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Knife Sharpening

Discussion in 'Knives & Tools' started by TheNewbieShooter, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. shauny

    shauny Major Poster

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    various grades of whetstones :thumb:
     
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    He said he’s pants at freehand
     
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    shauny Major Poster

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    you can use wedges of diff angles with whetstones:thumb:
     
  4. Mr wolf

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    Could indeed pal.
    Or he could just buy some sh*te knives, some king stones and a sharpie. Add a dash of effort and never look back

    Ps welcome back @shauny
     
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    DC4 whetstone. Certainly seems to do the job :) I'm transforming myself into a pretty lady tonight :D

     
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    TheNewbieShooter Keyboard Hero

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    I have got either the dc3 or 4 but can't seem to use it
     
  7. Mr wolf

    Mr wolf Sad times

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    Use the faux diamond side then ceramic.
    Just try to cut thin slices out the surface.
     
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    I've rarely used the diamond side, It would need to be a butter knife to warrant that. I just work out my angle based on sound and feel (as quiet and smooth as possible) and then just a slow circular motion, starting off firm and ending up with it just skimming over the stone. That video shows what's possible without bothering with a strop on leather.
     
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    I'll give it another go tomorrow see if I get anywhere. I brought it over 12 months ago but as I couldn't seem to get the knives razor sharp like the video I just put it away and ain't used it since. I would say there fairly sharp still but definitely not hair cutting sharp. That was why I brought it as I looked it up at the time so many good reviews plus videos where hair cutting sharpness was possible with it
     
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    Getting things razor sharp is a pleasing feat. Depending on the blade it sometimes needs a strop afterwards to cut hair. Be warned though, sharp things are sharp :/ whoops
     
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    For Scandi grinds I use a mixture of diamond plates and Naniwa waterstones - Scandis are easy to do free hand.

    For my Axe I use a DC4, i also use the DC$ for my Scandi grind bushcraft knife when in camp.

    For my Japanese kitchen knives i use the waterstones with a guide although i am at the point where i don't need the guide now.

    For all my other knives which are ostly pocket knives I use a Spyderco sharp maker using the medium, fine and extra fine rods. you get a couple of different angles to choose from but generally speaking i stick to one set angle and put a micro bevel on the knives which is less of an issue with pocket knives.
     
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    Thats going to itch like hell when its growing back.
     
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    Not at all. Although not the best of timing. I'm gonna look like a right pillock if I wear shorts in nevada :D
     
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    You might have to shave the other leg to match. :laff::laff:
     
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    I did.. but only because I sharpened too many knives and had already shaved my arms :D alcohol and knife sharpening, a fantastic combination
     
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    :facepalm::laff:
     
  17. Fusty Fieldcrafter

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    Interesting. I use the diamond side mainly then the ceramic to touch up on my dc4. I don't strop blades. I personally find stropped razor sharp edges not practical day to day. I prefer a touch of micro serration on the edge. Just for general use. Totally appreciate others will think differently. :)
     
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    Love the DC4 small stone, had one for 5 years. Diamond is not quite up for reprofiling but for regular touch ups it is great. The ceramic side when used with a light tough and a bit of water is capable of a good mirror edge and sharpness that can easily push cut receipt paper.
     
  19. 2506sendero

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

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    As previously suggested if you are new to sharpening you are better off using some kind of fixed angle system like the crock sticks or Spyderco Sharpmaker, which is very pricey now, but these are not useful if your bkades are in need of a complete reprofiling.
    You need to give that Lansky quick sharpening monstrosity an extremely wide berth, and whoever invented it obviously knew very little about sharpening expensive custom knives and should be burnt at the stake :D
    Freehand sharpening on Japanese water stones is a whole new ball game, but whatever system you choose, a good "Fixed" strop (not a belt) is your best friend for getting the final finish & polished edge (if you want it)

    https://uk.knivesandtools.eu/en/pt/...MIuoSpvJvz4QIVirDtCh06GQmPEAQYASABEgI_WPD_BwE
     
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    2012 and at a Christmas party, I got somewhat sloshed in London. For some reason an equally sloshed colleague decided to shove a shots paddle in my bag. Found it the next day and promptly made a nice strop out of it with some epoxy and a leather belt from a charity shop. Gives a nice final finish.
    IMG_20190428_181938.jpg
     
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