Knife Sharpening

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

  1. carver

    carver Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    If you of a knife maker in your area, ask them what they would charge to sharpen your knives. Or better yet ask them to teach you how to sharpen your own knives.
     
  2. One Shot

    One Shot Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Send me your worst one. If I can’t get it sharp I’ll just keep it. ;)
     

  3. Bigdog57

    Bigdog57 Well-Known Member

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    Stones for me too. In my military days, I used to sharpen my buddys' knives.
    I have tried a few less expensive "sharpeners". Results vary from okay to a buggered up edge.
     
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  4. Firpo

    Firpo Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    I can get a knife pretty sharp with stones just not as sharp as I like. Maybe with practice I’d get better but for now I’ll just “cheat” and use my Gatco. It doesn’t take any longer than using a flat stone on a work bench, well maybe 30 seconds to get it clamped in but that’s about it. For a strop I use an old leather belt that was my father’s back in the 70’s.......it’s perfect for the task.
     
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  6. gdmoody

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    Over the yerars, I think I have bought about every kind of knife sharpener there is. The best "system" I have ever seen is a Lansky, it comes with a simple guide and three stones, I have five stones with mine. Now days, I don't even look for the Lansky thing, I just use a DMT flat diamond in-bedded thing that looks like a whetstone. Two or three minutes on that thing and my knife is sharp enough.

    Send them to me, I'll sharpen them for you.
     
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    howlnmad Old Guy Doing Things Moderator Supporting Member

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    I bought the Lansky sharpening system too, it just helps me make dull blades.
    I think I'll pack up a few and send them to you.
     
  8. gdmoody

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    Send them on!
     
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    Axes, shovels and machetes I use a belt sander, sharpen away from the edge. Knives I use good old stones.
     
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    The work sharp in use is a mini belt sander
    Works great
     
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    I have an old hatchet that I sharpened with a stone, it will shave. For axes, machetes, and such, I use file. And a file sharpened tool will cut you in a heart beat. You would be surprised at how sharp a file can get a tool.
     
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  12. Broot

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    I like to use a flat file for my hatchets, axes and wedges as well. Made an axe vise out of two blocks of firewood and two lags with handles welded on. Quick, works great and they are plenty sharp.
     
  13. gdmoody

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    I have a 12 inch file that I use on axes and machetes. They will sharpen pretty quick using that.
     
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    Yup, me too with the file on axes, hatchets and machetes although or my hoes and shovels I go straight to the bench grinder :eek:.
     
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    I use a file on axes and shovels usually for final touch up.
     
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