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Best Sharpener

Discussion in 'Knives & Tools' started by Witterings, Feb 4, 2020.

  1. Witterings

    Witterings Posting Addict

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    What's your guys thoughts on the best sharpener for your hunting knives and I guess kitchen knives as well.

    I did ask a couple of years ago and ended up buying one of the Lansky Turnboxes and I have to say I'm not that impressed with it. If you do want to get something sharp you're better off using something more aggressive to start off with as it'll take forever otherwise ... if ever ... I actually found the £4.99 Screwfix Magnussan Diamond Stone better.

    Am thinking about getting a decent stone and came across the Fallkniven DC3 & DC4's ... I'm guessing the only advantage of the 3 is it's smaller but if I'm not going to carry it out to the field would probably be better off with the DC4???

    Or am I better off going with a more traditional Whetstone and if so does anyone have any recommendations, I did google and found the Sharp Pebble which had brilliant reviews on Amazon until I found a thread inferring that quite a high percentage of their reviews were fake.

    Last piece of the puzzle ... is a whetstone good for axes / machete's as well or am I better off with something different just for that???

    Any help appreciated and mods of this is in the wrong place and needs moving please do.
     
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    Auracana Busy Member

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    I bought one of these from a local general store last year for a fiver and it has been brilliant.
    Did not expect much, but is the best quick sharpener I have used and still going strong. Use it on all my knives and even garden pruners/sheers. For a finer edge I would use a finer stone or rod just to hone the edge after using....

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/DIAMOND-...403960&hash=item19f327ca69:g:hmkAAOSwVFlUCG-m

    Worth a try for the money....
     
  3. Jimmypie

    Jimmypie Very Active

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    What your sharpening , where and how often dictates what is going to be “best” imo :)
     
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    sharpsman Keyboard Hero

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    A lot depends on the grind on a knife on what sort of sharpening kit you need , for a scandi i would go for the dc4 and for a hollow grind i would use a ceramic rod for field use , both can fit in your jacket pocket ok .
     
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    phil adams Well-Known Member

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    As Jimmy and Sharps said, it depends what you are sharpening and how you want to do it. For example if you wanted to sharpen a recurve blade you would want a different setup than a scandi ground blade. Also, do you want to sharpen in the field or at home?
     
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    rich79 Lovin the smell of cordite in the morning

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    I use an Opinel carbon so its oil stone only, never been a fan of stainless steel, I find it doesn't keep an edge very well.
     
  7. HW100Tuning

    HW100Tuning Big Poster

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    There's lot of knife information in the "Knives & Tools" section of the forum :thumb:

    https://www.airgunforum.co.uk/community/index.php?forums/knives-tools.173/
     
  8. 2506sendero

    2506sendero Legend in his own mind & living on the edge.

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    The fixed angled rod sharpeners like the Lansky and Spyderco are great for maintaining edges that are already established, but practically useless on a dull blade when you will have to remove more metal in order to create a new burr - freehand sharpening on good quality whetsones will remove metal rapidly, but practice on cheapo knives is recommended until you become accustomed to doing it - a decent hard strop & compound will finish the job off to perfection.
     
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    A standard sharpening rod or steel is all that's needed, but don't buy a cheap once as they are generally too soft and don't last long... sharpen at at a 15° angle using medium pressure, about 7-8 times on either side, it's very easy to over sharpen and dull the blade
     
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    As said already, lansky turn box if you already a Have an edge and are looking to maintain.

    I also use a lansky system with the clamps as I am useless on keeping an angle when starting afresh with a dull blade.
     
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    Lansky Puck for axes, cant recommend them enough
     
  13. Claypole

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    I use a cheap Draper branded stone on cheap kitchen knives, but on my Japanese kitchen knife, and pocket knives I will use a Japanese waterstone. Not an expensive natural one, but a synthetic "King" branded combination stone. 1000 grit on one side, 6000 on the other.

    I also regularly use a sharpening steel, although in reality they don't actually do much in the way of sharpening. A very sharp edge will tend to roll over with use, and a steel is used to straighten the edge back up. Using a steel on a kitchen knife before me very use will greatly reduce the amount of times the knife needs to go back on the stone.

    Some people like to use a leather stop to put the final touches on a sharp edge, but a folded over newspaper can serve as a cheap and convenient alternative.
     
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  14. Jasglo68

    Jasglo68 Its not about the size it’s where you put it !!

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    Hi
    I’ve been sharpening knives for myself and for others for many years and I’ve tried all manner of stones and sharpening systems. I now mainly use diamond sharpening stones ( non perforated type ) in various grades and do this freehand. It does take practice but once you’ve got the hang of it you will get superior results. I the finish with a leather strop with either green compound or autosol chrome polish. This will give a long lasting mirror polished edge and it will work on all types of grinds and all types of steel including modern “super steels “. Just get yourself a couple of cheaper knives to practice on , Mora or Opinel are a good place to start. The Falkniven dc4 is excellent for field use.
    Hope this helps :thumb:
    Here’s a couple of pics of recent sharpenings I’ve done
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    Touch them up with me Japanese whetstone’s
    then on the leather strop with a drop of peek polish
    If there really bad I’ll give them a go on the Tormek T8 then another work through the whetstones
     
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    I use the Spyderco sharpening system and although pricey (seventy quid or so) find it easy and does a great job, my Opinel knives really do come up seriously sharp.
     
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    2506sendero Legend in his own mind & living on the edge.

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    The Spyderco Sharpmaker loves carbon steel blades with thin edges.
     
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    Sharpmaker for me does what i need and dead easy.

    Can get edge sharp as you will really need
     
  20. Witterings

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    Gosh cheers all … I wasn’t expecting quite so many replies and thanks mods … have seen it’s been moved the appropriate section … not sure why I didn’t notice that section when I looked through, even though I thought about putting it in the hunting section rather than general.


    Too many to reply to each individually but will try and comment on as many as possible in “general replies.


    As a side comment, Jasglo68 … love the ones in pics 3 and 4 down!!


    Whilst I asked about Machete’s / Axes which I may get a Lansky puck for as I’ve heard other favourable comments and one of the machete’s is a Kukri so is a recurve.

    The ones I’m much more interested in getting a good edge on are more general knives as in the pic below along with everyday kitchen knives.

    I did make a strop a while ago with a piece of wood and an old belt cut into bits and then glued onto the wood and some autosol compound but can’t remember which one … although I have it in the garage somewhere but never think I got them sharp enough on the Lansky to actually benefit from the strop.

    I’ll have a good look through all the suggestions … does anyone happen to have used one of the Faithfull Diamond Whetstones

    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/FAITHFUL.../292735927311?_trksid=p2349526.m4383.l4275.c1


    and if so any feedback on good or bad???
     

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