Knife Sharpening

Discussion in 'Knives & Edged Items' started by dons2346, Oct 25, 2018.

  1. dons2346

    dons2346 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Been looking at different methods to sharpen knives on uTube and found this one. Just a tad expensive but it does put an edge on a blade

     
  2. tedwitt

    tedwitt 440 Supporting Member

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    I never used any of those tools, just a couple good stones and oil. I have a set of stones I have had for over thirty years.
     
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  3. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs Well-Known Member

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    Millennials are complicating a very simple process.
    Unless you have a physical handicap, anyone can learn to sharpen a knife on a whetstone- or even on wet/dry sandpaper. It probably takes as long to learn to use the jig-type sharpeners as it does to learn to freehand sharpen.
     
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    tedwitt 440 Supporting Member

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    Agreed!
     
  5. One Shot

    One Shot Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I have used oil whetstones for years and still do. At one school they did have a good set of Japanese water stones and I really liked them as well. They seem to cut faster than an oil stone.
     
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    Firpo Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I stink at sharpening knives with a stone. Not sure as to my specific handicap but one most certainly exists.

    I purchased the Gatco sharpening stones years ago and now all my knives are literally razor sharp. Doesn’t work so well on longer blades, I’d guess 8” is just about the max that I’ve had success with.
     
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    My grandfather was a millwright, he taught me to sharpen with stones. I use a block of wood cut to my desired angle as a visual guide. Set it at the end of the stone so I can see the angle as I set the blade on the stone.

    I have good set of Arkansas stones, and a good leather strop. Sharpening just takes some patience and attention.

    I've tried a couple of the mechanical sharpeners, I way prefer my stones.
     
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    Jester560 Well-Known Member

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    Good old Arkansas stones are hard to beat. One they have the edge formed, finish it off with leather or ceramic. That will remove any burrs and put an ultra fine edge on it.
     
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    ms6852 GUNZILLA Supporting Member

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    Over the years I have acquired several types of sharpening tools, from the Lansky systems, to Arkansas stones, to the Work Sharpener which I use on certain knives. For my custom knives and kitchen knives I use Japanese water stones.
     
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    Ain't that the truth! I guess folks like Jim Bowie couldn't sharpen a knife to save their lives. They didn't have the jig type sharpeners. So they just used a dull knife.
     
  11. grcsat

    grcsat Well-Known Member

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    I can't sharpen a knife worth beans. I seem to loose the right angle somewhere along the line. It takes me twice as long as everyone else. So I use a jig. If I use a steel to bring back an edge, I'm just fine. Go figure.
     
  12. Hawg

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    I've been sharpening knives since I was a kid and sometimes I can sharpen a carbon steel blade with an Arkansas stone just fine, sometimes I just can't. I don't know what my problem is. As for stainless blades forget it. I can't do it. I do pretty good with them using a soft touch with a fine wheel on a bench grinder but they never get as sharp as a carbon blade.
     
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    Broot Well-Known Mumbler Supporting Member

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    That thing is EXPENSIVE! Pretty neat and seems to be foolproof. Nice concept and engineering.

    Diamond stones are really nice for setting an edge on harder steels
     
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    Stones have worked just fine for me for over 50 years. 'Course ya gotta learn to use them. They don't come "pre-set".
     
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  15. howlnmad

    howlnmad Old Guy Doing Things Moderator Supporting Member

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    So which one of you guys do I send my knives to? I can't sharpen one for nuttin.:(