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What are you sharpening today?

Postby Zerimas » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:37 pm

I am taking a break from sharpening a whole bunch of my knives, and I am curious as to what everyone has on the stones/Sharpmaker/microabrasive film/etc. today?

My to-do list is as follows:
Caly 3.5 in Blue Super (putting a new bevel on it)
M390 Para2 (needs a little bit of a touch up)
Endura4 (also needs a little touch-up)
G-10 Poliwog (ditto)
Random VG-10 petty knife (dull from roommate abuse)
Moritaka 270mm Blue Super Gyuto (had to remove a small chip due to roommate abuse)

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Postby rg02 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:46 pm

SharPened my ambitious and touched up my Yojimbo 2 with my new ultra fine stone for my sharpmaker. Both can shave my arm now :D
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Postby Evil D » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:48 pm

Practicing stropping with my Para 2 DLC tonight, picked up a cheap leather belt and i have some polishing compound around here somewhere. If i like the results i might put some decent money into a stropping setup.
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Postby xceptnl » Mon Jan 16, 2012 2:55 pm

I am going to keep working on getting my microbevel just right on my Millie. Also need to strop up my H1 Dragonfly this evening.
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Postby JD Spydo » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:40 pm

I sharpen or fine tune hone something every day. This evening I'm going to fine tune hone my 2 current EDCs i.e. Benchmade Boguszewski Spike 640 model and my dearly beloved G-10, SE, ATS-55 Harpy :cool:

I'm also going to do a major sharpening job on my FB05 Temp 1 fixed blade because I anticipate doing a lot of work with it tomorrow.

Like I said I usually sharpen or fine hone something every day. I even carry one of my Spyderco "Doublestuff" stones with me all the time now ;)

To me a knife or any edged tool for that matter is only as good as it is sharp. I can't think of a more useless tool than a very dull knife :(

I encourage everyone to really learn the skill of sharpening. IT will truly pay you in many ways you never dreamed of.
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Postby dbcad » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:53 pm

Evil D wrote:Practicing stropping with my Para 2 DLC tonight, picked up a cheap leather belt and i have some polishing compound around here somewhere. If i like the results i might put some decent money into a stropping setup.
Sharpened and stropped the Bradley, came out well :D

If stropping I would suggest looking up some techniques and best practices. It is a different animal when compared to stones.

Keep 'em sharp :D
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Postby Evil D » Mon Jan 16, 2012 5:59 pm

dbcad wrote:Sharpened and stropped the Bradley, came out well :D

If stropping I would suggest looking up some techniques and best practices. It is a different animal when compared to stones.

Keep 'em sharp :D
Well i suck on stones too, but the good news is i really don't have any bad habits to break so i should pick it up fairly easy. I've stopped on a piece of cereal box with mixed results. I'm mainly looking to just remove any micro burr that my 2000 grit stone won't hone out.
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Postby Allen R. » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:12 pm

Sharpened my zt0350, any tips on how to get that recurve as sharp as the rest of the knife? Because right now im pretty pissed off about this knife and its lack of sharpness
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Postby dbcad » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:21 pm

I believe you are one of those mechanical naturals David, big assumption on my part but I have faith in you ;)

I could probably strop on carboard with a little compound now, but definitely wouldn't have tried it a year ago :o

You know what you're trying to do and realize that sharpening is a never ending quest to reach the ultimate edge :D An edge that is really unobtainable in the real world. We can only get as close as we can :)
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Postby razorsharp » Mon Jan 16, 2012 6:29 pm

touched up my m390 para :)

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Postby rondv » Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:22 pm

Allen R. wrote:Sharpened my zt0350, any tips on how to get that recurve as sharp as the rest of the knife? Because right now im pretty pissed off about this knife and its lack of sharpness
I had a Kershaw Shallot Damascus Blade, which is now at the bottom of the Coosawattee river, that had a similar shape blade and was a pain to sharpen. I found a narrow stone SM was the only thing to get it really sharp stroking from heel to toe. I could never get that shape blade sharp on a bench stone.

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Postby dem0n1k » Mon Jan 16, 2012 7:31 pm

sharpened my byrd caracara2 on the sharpmaker this morning whilst having breakfast :D the 8cr13mov & a wide relief edge make is so easy & quick to get "working edge" sharp. i'll be hacking up a heap of thick cardboard with it today so no point in getting it super sharp.
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Postby 1623 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:11 pm

I'm relatively new with regard to sharpening though I've taken to the Sharpmaker quite well I think.

I touched up my Persistence on the Fine and Ultra Fine stones; shortly thereafter it was gliding through phone book paper. I know some folks don't care for 8CR13MOV, but that little knife takes a nice edge and straight up cuts.
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Postby rg02 » Mon Jan 16, 2012 9:20 pm

1623 wrote:I'm relatively new with regard to sharpening though I've taken to the Sharpmaker quite well I think.

I touched up my Persistence on the Fine and Ultra Fine stones; shortly thereafter it was gliding through phone book paper. I know some folks don't care for 8CR13MOV, but that little knife takes a nice edge and straight up cuts.
My little ambitious takes a hair shaving edge as well. Best $25 I have spent!
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Postby Zerimas » Tue Jan 17, 2012 1:22 am

Almost done all my sharpening! I wasn't paying attention and went through all the grits, but still didn't completely remove the chips in my gyuto. Rawrg. Oh well, they'll come out in future sharpenings. I still don't have the bevel completely even on my Caly either, which is weird because I set it using a DMT angle guide and spend a bunch of time on 15 micron abrasive film.

I need to remember that I'll own these knives for the foreseeable remainder of my life. Therefore they don't need to be perfect today, right? :confused: I think I may be a little too obsessive about the sharpness of my knives.

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Postby Evil D » Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:10 am

dbcad wrote:I believe you are one of those mechanical naturals David, big assumption on my part but I have faith in you ;)

I could probably strop on carboard with a little compound now, but definitely wouldn't have tried it a year ago :o

You know what you're trying to do and realize that sharpening is a never ending quest to reach the ultimate edge :D An edge that is really unobtainable in the real world. We can only get as close as we can :)
Man...it's ridiculous. Just when i feel like i've reached the peak in what i can do with an edge, something new comes along and takes it to another level. I'm at the point with my Lansky where i honestly don't think a knife can be made any sharper using it...i can split hair (when my hand is steady enough). Now with this stropping, it's even crazier. I was trying to split my GF's hair last night but it just chops right through the hair as soon as i put any pressure on it. It gets to a point where i just don't know if getting any more sharp really matters...i know that sounds crazy but i'm starting to feel like unless i have a steel that can hold this fine of an edge longer that maybe it's like swatting flies with a sledge hammer lol.
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Postby JD Spydo » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:03 am

Evil D wrote:Man...it's ridiculous. Just when i feel like i've reached the peak in what i can do with an edge, something new comes along and takes it to another level. I'm at the point with my Lansky where i honestly don't think a knife can be made any sharper using it...i can split hair (when my hand is steady enough). Now with this stropping, it's even crazier. I was trying to split my GF's hair last night but it just chops right through the hair as soon as i put any pressure on it. It gets to a point where i just don't know if getting any more sharp really matters...


There truly is a science to the skill of "sharpening". Once you've gotten a blade so sharp to where you feel as though you are "parting the Red Sea" so to speak you get to a point to where you just don't want to use a knife unless it cuts like a laser. It's just amazing how easy it is to work with a super sharp blade made with premium steel and top notch handle materials.

Like I've said in the past>> anyone who works with a knife or any other edged tool and doesn't learn the skill of sharpening they are missing the entire reasoning behind it.

Also when you work with a premium brand of blade like Spyderco, Benchmade, Boker, Kershaw ect you start to realize just how disgusting and inferior most knives are. There is just something about quality cutlery that shows you the importance of using good tools.
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Postby phillipsted » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:26 am

I used my transparent blue Manix all weekend, so I'm going to re-bevel it tonight. I've been taking my edges down to 3micron on the 3M papers, then stropping on a leather strop loaded with 1 micron paste.

I'm thinking about taking this Manix a bit wider than I have been with my other blades lately. The last few I've done somewhere between 28 - 33 degrees. I'm thinking about beveling this Manix at 37 or so, with a 42 degree microbevel. I haven't found the "magic angle" for S30v based on my usage yet.

Keep on experimenting...

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Postby Evil D » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:31 am

phillipsted wrote:I used my transparent blue Manix all weekend, so I'm going to re-bevel it tonight. I've been taking my edges down to 3micron on the 3M papers, then stropping on a leather strop loaded with 1 micron paste.

I'm thinking about taking this Manix a bit wider than I have been with my other blades lately. The last few I've done somewhere between 28 - 33 degrees. I'm thinking about beveling this Manix at 37 or so, with a 42 degree microbevel. I haven't found the "magic angle" for S30v based on my usage yet.

Keep on experimenting...

TedP
I've come to the conclusion that ~30 or so inclusive is about perfect. It may not hold that edge as long, but a thinner edge will have better geometry for slicing anyway. No angle i've tried on S30V holds a hair popping edge any longer than the next, it pretty much loses that sticky edge as soon as you use it so i'd just assume have a thinner edge for less resistance and deal with sharpening it daily. So far i have yet to use S30V enough in one day that it completely dulled to the point that i noticed a major loss in performance. The worst you'll see is some chipping at 30 and that's only if you cut something like thick zip ties or you ding the edge.
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Postby Rwb1500 » Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:36 am

I've got an Endura that's all messed up I've been working on since yesterday.
I'll probably touch up the new UKPK, because I've been using it for 4 days straight. My workweek starts up again tomorrow, so I'll touch up my work Delicas too.


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