May 22nd, 2007 11:50 AM
Could I get a few suggestions on this subject? I use a honong guide and an Arkansas stone for my chisels and plane irons, Works pretty good, but I can't get a good edge on a knife to save my life. I've searched the internet. There are as many ways to sharpen and hone a knife as there are species of insects. Can someone simplify this? Could be the steel I have too. I don't have any high end blades.
May 22nd, 2007 01:18 PM
May 22nd, 2007 02:19 PM
I use a Spyderco Sharpmaker. It works better for me than anything I've ever tried.
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May 22nd, 2007 02:22 PM
x2 on the Lansky, you beat me to it. I've had one for about five years now for my Ken Onion Whirlwind and it is the easiest method to a razor edge. The system is consistent, which makes it easy to get that super sharp edge.
Originally Posted by QKShooter
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May 22nd, 2007 02:29 PM
+1 on the Spyderco Sharpmaker. You could get them sharper by other methods, but the SS is a quick and easy way to put a very workable edge on just about any type of blade - straight, serrated, flexible, curved, recurved, what have you.
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May 22nd, 2007 03:22 PM
I agree, I bought one awhile back and I love it. The sharpmaker has put a good edge on everything I've sharpened with it.
Originally Posted by rodc13
May 23rd, 2007 09:23 AM
Sorry, forgot to subscribe to my own thread. Thanks for the info. I have heard of Lansky, and I will check out the Spyderco system
May 23rd, 2007 10:06 AM
That's what I use. Works very well.
Originally Posted by QKShooter
The trick, IMO, is maintaining the angle. Fail to do that, and you can't get a good edge no matter how long you try. The Lansky unit helps keep the angle consistent throughout the sharpening session, and you can duplicate that angle each subsequent session.
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May 23rd, 2007 10:15 AM
I use an Arkansas white stone with strokes that resemble "shaving" the stone at about a 15 degree angle. I then use an old razor strop, linen side first, and finish with the leather side. I have a smooth spot with no hair on the left leg where I test the blade. Seems to work well on my Buck folders and the Uncle Henry folder I always carry. I don't have any knives with anything but straight edges. I've had the stone and strop for about 35 years IIRC but, as shown in previous posts, they're newer and better systems out there. A good knife is like a good gun...they need good maintenance.
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May 23rd, 2007 10:49 AM
The Spyderco Sharpmaker is a great and very versatile system!! It works well.
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May 23rd, 2007 11:43 AM
Lansky here too. I believe Betty and others use something that worked even better, but cannot recall what system it was called.
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May 23rd, 2007 11:48 AM
I'm using the CRKT Slide Sharp system, works for me.
Lots of them on eBay, quite cheap too.
Mine was delivered with one ceramic rod broken, I contacted CRKT (not their fault BTW) and was mailed two free rods ASAP.
May 23rd, 2007 12:11 PM
Well, I use a knife makers belt grinder and a muslin buff with green chrome rouge. But then I used to make knives for a living. A mirror polished edge is very, very sharp
Lansky makes a great system and gives pretty good consistent results.
I don't remember the manufacturer but many knife makers use a stacked cardboard disk system on a mandrel chucked in a drill press or buffer. Loaded with a little rouge they put a wicked final edge on fast!
Just remember, lousy steel, lousy edge. Good steel, good edge!
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May 23rd, 2007 01:31 PM
Here's a trick, that won't cost you anything.....
After getting a "decent" edge on the blade, roll your car window half way up (or down). Use the edge of the glass to get a razor sharp edge.
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May 23rd, 2007 03:23 PM
Even I can sharpen a knife with the Spydie Sharpmaker. That's saying a lot.
Great product and the best money I've spent on sharpeners.
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