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Sharpening help

Discussion in 'Knives' started by Rev. Chuck, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. Rev. Chuck

    Rev. Chuck Loaded Pockets

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    Hey guys, I have a problem, I can get my knifes sharp enough to cut paracord but I can't get them sharp enough to shave.

    How do I achieve this, any input is welcome.
     
  2. sitdwnandhngon

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    What angle are your sharpening at and what system do you use.

    Even with a few stones and 2000 grit sand paper you still have to use leather or cardboard for that final touch.
     
  3. Joe Talmadge

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    I've gotten a knife to shave (roughly, not smoothly) with a coarse stone, and easily with a medium. Yes, much easier to get a knife shaving sharp if you razor polish it (fine stone plus strop), but with a low angle and very accurate bevels, that's not required.
     
  4. Lord Bear

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    :popcorn:
     
  5. Lord Bear

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    Angling for some EX-PO-zition! On sharpening no less! Pretty please. ;)
     
  6. Joe Talmadge

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    It's possible to do it with a Spyderco Sharpmaker. It's easiest with a softer steel like 440C or probably any of the Sandvik steels, I think that the rods aren't coarse enough to effectively sharpen harder steels but I think that some people can and regularly do put shaving edges on hard steels with the Sharpmaker.
     
  8. Lord Bear

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  9. Rev. Chuck

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    Thanks, really helpful tips, I was using a buck coarse stone and I just order the spydeco sharpmaker
     
  10. Lord Bear

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    Proper credit should go to Joe Talmadge. Not only did he post link, he wrote the thing!
     
  11. Boy SureFire

    Boy SureFire May The Bridges I Burn Light The Way

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    My Sharpmaker comes tomorrow ( :ty: for the help Carrot).
     
  12. echo63

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    the sharpmaker is very capable, and works just as well on harder steels as it does soft ones.
    it is an edge maintainance tool though - it sucks for reprofiling though, the diamond sleeves do help.

    i have thinned quite a few blades (one in CPM-440V - talk about wear resistant) with my sharpmaker, sometimes using a diamond stone, layed against the rods.