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Discussion in 'Knives' started by rlc5925, Jan 19, 2013.
Looking for suggestions on what works for you.
The unglazed ring on the bottom of coffee mugs is great. It's ceramic, puts on a great slicing edge, is available almost anywhere. The bottom of a plate will do the same if you have the unglazed ring. Top edge ofa car window works as a touch up. I do carry a small Eze-Lap model L with most of the red plastic handle cut off to sharpen up in the field if I need to. Small diamond hones are easy to carry. I keep the cut down model L in my wallet zip compartment with a P-38 can opener. If I'm home, I use an old gray 'carborundum' stone from the old days. I think it's almuminum oxide or something. It puts a good edge on, and I finish with a leather strop that gets it to hair shaving sharp. Although sometimes even at home, I'll use the coffee mug trick. I love the edge the ceramic puts on.
Lansky and a strop works well for me
I just started using the DMT diafolds. So far so good. I am trying freehand, but might invest in the manga guide for it to get a more precise edge.
That's my most used sharpening equipment. I also have a DMT Coarse benchstone that I might use on occasion, and I also use sandpaper strips when I want to polish up an edge a little bit.
I actually carry all of the stuff in that picture in my bag. It's light, doesn't take up much room, and allows me to pretty much reprofile a knife if necessary.
Just picked up the Spyderco Sharpmaker recently and got great results as a knife sharpening novice.
Usually just a Fallkniven DC4 stone followed by a ceramic 'steel' followed by the thigh of my jeans.
I also have a Spyderco Sharpmaker if I have to put some effort into it...
Edge pro for reprofiling, sharpmaker for light sharpening, and a strop for edge maintenance.
I have a light bulb out of some highway light that is about 5" long in my truck.
And I have and use a Klein Tools 44151 Pocket Steel at home.
Have other stuff like fine ceramic rod, somewhat coarse ceramic rod etc.
I rescued some leather from a broken recliner and need to make a strop. Just haven't gotten around to it.
Agree with bottom of mug and edge of glass!!!
My finely tuned Lansky system, and a strop from Knivesplus. If I really feel like freehand, I have a very old set of excellent quality Arkansas stones. A waa, a hard, and a beautiful black hard. I've had those stones way over 30 years.
edit: for some reason, the name of the softest stone is being censored! I'll try it this way:
W a s h i t a
Wicked Edge for clients. Japanese waterstones when I feel like it.
Combo (1000/8000) Japanese waterstone. I'm still learning, but can get most shaving sharp without tooth trouble.
Traditional combo whetstone then a 1200 grit dmt diamond stone then a spydrco ultra fine ceramic stone.
Glad to see that I'm not the only coffee mug fan here. Did ya ever notice there's some mugs that are better than others? All my mugs are pretty good, and will get a dull knife to shave, but I've got this one mug from Starbucks, and it must have a finer ceramic. I hone my knife on it, and the edge gets so scary sharp that if I wave it in the direction of my left forearm, the hairs jump off all by themselves rather than stay and face that blade. Starbucks has great clay I guess.
Japanese water stones, sandpaper/mousepad/strop, ceramic rod, Sharpmaker - depends.
Medium grit waterstone for wharncliffes, sharpmaker for everything else.
Traditional combo whetstone, then a superfine Arkansas, finish on a leather belt.
Stones (Waterstones, Diamond, Ceramic), Strops (loaded & unloaded), Wet/Dry sandpaper and Belt sanders (WorkSharp, 1x30, 1x42). I have several guided systems but I mostly do freehand sharpening on stones, strops, wet/dry sandpaper and belt sanders.