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How do you sharpen?

Discussion in 'Knives' started by Water-Rat, Mar 22, 2014.

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How do you sharpen your knives?

  1. Sharpening Stone

    57 vote(s)
    41.6%
  2. Pull-through sharpener

    10 vote(s)
    7.3%
  3. Clamp system (Lansky)

    30 vote(s)
    21.9%
  4. Stones at a set angle (Sharpmaker)

    51 vote(s)
    37.2%
  5. Electric Sharpener

    6 vote(s)
    4.4%
  6. pocket sized stone or rod

    18 vote(s)
    13.1%
  7. Ask or pay someone to sharpen for you

    3 vote(s)
    2.2%
  8. Other

    31 vote(s)
    22.6%
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  1. Ace Krampus

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    Growing up, I had a series of pull through sharpeners, and I would use the fine/ceramic side, totally ignoring the carbide mangler side, and that did a job. Relatively recently I snagged a Smith's diamond sharpener that I paid $15 bones for. Took a while to figure out what the hell I was doing but the results have been extraordinary.
     
  2. ghuns

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    I am a toolmaker by trade. Give me a handful of stones and I can fit a square peg into a round hole. I have always sharpened my own knives, but recently bought a ZT 0300 that was sent to guy and sharpened using the Wicked Edge sharpener. He charges $10 for up to 5 inch blades and for another $5, will mirror polish the edge. The ZT that he sharpened will cleanly slice toilet paper. That's something I have never been able to do with my collection of Arkansas stones.
     
  3. neginfluence04

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    I've always been into firearm and never given blades much thought until about a year ago when I bought my first spyderco. After that I was hooked and have slowly started collecting knives like I have firearms. Like I said I'm new to knives and just recently found a sharpener that I love. I'm currently using the Lansky Diamond sharpening kit with their 1,000 grit stone and their 2,000 grit stone. I've found with that and a strop that I'm able to get a mirror polish and razor sharp edge on all of my knives.
     
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  5. TDX90

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    Spyderco Sharpmaker here for 75% of the sharpening duties. I also purchased the ultra fine rods to go along with the medium and fine rods that come with the kit. I love it so far although reprofiling takes a very long time. If I need to reprofile anything now I hand it off to a friend of mine with a wicked edge pro pack 2. Then I can maintain it with the sharpmaker. I have 2 credit card size DMT diamond stones that I use for quick touch-ups when I am camping. I also have a little otterbox setup for convexing.
     
  6. pathwinder14

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    Well usually I don't sharpen. I just hone and strop. If you take good care of your knife you only have to sharpen it once. From then on you just touch up the edge with a diamond rod and strop. If you do that regularly you will never need to resharpen, unless you abuse your edge.

    When I sharpen I use small pocket sized Arkansas stones of varying grits.
     
  7. Mike R

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    I use a 2-sided Japanese water stone and a homemade strop with green compound on one side, plain leather on the other. I don't have a whole lot of practice but I can get a knife sharp enough to be useful. Not hair-popping sharp, though.

    I intend to get a Sharpmaker at some point.
     
  8. de Vries
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    Where did you get the compounds?
     
  9. Here Comes The BOOM

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    I currently use a stropping paddle that came "loaded" with green & red compound, some guy I know from a dutch bushcraft forum makes them. He sells them on Marktplaats as well, I'll see if I can find a link & post it here. But you can find stropping compounds on ebay too. I tried leaving you a link here but the forum software blocked it. If you search on ebay for "polishing compound" you'll find it though. Mine came from a UK-seller. Come to think of it, I got more of the green compound than I'll ever need, if you want some for the costs of shipping just send me a pm.

    ps: I couldn't find the guy on Marktplaats anymore, apparently he either stopped making them or stopped selling them there. I can send him an email to see if he still sells them if you're interested though, just send me a pm if you want me to contact him for you.
     
  10. de Vries
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    Thanks for the offer!
    Just found a detailed instruction on knife sharpening using various methods and materials, including ground roof tiles. Guess I'll read that first and know the basics before I start.
     
  11. BarksAtCats
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    Anything that is harder than the steel your blade is made of will sharpen your knife. The trick is to use the correct angle and to start with a coarser grit and move to a finer grit. For example, if you have a ceramic coffee cup in your house, you will find that the bottom has a rough 'ring' around the edge. if you drag the edge of your blade across that ring, you will see gray grit left there. That is because the ceramic is harder than the steel and is sharpening your knife. You can start with the coarser 'ring' and finish with some strokes on the glazed lip of the mug or the handle (the glazed part of the mug will be a finer 'grit'. It will still take off a tiny bit of steel but probably not enough for you to notice. Still, don't use the mug to drink from until after you've washed it thoroughly.) I generally use a diamond stone (or a diamond rod) and a tungsten dowel but again, just about anything will work to sharpen your knives. Check out You Tube for some instructional videos on sharpening and stropping. Also, Google 'knife edges' for an explanation of what things like 'convex grind', 'chisel grind,' and 'scandi grind' mean. If you are looking to begin freehand sharpening, I would suggest purchasing a VERY inexpensive knife (for instance, something for less than $10 at Target) and practicing on that until you get more confident. I hope this helps. :)
     
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  12. Here Comes The BOOM

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    Roof tiles aye? How does that work?

    Just as a heads up though, I'm leaving the country in a week or 4 and probably won't be back until the end of the summer, in case you want to take me up at a later time.
     
  13. IMightBeWrong

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    I use a water stone and a sharp maker depending on how lazy I am.
     
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  14. roessletb

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    I have an Edge Pro and it works well, but I use my SharpMaker and a strop 99% of the time.
     
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  15. StuntZombie

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    I was using wet/dry sandpaper mostly, but I've gone back to using the Sharpmaker again. Once the Cubic Boron Nitride stones are released, I won't have much need for anything else.
     
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  16. moostapha

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    I "learned" how to use a whetstone from an old boss. His knives were just about sharp enough to shave with. Mine don't get quite that sharp, which I'm sure is a matter of practice and equipment.

    I have a whetstone set...thing (no guides our anything) that doesn't seem fine enough to get a really sharp edge. I also recently got a spyderco sharpmaker, which I think I like. I'm thinking about getting the other surfaces for it (a coarser set and an extra fine set) to reshape worse knives and get sharper on the ones I care more about (my pocket knives and kitchen knives). But I'm wondering if that's the right way to go.

    Any thoughts?

    sent from a device without a real keyboard, sorry for things that don't make sense.
     
  17. Water-Rat

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  18. SAKplumber
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    Merged :)

    I too use a stone but recently got The WORK SHARP
     
  19. moostapha

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    I have no idea why that didn't come up in search. Thanks.

    sent from a device without a real keyboard, sorry for things that don't make sense.
     
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    The search drives me batty! You have to spell it EXACTLY the same and check the right box:rolleyes: