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Tip Sharpening

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2002 1:00 am
by PsychGrad
I've been using my 204 to sharpen my navigator P/E for almost 2 weeks now. I've gotten the blade sharp enough to shave hair, but I can't seem to get the tip sharp. Does anyone else having this problem? Any suggestions?

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Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2002 6:38 pm
by bell
I have the same problem with Meerkat. One explanation is that these models do not have much of a point to begin with. One poster said that you cant just go straight down with the blade on the stone but must keep the blade edge level with the stone as you sweep down. This requires some twisting up of the wrist on the downstroke with a curved blade like navagator.

Posted: Fri Mar 15, 2002 9:01 pm
by vampyrewolf
For the best edge with the 204, keep your edge 90 degrees to the stone. This means with something like the harpy, you drop your wrist for the tip. For something like the wegner, you raise your wrist.

If you only need to touch/fix up a tip, for a upraised of straight tip, just push down on the last 1/2" or so of blade, don't even do the rest of it. I fix tips all the time for my friends.

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Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2002 6:18 pm
by Clay Kesting

It's most important not to let the point slide off the edges of the stone especially when using the corners, as this will round the tip. I sharpen the final section of the blade separately by sliding it down the flats with the edge square to the axis of the stone.


"The trouble is that you think you have time."

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2002 7:49 pm
by Rger No. 1
This may appear too basic in light of the previous replies, but I never let the tip slide across the stone. If I am using a stone at an angle, I may not quite get to the tip but when you are using the flat side it is very easy to stop the stroke with the tip still on the stone.
Hope this helps. Good luck.

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Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2002 8:02 pm
by Sword and Shield
All you need to do to maintain a tip is stop your sharpening stroke just before the tip. The residual action of pulling off the stone will sharpen the tip without rounding it off.

To restore a tip, use a fine stone as a file and slowly work the stone along the edge. This treatment will almost always bring the tip back.

Keepin' it real...real sharp, that is.

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2002 8:44 pm
by minimarc123
I just stick one of the stones in the bottom tray of the system and sharpen the tip in a swirly motion, as you would with a bench stone... just be careful not to make the agle to small or you'll start to sharpen the top of the blade (like I did)


Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2002 10:20 pm
by Knife Knut
I've been toying with the idea of getting a slipstone for my Cricket's tip.

Knife Knut on a shoestring budget.

Posted: Wed Mar 05, 2003 10:08 pm
by Knife Knut
I have a crock stick that works well for my cricket now, but I am now looking at waterstone slipstones for tuning up serrations. Unforutunately I am currently broke.

Knife Knut on a shoestring budget. <P>RKBA