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Knife Sharpener

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by Focker, Jul 22, 2023.

  1. Jul 22, 2023
    Focker

    Focker That's a terrible idea...What time? Staff Member

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  2. Jul 22, 2023
    Danefraz

    Danefraz Well-Known Member 2023 Sponsor 2022 Sponsor

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    I have an older one of these:

    https://www.worksharptools.com/shop/benchtop/ken-onion-edition-knife-tool-sharpener/

    It keeps all of the kitchen knives sharp.

    Pocket knives are sharp.

    one thing, i have a fixed blade i carry daily, with a thicker blade. Downside, thickness of the knife is excellent for all i need it for, but the sharpener wants to polish a little more than just the edge. I have applied cold blue to dress it up a little and it helps mitigate rust a little when it is wet out, it is a work knife not a show piece…
     
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  3. Jul 22, 2023
    Danefraz

    Danefraz Well-Known Member 2023 Sponsor 2022 Sponsor

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    And replacement belts are easily had on Amazon.
     
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    Mcruff

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    Tumbleweed

    Tumbleweed Senior member

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    I debated the Worksharp products but wanted to do more. I bought a 1" combo belt sander and disc sander from Home Depot. Got a variety of belts from 50 grit up to 600 grit. Then ordered a knife guide for it. I wanted to be able to sand walking sticks and other wood products also. The knife sharpener guide is not as accurate as some but is adjustable from 17* up to about 25*. Smaller knives like pocket knives you have to copy and hold the angle manually. Every knife we have is now razor sharp, and we have a wood sander. They make a leather stropping belt that fits it but have not ordered it yet.
     
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    PeteL

    PeteL If it wasn't for physics, and law enforcement... 2024 Sponsor 2023 Sponsor 2022 Sponsor

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    Knife sharpener... or knife grinder???

    A Washita stone is what I like the best for fine-honing all my wood working edge tools, and pocket knives. I use a lot in my work.

    But Norton closed the mine, and the genuine Washita stones have become very expensive.

    However butchering and for most meat, a simple bastard file works well. A slightly ragged edge actually works better than a shaving edge.
     
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  8. Jul 22, 2023
    danielbuck

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    I use an old Lansky setup similar to this: https://lansky.com/products/dlx-5-stone-system/

    It does take a little while, but I'm fine with that. I just set up an afternoon, gather all the knives up, and sharpen all of them at once.

    Not as convenient as some of the quick kitchen sharpeners, but I've not had good success with them (the ones with the little stones in a V pattern that you pull the knife through). Maybe if it were used more often it might work better, but if a knife is already dull, I've not had success with those quick ones.
     
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  9. Jul 23, 2023
    Focker

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    Thanks guys, I went to Sportsman's Warehouse today and found 3 Work Shop models I liked. I settled on one that is pretty much dummy proof. I sharpened all my kitchen knives and it was super easy.

    $50
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  10. Jul 28, 2023
    dozerjim

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    Now get yourself a leather strop on a spindle,chuck it up in a drill press and take the wire edge off and polish the honed edge....now thats sharp !
     
  11. Jul 28, 2023
    oldtime

    oldtime oldtime

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    Of the fixed angle sharpeners I expect the “Wok Sharp” is about as good as any.
    I also prefer the old school hand sharpening methods.
    But they generally require a lot of practice and skill to master.
    Yes the washita stone is a time proven favorite.
    But for even sharper edges the harder grades of novaculite are required.
    I do a lot of my sharpening on sheets of 400 to 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper.
     
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  12. Jul 29, 2023
    oldtime

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    1200 or 1500 grit will give a knife as super sharp edge. Good for touch and cut situations.
    Going to 2000 or 2500 grit and beyond is getting into the “crazy sharp” zone. Like You need to split some hairs or something.
    These grades of fineness will do you no good if you can’t maintain a steady angle. (Hours upon hours of practice required)
    That said, “Know” that edge angles matter.
    Too narrow of angle and the steel may not hold the edge. Too blunt and it won’t cut well.
    Angles are especially important for things like axe edges. Too narrow of angle and you end up breaking the edge on a frozen log. Too blunt of angle and you mash the wood fibers instead of cleaving out big chips.
     
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  13. Jul 30, 2023
    Jeepenstein

    Jeepenstein Me like Jeep..

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    I've always liked these..
     
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