Silly question about sharpening

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  1. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    All right, I know how to sharpen a knife, have been doing it for 30 years or so.:D

    I have a cheap little knife that I use at work to cut straps on incoming trays of mail. That knife has a serrated blade. I have never owned a knife with a serrated blade before and I do not know how to sharpen one. Can someone give me a little guidance on the procedure?:confused: :eek:
  2. TranterUK

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    Not a silly question at all. I have known several people unsure about this one.

    I believe you can get round stones for serrations, like a rat tail file.

    Short of that I have used the edge of a regular stone before now, just be slow and careful. The sharpener I use for 90% of my sharpening these days is called a Vulkanus Sharpener, it has two sprung arms on a plastic base. It really is the business and by holding the knife at an angle, it does serrations.
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  3. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    A Spiderco Sharpmaker.

    On the other hand, if its a cheap and cheesy serrated blade.....pitch it and get a new cheap and cheesy serrated blade especially if all you use it for is to cut some banding.
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    they make special kits with stones for the wide and skinny serrations... you could also use a chainsaw file for the wide parts too... if you have one handy
  5. jacksonco

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    I second the Syderco SharpMaker. It does an excellent job on serrated blades. As a matter of fact it does a great job on knife blades period. Will sharpen a blade from razor sharp to scary sharp - your choice.
  6. gdmoody

    gdmoody Moderator Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the info. I have a Lansky sharpening system I just thought about when reading the posts about the spyderco system. I think that Lansky does have a stone for serrated blades.

    Tim's suggestion is pretty good, it is a cheesy cheap knife, but you know, it has kinda opened my eyes about serrated blades because before this came around, I never even thought about wanting one.

    That little thing was very sharp when I started using it. I don't even know where it came from because I have never bought a serrated blade!! I found it in my computer desk drawer and just started using it.
  7. Insulation Tim

    Insulation Tim Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    If you like serrated, then save up some money and look at the Knives from Spyderco. They make outstanding knives in both Serrated, Plain edge and Combos. I personally don't like serrated but if you do, Spyderco arguably makes the best...bar none.

    In my Knife Knut days, this is where I frequently bought. A brick and mortar store but an outstanding Internet Dealer.
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