Sharpening Stones........How do you sharpen your knives?

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Sharpening Stones........How do you sharpen your knives?

Post by Miller Bro's » Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:01 am

Anyone who actually uses a pocket knife has to eventually sharpen it.

So the question is, how do you do it?

Myself, I do it the way my father taught me, I use a good sharpening stone.

A few drops of oil about a 20 degree angle and in no time it`s sharp.

Pictured below are a few of the many old sharpening stones I have. The small one is a hard Arkansas stone and the larger one is a Washita stone.
Both of these were sold by Buck knives. they work well and will last for many years.
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Re: Sharpening Stones........How do you sharpen your knives?

Post by Owd Wullie » Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:19 am

I use a variety of stuff..

I've got huge old Norton "tri-hone" and a fancy schmancy Catco dealie that works like a hose. It's one of those rigs that has the guide to set the angle for you and keep it constant. Most of the guys at work bring me their knives to sharpen. LOL

I also use the element from a sodium light to touch up an edge. It's made from synthetic quartz. Works as good or better than a crock stick. I get 'em from the overhead street light guys when they change the bulbs. I bust the bulb and pull that filament. Been meaning to get me handful an offer 'em out to the crew, but haven't had time lately. When I get some I'll let everybody know and do what I can to spread some around. OR if ya can't wait to try one, catch the road lighting guys when they're changin out the bulbs on those big overhead street lights and ask 'em if they'll give ya a burned out bulb or three. ;)

I used to have a large chunk of the ceramic nose cone from a SPARROW III air to air missile. That thing was GREAT to sharpen a knife. My old Buck has spent a lot of time on that thing. It disappeared about 20 years ago. :(
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Re: Sharpening Stones........How do you sharpen your knives?

Post by BIGHEAD » Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:44 am

I usually use a diamond stone.

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Post by philco » Wed Jul 29, 2009 2:46 am

I have a Smith's tri-hone that I use most frequently to sharpen knives. I seldom use the coarse grit stone. The medium and fine stones see most all the action. I have recently bought a Smith's diamond hone with medium and fine grit sides. It is small, about four inches long. It does pretty well, but I like the old traditional Arkansas stones better, probably because that's what I'm used to.
I use a set of crock sticks to touch up between full sharpenings and also to finish off after I've sharpened with the stones or diamond sharpener. If I'm going for ultra sharp, I'll strop the blade on an old leather belt I keep for that purpose.

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Post by knife7knut » Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:07 am

I've been using a Smith's diamond stone for about as long as they have been producing them.I normally use the fine grit but will occasionally use the coarse grit if the knife I am doing is really dull.I originally bought one to use on a custom knife I bought made of O1 that resisted virtually all attempts to re-sharpen with a normal stone.Found that it worked great on 440C as well.
Bought a Smith's folding tapered diamond stick for doing serrated knives and it works great!
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Post by johnny twoshoes » Wed Jul 29, 2009 3:15 am

My dad always used a Lansky he taught me and my brother how to use it with out marking
the blades but I just can't get it right :oops: so my brother sharpens my nicer carry knives.

I sharpen my work knives and I'm currently sporting a little cut thanks to carelessness :oops:

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Post by Unk » Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:07 am

I use a Spyderco Sharpmaker. It gets'em sharp enough to shave arm hair, which is sharp enough for me. It is also idiot-proof, which lines up perfectly with my intellect.

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Post by Miller Bro's » Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:28 am

Here is a relic grandpa used to use.

Hand crank water stone! 8)






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Post by Cowboy7130 » Wed Jul 29, 2009 4:32 am

Wow! That is a cool old water stone! 8)
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Post by philco » Wed Jul 29, 2009 6:36 am

My grandpa had a foot pedal powered grinding stone. You sat on the little seat and worked the pedals with your feet as you sharpened your knife, or hoe or axe or whatever else you needed to sharpen.................... Sure wish I had that today. :)
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Re: Sharpening Stones........How do you sharpen your knives?

Post by rayban » Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:07 am

I just bought a set of paper wheels and I'm really liking them. I've tried various means of sharpening and I've never been satisfied with the outcome....maybe I just didn't put enough time into it, but these wheels make short work of it, and they make me look like I know what I'm doing! ::tu::

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Post by Darksev » Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:19 am

for me, an Apex to set my initial bevels should they need adjusting or correction. those nice big waterstones make quick work of just about any steel, and it's pretty idiot-proof once you get the hang of it. For quick maintenance I have a spyderco Sharpmaker, and an extra Ultra-fine rod for it makes double duty as a ceramic hone

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Re: Sharpening Stones........How do you sharpen your knives?

Post by carvin don » Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:01 pm

Like I told Philco awhile back, sharp tools are for sissies...push harder.

I usually just scrape my tools across the sidewalk or curb, good coarse grit for hogging off alot of steel. :wink:

After using stones for a long while, I decided I wanted to spend more time carving and less time sharpening, so I have used power for the past few years (really makes re-profiling a tool much faster) ::tu:: I'll never throw away my diamond stones though ::tu::
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Post by rayban » Wed Jul 29, 2009 1:14 pm

Don, we gots to get you some wheels!!
Do all those puppies turn at once??!!

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Re: Sharpening Stones........How do you sharpen your knives?

Post by redferd » Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:06 pm

I have been using a Smith's diamond rectangular metal pocket...I cannot say "stone". But it's a metal bar thing that came in a leather pouch. Very fine grit on one side and nothing on the other side except some overspray of diamond dust. I use that side a lot to put a razor edge on my knife. ::shrug::

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