Right off the bat I need to thank Surfingringo. His post on how he reground his Pacific Salt inspired me to save three of my knives which had lost their tips from sharpening. Here is his original thread:
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Knife number one was my newly aquired Urban (wharncliffe). I sharpened it to a ridiculous angle on my Edge Pro Apex. The pointy tip was lost along with my interest in the knife. I know that sounds bad, but apparently a pointy tip is incredibly important to me. Who knew?
Here is what it looked like when I got started. Funny, the tip doesn't look too bad in this picture, but I wanted more. Lets get started.
I followed Surfingringo's advice and did everything he said. The tape started out as a guide and I was prepared to take off as much steel as you can see showing here. Once I got started I quickly realized that the tip would was getting repaired without removing all that much steel. I removed the tape and just eyeballed it.
I have a piece of glass that I use for sharpening with the Edge Pro, so I used it for the sand paper. I started with the 60 grit, taped it to the glass and went to work. For the 60 grit I was pushing pretty hard so having it taped down helped a lot and made progress easy. Once I got the blade looking like I wanted I moved up in grits on the spine of the blade just to get rid of the scratch marks. I moved from 60 all the way up to 600 grit sandpaper. When I was done, you couldn't see any kind of damage on the spine. Simply put, this is the easiest and most satisfying mod I've ever done. I'm a very happy camper.
So after the Urban was done, I started on my new Starmate. Another victim to the Edge Pro Apex. The blade is nice and sharp, but the tip wasn't as pointy as I'd like. I followed the same process as before and got fantastic results. I showed this one to the wife when I was done and she couldn't tell I did anything to it at all. She's got a pretty good eye for this stuff too.
The third knife is my new Paramilitary 2 CPM 154/S90V. I've sharpened this knife a couple times now. I've had a really hard time getting a mirror polish. I guess S90V is a hell of a steel as I haven't had much trouble with other steels since I got the Edge Pro. I've had a hard time enjoying this knife because it was so new, and the loss of the tip as described above seems to bother me quite a bit. But after today I've got the tip back and am enjoying the knife once again. This knife isn't a safe queen. I'm putting it to work everyday. I'll create a thread someday down the line describing my thoughts on the laminate if there is any interest in that. I know for the price, and the rarity of this knife a lot of you are probably thinking I'm crazy for doing this to my new Para. But I want to carry it, I want to use it. I have many knives that I consider grails, and none of them sit on a shelf. They all get used and enjoyed. Anyway, the pics..