First attempt to sharpen a blank

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First attempt to sharpen a blank

Post by JonTerry » Mon Sep 19, 2022 2:05 pm

Hi guys,

Wondering what your thought would be on the photos here.

It’s my first time putting an edge on a blank so be gentle but any advice would be great.

Cheers JT
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Re: First attempt to sharpen a blank

Post by Samb » Mon Sep 19, 2022 2:07 pm

Looks like you did a great job on it to me!

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Re: First attempt to sharpen a blank

Post by Railsplitter » Mon Sep 19, 2022 2:28 pm

I like it too.
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Re: First attempt to sharpen a blank

Post by Madmarco » Mon Sep 19, 2022 4:14 pm

Me three Jon, and I know absolutely nothing about sharpening a blade properly! 8)
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Re: First attempt to sharpen a blank

Post by CluelessNick » Mon Sep 19, 2022 4:36 pm

Looks great. Did you use a Lansky?
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Re: First attempt to sharpen a blank

Post by JonTerry » Mon Sep 19, 2022 4:47 pm

CluelessNick wrote:
Mon Sep 19, 2022 4:36 pm
Looks great. Did you use a Lansky?
Cheers mate I am kinda happy for first attempt.

As the blank had no edge/angle at all, I started with the bench grinder to get an angle, then a Precision Adjust...........same same but different.

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Re: First attempt to sharpen a blank

Post by CluelessNick » Mon Sep 19, 2022 5:11 pm

Wow I'd be scared of a bench grinder but whatever works I guess. I had a couple of knives with unsharpened blades that the diamond stones on a Lansky worked great for. You dd a good job on that.
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Re: First attempt to sharpen a blank

Post by cudgee » Mon Sep 19, 2022 9:39 pm

You have done a great job, i would not have the confidence to start with any sort of grinder, you are obviously competent using one. ::tu::

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Re: First attempt to sharpen a blank

Post by Dinadan » Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:57 am

That looks good, JT. I recall reading that the factories had special milling machines to cut those blanks into blades. Seems like keeping the blade from getting too hot would be an issue - any problems with that?
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Re: First attempt to sharpen a blank

Post by Reverand » Tue Sep 20, 2022 3:22 am

That looks perfect to me!
I have used a belt sander (320 to 400 grit) to sharpen blanks, but never a bench grinder.
As far as heat buildup, I always keep a cup of cool water to cool the blade.
If it feels hot to the fingers, it gets dipped!
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Re: First attempt to sharpen a blank

Post by JonTerry » Wed Sep 21, 2022 6:33 pm

CluelessNick wrote:
Mon Sep 19, 2022 5:11 pm
Wow I'd be scared of a bench grinder but whatever works I guess. I had a couple of knives with unsharpened blades that the diamond stones on a Lansky worked great for. You dd a good job on that.
Ha I was kinda scared of destroying the Blade, since they are hard to get now :lol:
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Re: First attempt to sharpen a blank

Post by JonTerry » Wed Sep 21, 2022 6:35 pm

cudgee wrote:
Mon Sep 19, 2022 9:39 pm
You have done a great job, i would not have the confidence to start with any sort of grinder, you are obviously competent using one. ::tu::
Cheers Mate,

I defo need to get a Belt Sander, my Girlfriend is getting me a Ken Onion for Xmas but it might not be up to the job ???
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Re: First attempt to sharpen a blank

Post by JonTerry » Wed Sep 21, 2022 6:37 pm

Dinadan wrote:
Tue Sep 20, 2022 12:57 am
That looks good, JT. I recall reading that the factories had special milling machines to cut those blanks into blades. Seems like keeping the blade from getting too hot would be an issue - any problems with that?
Hi Mel,

No real problems with heat really,

It did get hot at times but minutes before I was sharpening some Chisels on oil stones and the stone was still covered in oil, so every time it got hot I quenched it a bit on the oil, this cooled it enough to carry on after a wipe with a rag.

I am kinda making up the process as I go, as this is all new to me ha !!!
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Re: First attempt to sharpen a blank

Post by JonTerry » Wed Sep 21, 2022 6:38 pm

Reverand wrote:
Tue Sep 20, 2022 3:22 am
That looks perfect to me!
I have used a belt sander (320 to 400 grit) to sharpen blanks, but never a bench grinder.
As far as heat buildup, I always keep a cup of cool water to cool the blade.
If it feels hot to the fingers, it gets dipped!
The Cup of water is a good idea !!!
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Re: First attempt to sharpen a blank

Post by JonTerry » Wed Sep 21, 2022 6:40 pm

cudgee wrote:
Mon Sep 19, 2022 9:39 pm
You have done a great job, i would not have the confidence to start with any sort of grinder, you are obviously competent using one. ::tu::
Also I should add, I have not used a Beench Grinder much , but I guess that being a tradesman for 30+ years gave me some control and confindence ??
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