Hand Sharpened my Mora - It Shaved Some Hair

Hand Sharpened my Mora - It Shaved Some Hair

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    Hand Sharpened my Mora - It Shaved Some Hair

    I just thought I'd share my success.

    I used to be terrible at hand sharpening. I kept practicing, and today, I decided to sharpen my mora. It went from not being able to shave any hair when I started, to shaving some (not totally "tree topping") when I was done!

    I think sharpening is a good bushcraft skill to have, and I'm on my way to being able to do it half-way decently.
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    So, what technique and tools did you use? Am presuming it wasn't the 'letric sharpener from Wal-Mart.

    I still suck at sharpening. Have never gotten reliable results. Also haven't done the WorkSharp "belt sander" type methods, which I'm sure would get things hair-splittingly sharp.
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    Hand Sharpened my Mora - It Shaved Some Hair

    I used a Smith's tri-hone bench stone set (coarse, fine, and extra-fine stones), then I put a piece of paper over one of the stones and stropped on it.

    I locked my wrist, went very slowly, and checked the edge frequently. Also, I took a break partway through, because I was getting frustrated. It actually helped a lot.

    I didn't use any jigs or other tools. The knife has a scandi grind, so it is much easier to sharpen than any of my other knives, which is probably why I got the results I did.
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    Mora is a good knife, and a great value.
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    Spyderco Sharpmaker, all your knives will shave with ease. I have a bunch of Smith stones and Arkansas stones and whet stones and ceramic stones and steels.
    Try the Spyderco Sharpmaker. I have been sharpening shaving sharp with all kinds of stones for decades. Nothing has been easier than the Spyderco Sharpmaker.

    My el cheapie white handled kitchen knives from SAMs Club will shave.
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    I have a sharp maker, but haven't used it yet (I just got it about a month ago). I'll have to give it a try.
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    Keep at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badey View Post
    I have a sharp maker, but haven't used it yet (I just got it about a month ago). I'll have to give it a try.
    With a scandi grind, I think you'll get the best results placing your Sharpmaker sticks flat and working with it like a regular stone (there are grooves for this on the underside of the base). There's numerous threads that discuss this on various forums but basically because of the grind type, you'll most likely create a second bevel if you try to sharpen your Mora with the angled sticks.

    I've got a couple of Moras and I've always sharpened them with the flat stick method with very good results.
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