TkoK83Spy wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:11 pm
How the heck do you guys cut stuff like that still slice paper no problem afterwards!? I can use a knife with M4 that's paper slicing sharp, go to work and cut through some tape, plastic banding and a bit of cardboard and it feels a dull and doesn't cleanly cut paper.
I've never reprofiled, just touch up the bevel at times and always the apex almost daily after use. Is there something I'm doing wrong while sharpening? What you guys are doing amazes me!
You will start noticing a huge difference when you remove the stressed steel from the apex and spend an extra minute doing light strokes at the end.
The sharpening was extra simple. I was using the $15 worksharp sharpener with a small strip of 325 grit CBN on one side and a small ceramic rod on the other. That's it. The CBN is ultra-agressive, and I am starting to like ceramic rods more and more (I'm not as experienced with them as most people here, I have only used DMT stones for 20+ years, ignorant to the vast majority of sharpening products available). As soon as you think you're done, spend another full minute doing ultra light alternating passes on the rod (or stone, or strop, etc). If you have removed all the stressed steel and formed a clean, symmetrical apex, you will be impressed with the edge retention. It may seem like a new steel.
I cannot believe how much pressure I had to put into cutting the cord. At least 50-60lbs of force as I had my hand over the spine of the knife using my body weight to press down, attempting to push cut it. I even told a coworker that the purple knife (s110v Military) will probably receive zero edge damage while the black one (XHP Recon 1) will absolutely need sharpening. I started off bragging on s110v and ended up with a new respect for XHP. He got to see the shock in me when the Recon 1 shaved every hair in one pass (the base, the belly, and the tip). Both apexes were extremely keen and held up exceptionally well for bevels that were very slightly convex (freehand) ranging from an estimated 15-18dps.
I'm not really becoming that much less of a steel snob, but I am certainly keeping an open mind and giving all steels a fair shake before removing them from my potential list of favorites. I am also taking my time sharpening more often. I usually like going fast, but now I'll occasionally do a number of ultra light passes that seem unnecessary. I enjoy constant experimentation. It relieves some of my ignorance and it's flat out fun.