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DIY Knife Sharpeners!

Discussion in 'Guns & Hunting' started by chris4x4, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. Jan 18, 2012 at 3:24 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 [OP] With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Whats your tecnique? Do you use stones? Have another contraption that you use? LETS HEAR IT!

    I use stones, a black marker, polishing compound, and a thin oil.

    After marking the cutting edge with the black marker, I start with a Corse stone, depending on the condition of the edge. I sharpen until the black marker is gone off the cutting edge.
    I then mark the edge again, and switch to a Medium stone. I apply a thin layer of polishing compound to the stone, and sharpen again until the black marker is no longer visible.
    I then use the same stone, with a light film of oil, and after marking the edge, I sharpen it until the black marker is gone.
    After that, I switch to a Fine stone, mark the edge again, then apply a very light coat of oil to the stone, and begin to hone the edge. I do this step 2 or 3 times.
    Final touch is done with a polishing stone, and a little bit of oil. I mark the cutting edge 1 time, then polish the edge 2 or 3 times with the Polishing stone.
     
  2. Jan 18, 2012 at 3:29 PM
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    xJuice

    xJuice My spoon is too Big!

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    I really need to find a good sharpening technique and equipment. Well for that matter, a nice knife too lol The one I have now doesn't seem to hold an edge worth dick.
     
  3. Jan 18, 2012 at 3:30 PM
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    chris4x4 [OP] With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Fiind some stones and practice. I got some stones a few years ago, and practiced on some shit knives, and honed my skill.....so to speak. I watched a few Youtube vids, and did more practice. Now, I can get an edge sharp enough I can shave my arm.
     
  4. Jan 18, 2012 at 3:33 PM
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    xJuice My spoon is too Big!

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    That's awesome. I'd love to be able to hand my knife to someone to use and have to say "be careful." Any recommendations on stones?
     
  5. Jan 18, 2012 at 3:38 PM
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    For my professional knives I use a tri-stone with a specialy formulated stone oil, followed by a double-cut steel. Most are sharpened on a weekly basis. For my work/recreational knives I use a whet stone my father gave me years ago.
     
  6. Jan 18, 2012 at 3:39 PM
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    meatman I deal with dead animals

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    I just use a Norton 12 in. tri-stone oil stone, both home and at work. Been using that setup for 29 years. (crap! have i have been cutting meat that long:eek:) SIGH
     
  7. Jan 18, 2012 at 3:41 PM
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    Sucks to realize doesn't it? Been cooking for 28 years. Sometimes I really feel it in my feet and back.
     
  8. Jan 18, 2012 at 3:44 PM
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    My brother got me a Spyderco Sharpmaker and that thing will get your blades razor sharp. It is really easy to use too.
     
  9. Jan 18, 2012 at 3:45 PM
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    To sharpen my carving knives and chisels, I use a 12" square piece of granite flooring tile. On the smooth side, I spray glue a 1/2 sheet of wet/dry 400 grit sandpaper, on the remaining half I glue a 1/2 sheet of 600 grit. I use WD-40 as a medium, when done, I wipe it clean with a rag. When the papers wear out, I scrape them off and glue on new ones.

    I can literally use the sharpened blades to cut hairs with.
     
  10. Jan 18, 2012 at 3:46 PM
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    Ya it does! my back hurts more than my feet at 6'2" and all the equipment is made for shorter folks. It plays hell on my back
     
  11. Jan 18, 2012 at 3:47 PM
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    I dont know enough about them to be able to make a recomendation. The ones I have are about 50 years old, and were handed down to me.
     
  12. Jan 18, 2012 at 3:49 PM
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    Thats not a good way to sharpen. Using a grinder is bad for a few reasons. First, it over heats the blade edge, and that alone can cause the edge to not hold a nice sharp blade. Second, it creates small ridges in the blade. It may feel sharp, but its the ridges that make it feel like that. Once they wear down, you can tell the knife isnt sharp anymore. Useing stones takes patience to learn, but once you do, you can have a razor edge in 10 mins. And it will hold for a long time.

    I havent heard of that. I may check it out!
    Interesting. I was told that sand paper wasnt a good way to sharpen knives.
     
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    Yeah man you should. It only takes me about 5 minutes to get a dull blade razor sharp. I highly recommend it to anyone and it breaks down into a little case that isn't much larger than a TV remote which is pretty nice when you want to carry it in a bag etc.
     
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    I use a 4 stone system with a fine diamond stone to finish.

    Just got it a few months ago for my good knives, used to use a diamond kitchen sharpener....

    Practiced a bit, and now my SOG, benchmade, and cold steel are all shave capable
     
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    Perhaps it is technique, but this does very well for me. I have blade shapes that really require a true flat surface to finish them on. I often need to finish perpendicular edges. I find the granite holds up better that stone in that it does not yield to grooving and provides a larger working surface.
     
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    this is all you will ever need. well this and his strops a set of chosera water stones and diamond attachments coarse to super fine and you will have a mirror edge bevel that will literally look like chrome.

    this is the best sharpener i have ever used although it cost a lot its worth not killing the edge on my really expensive knives.
     
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    As a hunting guide I will tell you that you won't go wrong with knives of alaska.the boar hunter is a blade design I have grown to love. Its d2 steel so it holds an edge longer.I have been able to gut 7 to 8 350 lb pigs without having to re sharpen it.and I use it to cut through the rib cage. my record time gutting a pig is 34 seconds on a 280 lb, pig so let that speak for the knife. AS Far as a sharpener goes if you want a fool proof sharpener look into warthog sharpener. It won't eat you're blade like many other sharpeners and gives you the exact edge every time. And finally the best way to make that blade sharp as it will get, believe it or not, use the top of your truck window as a ceramic edge.it works like a charm.
     
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    ZTs, Striders, and these sharpeners....
    You love your knives! :jellydance:
     
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