You bet I can JDJD Spydo wrote:I am sorry that I didn't answer your basic question on the last post but I think you sort of got the jest of it by what I said on the last post. That is another reason I touted the Spyderco 701 Profiles is that not only do I think that they do a much superior sharpening job on serrated blades but I also think they do a more precise and controlled sharpening job as well which in turn will make your blade last much longer too.
Albeit even with the 204 Sharpmaker you should be able to get at least 5 hard years of service from about any fully serrated Spyderco blade. Now if you were lucky enough to find a discontinued Spyderco fully serrated, stainless handled Rescue model ( C-14 or C-45) I would say you would easily get 10 years out of one of them. And that would be considering using it daily. Unless you give the knife a lot of punishing jobs I seriously doubt if more than 1 out of 500 knife users would ever wear out one of Spyderco's premium serrated blades in less than 5 years. It would also depend on what handle material your knife would have. Obviously stainless handles would last longer than FRN handles would. And Micarta would also be a very long lasting handle material.
But in short I don't even think you would have to even consider longevity of the blade when you are considering a Spyderco. If you are wanting a premium, fully serrated bladed knife then Spyderco is the ROLEX, Cadillac of the production serrated knife world>> HEy SPYDUTCH YOU CAN BACK ME UP ON THAT ONE CAN't YOU
Hey BELL on those small spiky serrations you mentioned I have found that for touch ups you can use the corners of the 204 Sharpmaker stones and they really restore the spiky geometry quite well. That is one thing that I use the 204 stones for on serrations from time to time. Give it a try sometime I think you will be impressed. Try the gray/medium stones first then the fine or even the Ultra-fine if you have them. Good Luckbell wrote:OK if you are married to the Sharpmaker you will eventually blunt out the whole cutting surface. Let think outside the box. I say the blade will last as long as there is steel. Get your diamond rat tail sharpener rod and just file down the main serrations maybe once a year .5 to 1 mm, maintain the existing angle. Now use the Sharpmaker (fine) to polish off those large valleys. Never mind the small serrations. If you want razor sharp, use shoelace with some strop compound (Vampirewolf). Shazam, the SE will last a lifetime and be killer sharp.
I am curious about that, myself.Left Hand Path wrote:Basically I am curious if anyone out there has sharpened the same SE knife MANY MANY times with a sharpmaker, and what does the edge look like now? Are the serrations shorter or more rounded? Has performance been affected?
I just don't see that resharpening serrated blades can possibly be as simple as doing a straight blade, and I don't see how the teeth of the serration will not suffer from repeated sharpening.
it's funny you bring this topic on the table, Left Hand Path!
As I mentioned earlier, I just purchased an old, used EDC'd Police with a GIN-1 blade that obviously was sharpened more than once (and not always in the best way) on a sharpmaker.
I tried to sharpen it on my 204, too, but I must admit that my sharpening skills for serrated blades are POOR. It STARTS to get sharp, but I think it will be impossible for me to get it to pushcut paper ever again :-(
Anyways, I made some pics of the blade to show what 10 years of existance (NOT constant use for sure!) will do to a serrated blade.
I like this knife a lot (even more than I thought I would when buying it), but I'm afraid I would have to do an overseas shipment to Golden if I wanted the serrations nice an toothy ever again....
In pic 6 and 7, you can see what happens when you sharpen serrated blades like shown in the 204 video and not every serration separately...