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Old 05-25-2019, 02:04 AM
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For many years, I have sharpened my own pocket knives and hunting knives with mixed results! After coming to this site and reading most of the threads, I realize that I am a total neophyte! Can someone recommend a good book with the different methods, devices, and proper ways to stone sharpen, steel usage, stropping, etc! Assume I know little to nothing! Thanks, Tom
Here is all you need to know about quickly putting a razor-sharp edge on your knives in a way that preserves your blades for the longest time possible. I got one of the original Warthogs 20 years ago and have been glad ever since. But be careful! When I say "razor-sharp" that is exactly what I mean.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=n-KKk3SY9n4
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Old 11-18-2019, 02:03 PM
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I just recently started using MDF wheels and polishing compound to sharpen everything.
Fastest and easiest way to maintain an edge on a blade.
I run three 3 inch diameter wheels in an electric hand drill.
Each disk has a different grade of compound on it.
Black, which is equivalent to very fine emery cloth.
Yellow, which is a hard metal polish.
White, for a mirror finish.
Quick, effective, shaving edge in about 60 seconds.

3 inch hole saw and a piece of scrap 3/4 inch MDF cuts the disks.



3 inch 1/4-20 machine screw, washers and nylok for spindles to fit the drill chuck.
Spin the disk at medium speed and 100 grit sandpaper smooths out the hole saw kerfs.
Apply compound to the edge of the disk and ready to go.
I clamp the hand drill to the end of the work bench, top of the disk rotates away from me.
Edge of blade away from me and run along the rotating disk/compound.
Think of it as a never-ending strop. Black compound for my axe, hatchet, machetes.
Yellow for chisels, hand planes, draw knife. White compound for knives.



Leaves a polished convex edge, just like extended stropping.


The video that changed the way I maintain my edges...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Shyts1_KKE

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Old 03-01-2020, 07:04 AM
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Work Sharp

Now, if you want something fast, this thing here is awesome...

Thanks, Gizzy! The Ultimate looks like a great tool for convex sharpening. Do you still recommend it or have you found something better?
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Old 03-12-2020, 02:12 PM
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Lansky.

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I would also recommend getting yourself a 10x loupe so you can see the edge. You can rub a stone on a knife all day, but if you cannot see if you have gone all the way to the edge, you will never get it sharp. The loupe allows you to keep using one stone on one edge until you have your new edge all the way to the edge. Then turn the knife over and repeat, working your way down through all the stones. I can sharpen mine in about 5 minutes to a razor edge.

Now, if you want something fast, this thing here is awesome...

http://www.worksharptools.com/sharpe...sharpener.html
Thanks for the heads-up, Gizzy! I have been using my Work Sharp Ken Onion with knife grinding attachment for a couple of days now, and I love it! It makes some hair popp'in sharp convex edges! It is also easier on my back and gets knives sharpened very fast. You saved me a lot of time and pain. My bad back and neck thank you!!
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Old 03-12-2020, 02:17 PM
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The Edge Pro by Apex is the best one I've found to cover all types of blade thicknesses / edges & what many of the better chefs use.
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Old 03-12-2020, 10:59 PM
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The Edge Pro by Apex is the best one I've found to cover all types of blade thicknesses / edges & what many of the better chefs use.
Personally, I would choose the Wicked Edge over the Edge Pro if I wanted to flat grind my knives.
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Old 03-15-2020, 01:22 PM
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I have looked at the Wicked Edge but good grief! $1,500?

I got the Edge Pro and I'm glad I did, though it does require more dexterity and coordination with your off hand, compared to the Wicked Edge. I like being able to quickly and easily draw the blade back when working out near the tip, to keep the angle perfect. You can't do that with a Wicked Edge.

BUT, it is work to keep the blade flat on its table, and some people will not be good at it, or will not like having to work at it. They will like the Wicked Edge.
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Old 03-15-2020, 02:39 PM
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I have looked at the Wicked Edge but good grief! $1,500?

I got the Edge Pro and I'm glad I did, though it does require more dexterity and coordination with your off hand, compared to the Wicked Edge. I like being able to quickly and easily draw the blade back when working out near the tip, to keep the angle perfect. You can't do that with a Wicked Edge.

BUT, it is work to keep the blade flat on its table, and some people will not be good at it, or will not like having to work at it. They will like the Wicked Edge.
$1500?? The one that I looked at was around $700. But that is expensive! I have not used any of them. I was just going by what I saw of them in the adds and a couple of Youtube videos.
I always sharpened my knives by hand on my stones before I bought my Ken Onion Work Sharp system. I have a Hall's Pro Edge Wet Hone system that I bought probably around 30 years ago. I cannot find a photo of it on the internet anywhere.
It has 3 stones arranged on a plastic rod holder in a triangular fashion that fits in a two piece plastic case. You fill the bottom case halfway with oil so that every time you change the stone that is facing up, the other two are partially in the oil. The case has cutouts on the long sides that the ends of the stone holder fit into to keep the stone that is facing up held in place to be used.
The stones are 2 3/8" X 11 1/8". A course, medium, and fine grit stone. When you are finished using it, you just fit the top piece onto the bottom piece and put it away so that it won't turn over and spill the oil out.
That is what I have been using for the last 30 years or so, and it works very well. But it takes a lot more time which means more pain for my bad back.
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Old 03-27-2020, 11:24 AM
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I have looked at the Wicked Edge but good grief! $1,500?

I got the Edge Pro and I'm glad I did, though it does require more dexterity and coordination with your off hand, compared to the Wicked Edge. I like being able to quickly and easily draw the blade back when working out near the tip, to keep the angle perfect. You can't do that with a Wicked Edge.

BUT, it is work to keep the blade flat on its table, and some people will not be good at it, or will not like having to work at it. They will like the Wicked Edge.
Well, I am now down to my higher quality knives, including my matching set of Damascus Bowie hunting knife and folder with stag handles. I have decided not to put convex edges on them for various reasons. And my Gerber Gator that I have had for 14 years that still has the factory edge on it.
The Gerber Gator is only for dressing game in case worse comes to worse. We are lucky this time that the Coronavirus has not hurt us too bad. But what about next time...??
I decided to leave the flat grind on them so I can easily sharpen them by hand if necessary. I think that I am going to try the Ken Onion Angle Set Knife Sharpener at Work Sharp. It is not very expensive. And I am thinking that a vertical sharpening system may be easier on my bad back/ neck than a horizontal sharpening system like my Hall's Pro Edge oil stones and a lot of other sharpening systems.
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