Sharpened and stropped the Bradley, came out wellEvil 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.
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.dbcad wrote:Sharpened and stropped the Bradley, came out well
If stropping I would suggest looking up some techniques and best practices. It is a different animal when compared to stones.
Keep 'em sharp
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.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
My little ambitious takes a hair shaving edge as well. Best $25 I have spent!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.
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.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
You know what you're trying to do and realize that sharpening is a never ending quest to reach the ultimate edge An edge that is really unobtainable in the real world. We can only get as close as we can
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...
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.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...
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