than need be.
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #47 on: June 12, 2021, 07:29:05 PM »
I use both the Lansky and Work Sharp options, both work very well, for me.

Plus the Work Sharp in the slack belt options can be used for polishing (with the proper grit belt) trigger and sears parts etc............. ;)

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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #48 on: June 15, 2021, 12:40:18 AM »
A Work Sharp has given me absolutely the best results ever.
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« Reply #49 on: June 15, 2021, 09:25:27 PM »
Worksharp field sharpener! It has small ceramic rod for serrated blades.
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #50 on: June 16, 2021, 07:28:08 PM »
Lansky works great for me.  Regular kit works for most, but if you have a harder steel like ATS34 or 154CM you need the diamond coated version.
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #51 on: June 17, 2021, 03:35:01 PM »
Any tips on sharpening a serrated blade? I have a Leatherman Wave & Titanium that I use daily at work and the Titaniumís serrated blade is in need of a good sharpening.

This is what I use for serrated edges.
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #52 on: June 17, 2021, 04:00:44 PM »
Oil bath sharpening stones that butchers use and finish with a honing steel.  When you can shave the hair on your arm you are good to go :).  When I was a kid I sharpened knives for my Dad and Uncle in the butcher shop.
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« Reply #53 on: June 18, 2021, 05:13:29 AM »
Wicked Edge system it works wonders plus itís great for dummies pretty hard to screw up with it.
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #54 on: June 18, 2021, 08:58:33 AM »
I can get most knives and shaving sharp with a Spyderco Sharpmaker. Also good for scissors and trigger sears.
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #55 on: June 18, 2021, 11:50:03 AM »
Any tips on sharpening a serrated blade? I have a Leatherman Wave & Titanium that I use daily at work and the Titaniumís serrated blade is in need of a good sharpening.

At about 3 minutes in, he discusses sharpening serrated  (Walter Sorrels, Knifemaker)
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Re: Sharpening knives? What do you use?
« Reply #56 on: June 18, 2021, 10:30:59 PM »
Electric sharpener somewhat similar to this below but I'm not impressed with it or the hand held sharpener I have either as it takes a long time to get knives sharp with those. I've never thought about using oil with them. Never got into using stones. I need to up my sharpening game.
 



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« Reply #57 on: June 19, 2021, 12:45:49 AM »
I had one of those red handled pull through sharpeners from my grandmother,  and I threw it away.
I had a razor edge on my favorite 100 year old 6" butcher that had started to get a little dull, I decided to try this thing and it went from a little dull to completely dull in one pass so I just threw it away.
I'm sure it probably depends on the knife and blade steel.

My dad got one of those electric sharpeners when I was a kid, and he completely destroyed his pocket knife the first time he went to use it.
They can work and lots of commercial kitchens will use that kind of thing but they're not good for every type of knife and you have to be careful or you can ruin a knife.



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« Reply #58 on: June 19, 2021, 01:20:15 AM »
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.

In a pinch the semi rounded bottom of a ceramic coffee cup or mug will do for a good sharp edge if it doesn't require too much material removal.
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« Reply #59 on: June 19, 2021, 05:59:09 AM »
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.

In a pinch the semi rounded bottom of a ceramic coffee cup or mug will do for a good sharp edge if it doesn't require too much material removal.
I use the bottom edge of a mug all the time.
I also have around somewhere a large flat section of a broken toilet tank I use as a fine grit stone.
I have no clue what grit ut would be but it's pretty fine.
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