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What's the best knife sharpener?

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by Timothy Sutton, Jun 28, 2015.

  1. Timothy Sutton

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    The title tells all. The only sharpeners that I've had some success with are the Accusharp and the Smith's Pocket Pal X2. The problem I have with them is that they sometimes put a burr (fold on the blade) on my knives. Are there any good easy to use sharpeners out there?

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    I have a feeling most people will give two thumbs up to the Spyderco Sharpmaker. I have never had one, but handled it once and I can say it's pretty simple to use but that's coming from 5 minutes of experience. I personally use a Smith's sharpening kit I got at Walmart. It's not bad for the price. Mini pocket sharpeners like that will leave a burr. It's good for field sharpening, but don't let it be your main sharpener.
     
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  3. Timothy Sutton

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    Have you ever used the Worksharp Tool and Knife sharpener? I heard it works pretty good, but I don't care for the price tag.

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    Timothy Sutton I have heard of it, but never used it. Perhaps other forum members could answer that for you. Maybe take a stab at hand sharpening with a stone.
     
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    I have two stone sharpeners that my grandad used. The one on the left is well used and right is new. I also have one of his honing rods. I guess it just takes time and practice.

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    Also depends on the grit of the stone Timothy Sutton I once hand sharpened my knife with a kitchen knife stone. Turned on terrible, wasn't sure what I was doing half way through. For simple clean ups, you can use the ceramic at the bottom of your cup to smooth out the edge.
     
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  7. Cody_2ZZ

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    The best way to sharpen a knife is with a stone. Get yourself set up with a couple of good stones, a steel, and maybe a leather strop for knives you want to put a really fine edge. Then get to learning how it's all done. It's more of a time and financial investment, but it will pay you back significantly. Also, you might look into a diamond sharpener. They're good for a quick edge. I actually do a lot of my sharpening on a Smith's portable two-sided diamond sharpener.
     
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    Depends on what exactly your trying to do. Are you looking to reprofiling and/or repair damaged edges or are you just looking to maintain the apex. If you are interested in reprofiling my suggestion would be a fixed system like and edge pro apex or wicked edge. If all your trying to do is maintain a factory edge than you can't go wrong with the spyderco sharpmaker.
     
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    Yup, Spyderco Sharp Maker fan here. I tried a bunch of systems from stones to guided systems etc. Sharpmaker is my default sharpening system for all my knives. Easy to use and works.
     
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    Another Spyderco Sharpmaker fan. Been using one a decade or so. On some steels if the bevels aren't right to start with, it can be pain. (ZDP with a bad profile) But for keeping knives pair popping sharp, it's hard to beat for the price. Worth watching the DVD. I would also recommend two more items to go with any sharpening system, a sharpie marker, and a decent magnifying glass or loop. You need to be able to tell what's happening.

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    Sharpmaker is my most used system out of the ones I own.
     
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    Another endorsement for the Sharpmaker, good for 90% of my sharpening. For really dull edges or reprofiling, though, I have a set of DMT stones that I use to speed the process. Most often I lay them on the Sharpmaker rods for the correct angles.
     
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    Not my video, but this is what I do.



    It's like 5 or 10 minutes from complaining about your useless blade to having a bald forearm. The only real downside is that it's easy to melt a thin tip and it takes a while and taking off a lot of material to fix it.

    ETA: one thing worth noting, the belt sander makes convex edges, which I like. You can touch the blade without immediately cutting yourself, but they're still sharp enough to shave body hair and push cut newspaper.
     
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    I like the sharpmaker but I find it difficult to use the flat sides with curved blades and it's very hard to reprofile with. I have some knives that I just can't get sharp with the sharpmaker. Got a Lansky 5 rod system on the way and green compound, hoping the lansky can become my base system, the sharpmaker for touch ups and then strop for maintenance.
     
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    This wicked edge sharpeners get good reviews as does the sharpmaker. I am a fan of DMT and all diamond products. Busts through thick shoulders and then polish the edge with a lesser grit. Good stuff. Or wet/dry sandpaper spray glued to a piece of glass. As long as there isn't a recurve, your knife will be sharper than you could imagine.
     
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    certainly not the end all be all, but i sure like my lansky a good bit. pretty much bomb-proof if you're concerned about jacking something up.
     
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    I just opened my lansky tonite. It took an old gerber from butter knife dull to shaving sharp in short order.
     
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    The wicked edge seems like the best sharpener to me. I however do not own one but I hope to one day. A cheaper option if you're looking to reprofile the edge would be the lansky diamond deluxe sharpening system. If you're just looking to maintain the edge then I echo everyone else about getting a sharpmaker. I love mine and use it all the time.
     
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    I've got a work sharp, several $100 in japanese water stones, a sharpmaker, plenty of different grit stones (diamond, Arkansas, oil,etc) strops, a lansky, and plenty of others. I primarily use the sharpmaker, with ultrafine & diamond, & in the woods, a speedysharp. If I knew years ago, what I know now, I'd have the wicked edge posted above by Russ Prechtl One day, when funds are there, I'll have one.
     
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