Trying SE for the first time on a Byrd ?

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Re: Trying SE for the first time on a Byrd ?

Postby Capt'n Boatsalot » Wed May 11, 2022 7:56 am

Ramonade wrote:
Tue May 10, 2022 7:10 pm
Capt'n Boatsalot wrote:
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Ramonade wrote:
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Something like 20 passes/side on the corners of the fine rods ands it's screaming sharp again.
Hi Robin,
I was looking for clarification on this point. I usually sharpen my SE Spydercos with the corner of a medium rod. However, I usually only sharpen the side that the serrations are ground on, and not the "back side". I treat it as if it were chisel ground.

Should I be sharpening both sides?

Also great pictures showing the SE Delica and the SE Meadowlark. Those are stunning!
My bad, I didn't express myself correctly! With SE i don't know how fast it'll create a bevel on the other side of you do alternating passes. After an advice from Sal, I've only been using the white fine rods.
And I usually only makes passes on the ground side, but i stop every 2 or 3 passes to inspect the edge and see if a burr is forming in the other side. If I detect anything, I make 1 or 2 passes on the other side.
When I do these, i take the most acute angle possible while still hitting every points of the edge.

(Might not be a really explicit answer, it's 3am here!)
Really appreciate the clarification. I understand what you're saying. I'll try the white fine rods next time I sharpen SE, and will also be watching for a burr forming on the unground side. Thanks!!

ETA: I think I'm going to get a Meadowlark Hawkbill SE for myself. I've got plenty of SE Spyderco, but no Hawkbills. And this is such a specialized use case, that I think I'd like to first try it in a Byrd to see if I even use it (plus a good reason to try a Byrd). I will also grab a regular PE Meadowlark for a buddy who is getting into knives, but isn't familiar with Spyderco. Seems like a great intro.
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Re: Trying SE for the first time on a Byrd ?

Postby sal » Wed May 11, 2022 3:28 pm

Thanx Robin,

I think that system is the best. Works for me.


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Re: Trying SE for the first time on a Byrd ?

Postby Bemo » Wed May 11, 2022 8:24 pm

If I may be so bold, I would recommend a Harrier 2 over the Meadowlark for your buddy. It's just slighly bigger than the Meadowlark but the chamfered edges on the handle makes it so much more comfortable in the hand. I just wish they made a hawkbill with the Harrier 2 handle. Such great values these new Byrds, just loving the wharnie versions.

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Re: Trying SE for the first time on a Byrd ?

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Re: Trying SE for the first time on a Byrd ?

Postby bjz » Sun May 15, 2022 3:55 pm

As said above, I would also toss in my recommendation for the harrier! Unless your buddy is restricted to the shorter knife, the harrier is just a couple millimeters longer but gets you a bunch more usable edge length, and what I consider a handle more comfortably sized for a wide range of hands. If you are going for the frn version, the harrier has soft rounded edges, less rough “grip” due to closer spaced traction pattern, no plastic jimping and such. And overall, the harrier feels sturdier with better action for only a couple $$ more, literally.

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