Woodpuppy wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 01, 2018 2:59 pm
Thanks y’all. I have used the marker trick, even on the sharpmaker, for quite some time. Have 7x & 10x Hastings triplets. Yes, practice on less important knives. Just looking to see if others have found the guide wedges useful for practice. Since I use the sharpmaker almost exclusively, getting the proper angle is quite important to me. I’m not into thinning the blades out... yet.
I wonder if I wouldn’t be better off for now with a set of cbn rods for my sharpmaker. This would allow faster stock removal while sticky to my familiar tool.
I grew up teaching myself, more or less, how to sharpen knives on stones. This was back when we read the Live Sea Scrolls for entertainment.
I'd say for twenty or so years I was only so-so at it. I went to a KME for a long time and am now going full circle back to primarily freehanding.
1. It's okay to mess up. Don't be intimidated.
2. Angle reigns supreme but don't freak out about it. I know, contradictory in a sense but here's the thing, find the right angle for your blade. Use the marker to find the proper angle. Make a few strokes and then reapply the marker and make sure you have it. Then you're good. You can stray a little bit and your edge won't notice. It isn't terribly hard to maintain that angle once you have it. Muscles do not have memory. Your brain does and it picks it up pretty fast.
3. Go slow. Don't try to go fast when you're learning or even when you're first starting a sharpening session. Go slow. Observe, check the angle, etc. You'll get to a good edge faster by going slow and maintaining good technique than going fast with poor technique.
4. Form a burr. This will be controversial for some, but form a burr. When you have all the fundamentals down and can readily repeat results, then you can dive into the deeper world of to burr or not to burr. Form a burr. Then form a burr on the other side. Then work both sides alternatively.
5. Define sharp. For me, sharp is the blade will shave arm hair. From there it is just degrees of sharp. If your blade can shave arm hair, it is sharp. It doesn't have to whittle the hair on a flea's butt for you to be successful.
YOU CAN DO IT!!!
The other day here on the forum someone asked about ZDP189. Everyone raved about how easy it is to sharpen on simple SiC stones. I've read this many times around the internet. I only have one knife in this steel and ya know what? I can't sharpen it worth a **** on SiC. I'm not a bad sharpener. I don't know what my issue is. I honestly think my SiC stone is not for me and am going to look at some other brands. But, point being, just because I'm struggling with this one knife/steel, doesn't mean I suck. It just means there's something I'm missing. You'll run up against your own challenges and you'll sort them out.
Give it a try. You can free hand sharpen.