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Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by DocHoliday, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. DocHoliday
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    Since I started collecting knives as a young teen I have always been fascinated by how to keep them sharp and functional. I have tried almost every technique under the sun and moon and still have yet to master or even take the training wheels off of freehand sharpening. I have grown rather fond and skilled as of late at using my lansky guided sharpening system to keep my knives edges crisp and mirrored. Just curious what everyone else's favorite methods and systems are.

    My method depends on the steel but for aus8 and comparable I use the standard lansky deluxe kit progression from extra course to ultra fine then the sapphire stone and 4 leather strop stones 3 with progressively finer compounds and one blank.
    For harder steels s30v and such I use the diamond stones in progression from extra course to fine then the medium, fine and ultra fine standard stones then sapphire and leather just like with the softer stuff. My edges usually end up able to easily shave my arm and very mirrored.


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  2. ArkansasFan30

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    I can't sharpen knives to save my life. I've tried for 30 years.
     
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    Strop or carpet. That's it.
     
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    The wife bought me Spyderco medium and fine stones for Christmas. They're great. I was beginning to get frustrated with Elmax but Spyderco says they'll sharpen any steel. I'm a believer. Other than that, I perform little to no maintenance on my knives.
     
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    I took a carving class a few years back and the master carver used the inside of old fire hose, which he passed out to everyone. I've been using that with compound on my knives and Swiss Made carving tools ever since.
     
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    Freehand on whatever stones make sense for the steel.
     
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    It turn my knives over to a professional when I need them sharpened. I typically do not have the time to do it myself. The pro can do a much better job than me so I don't waste my time attempting the task myself.
     
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    Don't use the "pro" the cooks at my part time job used. He literally ground off nearly a quarter of an inch!

    sent from your mamma's house
     
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    Butchers steel is my go to then belt strop, but on occasion I will freehand on a flat stone. I only every get my edges to user sharpness.
     
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    What's inside an old fire hose? Rubber membrane?
     
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    Actually, the whole thing is like very tightly woven Cordura throughout. I was surprised it wasn't smooth but it works very well and has barely worn down in many years. This piece I have is yellow.
     
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    Excuse my ignorance but how does carpet work? I am intrigued to say the least.

    I use a Lanky and just added the leather strop at Christmas.
     
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    I have carpet on my assembly table. One day I cleaned off a blade and was blown away with how sharp it was. Some kind of synthetic fibers or something. Same as a strop. I guess? You'll be surprised. :)

    My chisels were like new. I'm a believer. You don't even need a consistent angle.



    [​IMG]mumbo carpet strop by mumbojumboo, on Flickr
     
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    Most knives are sharp just need to be touched up. I like this idea and good grief, who has the sharpest knives.....a carver! :)
     
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    Wow impressive! I will have to find some carpet and give it a try. Thanks!
     
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    Once I d

    Once I ditched stones for all but the worst..... my knives got way sharper!!
     
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    So..do carpet knives need much sharpening?
     
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    I also use the Lansky system but strop with the piece of firehose. I will have to try a piece of carpet since we're getting new carpet soon anyway.
     
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    Stop into your friendly neighborhood carpeting/flooring store. See if they have any carpet samples or scrap they're tossing out. Used to be in the business!

    L'chaim!

    Moshe ben David
     
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    Carpet? Fire hose? I am intrigued. I think I have some carpet in the garage...

    I typically use one of them tiny grey Norton stones that can be found at any Home Depot or Lowes, plus the steel I have in the kitchen. I have a couple diamond field sharpeners (the pen shaped ones) when I need to remove a lot of material fast, but don't use them that often. I've been known to use the underside of a mug or ramekin, on occasion. I used to use a Sharpmaker when I was starting out, but haven't broken it out in a number of years, and have been meaning to sell it.