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Sharpening angle?

Discussion in 'Knives' started by mrtwohands, Apr 16, 2020.

  1. mrtwohands

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    So what does everyone sharpen their EDC knives at?


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  2. kukla

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    Spyderco Tri Angle Sharpmaker.
    And the Benchmades go to Benchmade periodically for a tune up/sharpening (no charge for this excellent service).
     
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    I free hand them, so no idea

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  4. ThaMac

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    +1 for free hand.


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    ..and +2 on free-handing. I have one of the kits with multiple angle--yada yada yada, but that's too tedious and doesn't produce a better result than I can freehand. The sharpening kit was a well-intentioned gift from a family member.
     
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  6. ThaMac

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    That brings me to the idea, that sharpening on a system with a specific angle might be a little anal.


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    With so much time at home now, I need to learn a new skill. I am about to order a set of Japanese wet stones and finally learn to sharpen free hand
     
  8. A.B.

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    It just boils down to muscle memory. Once you get the hang of it, it's easy. I switched from Japanese water stones to diamond bench stones and couldn't be happier btw.

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    I've been using a Sharpmaker for a really long time, and I still love the results I get out of it.

    Hogue knives also sharpens their products for free, and like Benchmade they do a great job of it.
     
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  10. mrtwohands

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    Have really wanted to try free hand. Just have never gotten around to buying a stone.

    Currently using a Lansky diamond stone kit. Have been using it for about 6 months. Seems to do the job. Have steel sanding from 8cr to M390


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  11. A.B.

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    Don't buy just "a" stone. Make sure you get a couple so you don't skip a grit. Otherwise you won't get results. That is, if you are going for it.

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    Oh yeah definitely. I’ve looked into them here and there. I haven’t seen a kit that comes with multiple. Is there such a thing? Or best to buy them separate?


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    I am using what was advertised as “Japanese Shapton sharpening whetstones”. Good part, you don’t need to soak them. As far as I remember I was going for 1000, 2000, and 8000 grid. Sure, people will tell me why this was not good, but it works for me.
    About the sharpening: Just as every DIY “specialist” I am just winging it. Some of my (mainly kitchen) knifes have scratches, from the first tries. But I don’t care. All of my knives are sharp and that’s good enough for me.

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  14. A.B.

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    Depends on where you buy them. The best water stones are from Naniwa. At least, that's the general consensus. They come in sets. But, they are expensive. I'm now using DMT diamond bench stones. No mess, no lapping, very fast.

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    You skipped the 5000... Sorry, couldn't resist.

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  16. ThaMac

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    I’m just very patient when sharpening


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    @ThaMac Can you compare the Shapton stones to regular waterstones? I've been interested in them. Do you have the glass stones?

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    Here also.

    My father taught me to sharpen on water stones and I still love to do that. Depending on what state blades are in, it can be the most appropriate.

    However, I get excellent results from the Sharpmaker on the EDC and kitchen knives that I keep in good shape.
     
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    Oof. AFAIK they are ceramic. They are several years old, so I don’t even remember where I got them from.

    Other water stones need a long soaking and loose more material, I guess. The ones I have came with instructions in Japanese and very broken English. Just making them well wet is sufficient.


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    My dad taught me to sharpen a knife. He started teaching me when I was some where around 8 years old. He taught me to hold the spine of the blade about the thickness of a dime off the stone. I have a picture somewhere here that is dated 67 of me whittling a stick I was 5
     
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