JonLeBlanc wrote: ↑
Mon Sep 07, 2020 5:19 am
Love that bevel.
What's your sharpening setup?
Jon, I do most of my thinning out of the edge area with the Atoma 140 diamond plate, stopping just short of the edge apex. I check this with a loupe. Then I clean up the bevel with the 400, 600, and 1200 Atomas. Finishing stones are the 1200 OCB Venev and Spyderco 3”x 8” UF stone. I clean up the apex with a Sharpmaker microbevel. I make my own strops and usually do a couple of light passes on 3, 1 and 0.25 micron diamond emulsion sprayed strops.
That’s for the initial sharpening and bevel thinning out.
It probably sounds involved or overcomplicated, but if you enjoy sharpening, as I do, it’s a pleasant way to while away a bit of time.
After that, it’s a very quick and simple resharpening process to just use the Sharpmaker to resharpen. It literally only takes a few passes and a minute or two, including set up time to restore a screaming sharp edge, because the actual contact area at 30dps per side is only about 1mm wide. Works well for high carbide steels as well - less than 10 passes per side usually on any steel and they’re back to extremely sharp.
I was told by an employee there that the knives were "taken back from the distributor" and that this is the first time they've ever done this. They are not seconds nor defective in any way. I didn't press further, but reading between the lines, the knives probably had really poor sales and Spyderco did them a solid.
These knives are a hidden gem of a model for those who know how to do basic carbon steel maintenance.