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Knife Sharpening

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

  1. ibo7

    ibo7 Keyboard Hero

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    What's the most cost effective method for basic cheap £10-30 knives? Are the cheap V-shape sharpeners okay for these?
    I'm no knife efficianado like a lot of you guys!
     
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    2506sendero Legend in his own mind & living on the edge.

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    Guided/pre angled systems like the Spyderco Sharpmaker or Lansky are great if your edges aren't completely dull and just need touching up, but if you need to remove more metal and reprofile the edge, watersones are your best bet, but you might struggle with freehand if you are new to sharpening.
     
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  3. When you say v shaped like this below if so they take to much blade away using the carbide side and the cheap ones the ceramic is also rubbish
     

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    shergar Busy Member

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    Stay away from V shaped and similar sharpeners and learn to sharpen properly.In the absence of proper stone, emery paper clipped to flat board or sheet of glass will do better job.
     
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    Electric can opener with knife sharpener worked great on a cheap set of kitchen knifes that came in a set of four different colours with plastic sheaths.
     
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    Surely they're fine for cheap knives? I'd assume a sub £30 knife isn't exactly built to last a lifetime anyway.
    I'd have absolutely no clue how to use Emery paper etc
     
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    I picked up some crock sticks for $20 while in America, and recently put my £200 kitchen knife over it. As good as the day it left the factory :)
     
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    2506sendero Legend in his own mind & living on the edge.

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    Shergar is right, those cheapo pull through sharpeners are shi te and will ruin your knives whether they cost £30 or 300
     
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    2506sendero Legend in his own mind & living on the edge.

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  10. walter Often

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    Get yourself a "Lansky sharpening system " mate. Only need a basic kit. (Approx £40). If I manage to find a bit of spare time, I spend it outdoors. Always have done. Over the years I've bought and tried every knife sharpener and trick in the book. Trust me on this one mate.....? You won't get better than a LANSKY. in the kit you get a clamp(to hold the blade) and different grit sharpening stones that attach to a metal guide rod, that in turn slides up and down of your chosen angle in degrees. This bit of kit is amazing. There are many more accessories you can add, but the only one I'd advise is the stand that the clamp attaches to. You don't desperately need it.....but it frees up a hand and makes it 10 times easier. Start on the coursest grit, work down to the finest,........and strop the blade with leather. No need to by the strop mate. Waste of your hard earned. Get an old leather belt , cut it about 12" long, and glue it to a bit of 3x2 timber. Get some toothpaste and smear it on the homemade strop. I'm not kidding you mate.....YOU WILL BE ABLE TO DRY SHAVE WITH THE BLADE! I've got all sorts of knives for all different things in different situations. Leatherman, Opinel, Mora, Gerber etc. But the sweetest of them all is an Opinel. Not the stainless ones.....deffo go for the carbone(carbon steel). Beautiful knives. Small, light, very strong, hold an unbelievable edge for absolute time. It's very therapeutic mate. Try it. You'll get hooked on it. Ps: .....I'm not a Lansky or Opinel salesman, I'm just a normal fella who likes the outdoors. I know what I'm on about mate. Good luck. Enjoy!
     
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    Forget that mate. Give it a job on a Lansky sharpening system and finish it on a strop with toothpaste.
     
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