Sidearms & Scatterguns  Recommend a Knife Sharpening Kit

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Twenty or thirty years ago a guy would set up at gun shows. He used a series of cardboard wheels impregnated with different grades of abrasives. I had him sharpen an old bayonet once. Took him about 90 seconds and it was scalpel sharp when he finished. He sold the wheels at the shows and in the Shotgun News. I was going to buy a set, but he was straight up and told me almost everyone burned a few blades when they started.
 

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    I have the apex with grits to 1200 stone and 2000 tapes. I don't have the time for stoning but I need razor sharp for getting the job done as a commercial fisherman. With the proper angle for the blade I can go a week with 2 fillet knives and a heavy blade for chopping. I do some chefs blades when they start to get too thick.
    No heat so the temper never changes. Truly the best system I have used for perfect edges every time with the least amount of time expended.
     
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    Another vote for Wicked Edge. One of the things I like about it is my knives range from 15 to 25 degrees and it takes just seconds to change angles using the angle gauge.
     

    myronman3

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    Never watch a technician work on your truck.
    i’ve seen knives destroyed by people using machines to attempt to sharpen them. No thanks. I’ll keep my blades on stones and steels.

    Some blades, ive seen systems like th worksharp do fine on. But i’d never run a knife i really cared about on one of those things or anything like it.
     

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    Truly the best system I have used for perfect edges every time with the least amount of time expended.
    i’ve seen knives destroyed by people using machines to attempt to sharpen them. No thanks. I’ll keep my blades on stones and steels.

    Some blades, ive seen systems like th worksharp do fine on. But i’d never run a knife i really cared about on one of those things or anything like it.


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    Aint no issue here. All my knives are hair popping sharp....when you touch your arm with them, the hair pops about 3 inches off my arm-from the tip along the entire cutting surface. All with a kitchen steel and a leather belt.

    I just hate seeing advice out there that can lead a person to ruin a nice knife. With a bit of practice, any fool can get the same results as THIS fool.
     

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    Aint no issue here. All my knives are hair popping sharp....when you touch your arm with them, the hair pops about 3 inches off my arm-from the tip along the entire cutting surface. All with a kitchen steel and a leather belt.

    I just hate seeing advice out there that can lead a person to ruin a nice knife. With a bit of practice, any fool can get the same results as THIS fool.

    It is refreshing to see somebody is using their kitchen knives and a butcher steel and strop to educate the masses. Barbers having been doing this too with the strop. I think for a long time. Not that there is anything wrong with that.
     
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    There are times where i’ve had a knife that i’ve lost the edge on, and sometimes struggled to find the proper angle and re-establish it; that i’ll admit. But i have to say, the steel i use is very benign....in looking at it, one wouldnt think it wouldn’t accomplish much at all. But the damn thing works. Nothing special, it came with a chicago cutlery set i got in 97 when i made the second biggest mistake of my life. No diamonds, no special nothing....just a plain jane kitchen steel.
     
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    Milo 2.5

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    I bet there has been more sharpening systems, especially stones, that have hit the trash can than vortex scopes.
    And we all are acting like we will get points if the op chooses our method.
     
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    I don't pay attention to what the OP decides. I'm just in it for the trolling. @Bender is the biggest troll and I'm just leaving my mark in case he sniffs his way down this alley. Really, Milo? You consider this competition? I look at it like you got man toys and I have tools. That's all. You should know this by now. Check out the recent thread where the OP bought himself a dandy Yankee custom knife to go with his dandy six shooter. The pair will never see the light of day and if he had a dream and saw himself sitting next to Wild Bill, well, Bill would laugh and order his new friend a Sarsaparilla.
     
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    A ceramic rod will take care of 90% of your sharpening. For more serious work, I use a 1" belt sander with belts at 400/800 grit, 30/15/9 micron and leather belts with green and black compound. I also have courser belts for reprofiling, something you can't do with a sharpening kit. Holding an angle is not an issue. Practice with a cheap knife and you get the hang of it pretty quickly.
     

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    I don't pay attention to what the OP decides. I'm just in it for the trolling. @Bender is the biggest troll and I'm just leaving my mark in case he sniffs his way down this alley. Really, Milo? You consider this competition? I look at it like you got man toys and I have tools. That's all. You should know this by now. Check out the recent thread where the OP bought himself a dandy Yankee custom knife to go with his dandy six shooter. The pair will never see the light of day and if he had a dream and saw himself sitting next to Wild Bill, well, Bill would laugh and order his new friend a Sarsaparilla.
    LMAO, I actually know Bender, and his work is top shelf. I have a 1" Delta belt sander, ass of belts, I used it quite a bit to reprofile woodturnig tools, and can sharpen a knife with it, I choose not to. I look at my WE as more of a crutch than a toy, one I wont be giving up, ever.
    But you need a snickers bar, pm your address and I will ship you a case.
     
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    What did I miss? Milo is a top shelf asshole. He has lived long enough to know his way around sharp things and other stuff that goes boom. I even met the bastard when some retards decided to put on a shoot a couple of years ago up north on a ranch with a shit ton of wind. It was a miserable day but fun. Especially when we used a horse trailer With literal shit on the floor and a table for registration. Good ol Wyoming way to weed out the pussies. Lmao.
     

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    What did I miss? Milo is a top shelf asshole. He has lived long enough to know his way around sharp things and other stuff that goes boom. I even met the bastard when some retards decided to put on a shoot a couple of years ago up north on a ranch with a shit ton of wind. It was a miserable day but fun. Especially when we used a horse trailer With literal shit on the floor and a table for registration. Good ol Wyoming way to weed out the pussies. Lmao.
    Goddamnit Bender, these guys think I am a great guy, you could have sugar coated it just a bit.
     
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    I sharpen knives every am. It's all about angles and intended use for that blade. Ive tried alot of the shit mentioned in this thread. Get some Arkansas stones and a good steel, like an F. DICK elliptical.
    My Mexican employees use a black pavestone paver and water, then a good steel. Their shit is sharp all day. Different angles for different jobs. If you are serious, forget all the toys.
    Not shitting on anybody, just passing along what I've learned.
     

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    Was over in the Semi Auto forum and thought: what if I click on New Posts? and it led me to this thread. You guys are a hell of a lot more entertaining than, say, the 6.5 Grendel posters, just sayin'.

    Here's a legit question. Found my way to this set, which looked like a decent deal: https://www.sharpeningsupplies.com/Ultimate-Oil-Stone-Kit-P320C100.aspx. This set up includes an Arkansas soft and an Arkansas hard stone. No way for me to judge the quality of the products, just seems a good combination of tools given the discussion in this thread.

    Separately, they also offer what they call an Arkansas Hard Black stone. Would you expect with some practice that the hard/soft set would be sufficient for most purposes (Gerber field knife, folding Benchmade for example), or is a Hard Black stone a good thing to add?

    Most of what I know about sharpening knives comes from reading this thread, so looking for advice.

    Thank you.
     

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    Was over in the Semi Auto forum and thought: what if I click on New Posts? and it led me to this thread. You guys are a hell of a lot more entertaining than, say, the 6.5 Grendel posters, just sayin'.

    Here's a legit question. Found my way to this set, which looked like a decent deal: https://www.sharpeningsupplies.com/Ultimate-Oil-Stone-Kit-P320C100.aspx. This set up includes an Arkansas soft and an Arkansas hard stone. No way for me to judge the quality of the products, just seems a good combination of tools given the discussion in this thread.

    Separately, they also offer what they call an Arkansas Hard Black stone. Would you expect with some practice that the hard/soft set would be sufficient for most purposes (Gerber field knife, folding Benchmade for example), or is a Hard Black stone a good thing to add?

    Most of what I know about sharpening knives comes from reading this thread, so looking for advice.

    Thank you.
    Looks to be a great way to learn. Practice is the name of the game. The hard black would be helpful on a Benchmade IMHO.
     

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    now ya see, many years ago, when i was 19, i bought one of the lansky’s. fucking never worked for shit. one on one knife i had. maybe my leatherman tool....but none of the others. i bet it’s still sitting in a drawer somwhere....i will try to remember looking for it tomorrow....so i can throw it out.
     

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    The Complete Guide to Sharpening, by Leonard Lee, and a 20x jewelers loup helped me more than any sharpening jig. YouTube also has a few great tutorials on sharpening.
     

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    now ya see, many years ago, when i was 19, i bought one of the lansky’s. fucking never worked for shit. one on one knife i had. maybe my leatherman tool....but none of the others. i bet it’s still sitting in a drawer somwhere....i will try to remember looking for it tomorrow....so i can throw it out.
    If you find it, ship it to me, I'll get it in the same landfill as my Arkansas stone tri hone kit, and the ceramic stick ones.
     
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    Was over in the Semi Auto forum and thought: what if I click on New Posts? and it led me to this thread. You guys are a hell of a lot more entertaining than, say, the 6.5 Grendel posters, just sayin'.

    Here's a legit question. Found my way to this set, which looked like a decent deal: https://www.sharpeningsupplies.com/Ultimate-Oil-Stone-Kit-P320C100.aspx. This set up includes an Arkansas soft and an Arkansas hard stone. No way for me to judge the quality of the products, just seems a good combination of tools given the discussion in this thread.

    Separately, they also offer what they call an Arkansas Hard Black stone. Would you expect with some practice that the hard/soft set would be sufficient for most purposes (Gerber field knife, folding Benchmade for example), or is a Hard Black stone a good thing to add?

    Most of what I know about sharpening knives comes from reading this thread, so looking for advice.

    Thank you.

    It's all about polish and angle for the work you intend to do.

    I had a Lansky found it never worked for me. Might be shit stones they look to be some sort of man made ones.

    Now I'm finding Arkansas stones or ceramic rods can do it for me.

    I think my technique got better with practice.

    Recently I asked my old aged barber if he had any left ver strops from the straight razor days.

    He gave me this bad boy....



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    Probably the only thing ever made in the USSR worth a damn.

    Now when the knives need a freshen up I just polish them on the strop.

    No matter what the size of the knife that long piece of communist leather will work it from guard to tip.
     

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    I have been using the professional model Edge Pro for years. The kit I use runs $570.00. I suppose I could just sprinkle a touch of Fairy Dust on the back of an old leather belt and get the same results.
     

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    I have been using the professional model Edge Pro for years. The kit I use runs $570.00. I suppose I could just sprinkle a touch of Fairy Dust on the back of an old leather belt and get the same results.

    And you would have $570 to buy more ammo!