Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby Steve Warden » Tue Jun 19, 2018 10:35 am

jerryd6818 wrote:
Steve Warden wrote:I now have the Lansky Turnbox 2D2C.

I just got one of those a couple of weeks ago. Haven't really done much on it yet.

Even handles the small blades many seem to have trouble with.
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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby Colonel26 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:07 pm

Steve, that looks a lot like the old Steamboat Sharpener I used to have. But it was 4 ceramic rods. Worked great for touch ups.

I’ve used other things. But I alyeRs go back to stones. I guess I’m just stuck in the (wait for it) Stone Age! Lol
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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby FRJ » Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:11 pm

Colonel26 wrote: I’m just stuck in the (wait for it) Stone Age! Lol



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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby terryl308 » Tue Jun 19, 2018 2:25 pm

Guys, I've probably got more sharpening "systems' than most and it seems like I always go back to my Norton 3 stones in oil system. I have a course , medium, and a hard Arkansas stone in it. works for me. Terry
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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby FRJ » Tue Jun 19, 2018 7:36 pm

That is a nice looking sharpening station you have, Terry.
That seems like a very worthwhile tool for sharpening as are the others mentioned. Of the systems mentioned, I like that one the best.

Personally, I've always been a fan of the loose stone. They are quit portable and you can use both sides and the edges if you choose.
Here are most of my "sharpening systems". :)
For the most part I like the water stones but any of these are available to me by a mere reach.
I wish I knew more about Belgium water stones. I think I have four of them. In using them I think I get remarkable results.
I hope my imagination isn't playing tricks on me. For all I know they could be chunks of some paving stone. ::facepalm::
I hope that's not the case.
It's nice to read others techniques.
Good thread. ::tu::
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Postby Cletus Awreetus » Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:15 am

I don't know about you guys but in my experience, there just are not a lot of people who have a clue about sharpening a blade. I mean people that hunt and fish, etc let alone just take on average kitchen duty. I think the sharpening systems available these days are great but make no mistake, they ain't magic. You really need a good working understanding of the way an edge is formed or you're setting yourself up for frustration and failure even with what appears to be the most fool proof system. I prefer free hand sharpening. It takes a lot of practice but to me is much more satisfying and let's face it, this is a hobby. I' must own 15-20 various stones and when I'm in the mood I'll happily do a 4-5-6 stone progression depending on the steel just because, I can. I've got a TSProf system that I use on recurves and other funky shapes and I love it. But I much prefer free hand sharpening. as others have said, to each his own. If you can make it sharp to your satisfaction, what else is there to say.
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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby KnifeSlinger#81 » Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:13 am

Cletus Awreetus wrote:I don't know about you guys but in my experience, there just are not a lot of people who have a clue about sharpening a blade. I mean people that hunt and fish, etc let alone just take on average kitchen duty. I think the sharpening systems available these days are great but make no mistake, they ain't magic. You really need a good working understanding of the way an edge is formed or you're setting yourself up for frustration and failure even with what appears to be the most fool proof system.


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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby Mumbleypeg » Sat Jun 23, 2018 2:33 am

KnifeSlinger#81 wrote:
Cletus Awreetus wrote:I don't know about you guys but in my experience, there just are not a lot of people who have a clue about sharpening a blade. I mean people that hunt and fish, etc let alone just take on average kitchen duty. I think the sharpening systems available these days are great but make no mistake, they ain't magic. You really need a good working understanding of the way an edge is formed or you're setting yourself up for frustration and failure even with what appears to be the most fool proof system.


I think you've got it exactly right Cletus.


True, but guys, it ain't rocket science either!

IMHO there's too many folks these days that are into instant gratification. If they can't master it in 5 minutes or less, many don't have the patience to learn it. They just quit and start looking for a machine to do it (or hire someone). JMO

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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby royal0014 » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:49 am

Cletus Awreetus wrote: I've got a TSProf system that I use on recurves and other funky shapes and I love it.

Had to Google that one. DANG that looks complicated!
Pricey, too .. ... .. :shock:
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Postby Lansky1 » Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:16 pm

One aspect that I don't thing has been bought up yet ... the Lanksy gets a perfect, I mean PERFECTLY shaped edge. No offense guys, but I can't imagine even the most skilled hand sharpener among us could get perfectly formed edges like a guided rod system can obtain. For practicality, it probably doesn't cut much better than a finely hand honed edge, but it sure looks better to me ...
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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby OLDE CUTLER » Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:37 pm

Lansky1 wrote:One aspect that I don't thing has been bought up yet ... the Lanksy gets a perfect, I mean PERFECTLY shaped edge. No offense guys, but I can't imagine even the most skilled hand sharpener among us could get perfectly formed edges like a guided rod system can obtain. For practicality, it probably doesn't cut much better than a finely hand honed edge, but it sure looks better to me ...


Right you are, I have used the Lansky since 1982. And as far as sharpening small pen blades, the blade clamp does get in the way sometimes. What I do in that case is don't use the blade clamp, but hold the blade with the cutting edge facing up and use the Lansky stone freehand while trying to keep a uniform angle. On small pen blades it doesn't take that much. I too like that very uniform width of the sharpen line you can get with the Lansky.
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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby Colonel26 » Sat Jun 23, 2018 4:26 pm

Mumbleypeg wrote:
KnifeSlinger#81 wrote:
Cletus Awreetus wrote:I don't know about you guys but in my experience, there just are not a lot of people who have a clue about sharpening a blade. I mean people that hunt and fish, etc let alone just take on average kitchen duty. I think the sharpening systems available these days are great but make no mistake, they ain't magic. You really need a good working understanding of the way an edge is formed or you're setting yourself up for frustration and failure even with what appears to be the most fool proof system.


I think you've got it exactly right Cletus.


True, but guys, it ain't rocket science either!

IMHO there's too many folks these days that are into instant gratification. If they can't master it in 5 minutes or less, many don't have the patience to learn it. They just quit and start looking for a machine to do it (or hire someone). JMO

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+1. I’m with you and Cletus, and Paul.

The Lansky thing is alright. But in my experience it ain’t “perfect”. Still have to count passes, you have to go in an up and down motion and its not going to be the same every time, rods bend and have to be straightened, and clamps get in the way. And in my experience it’s easier to round the tip of a Clío blade quicker with a lansky than freehanded.

I do use one occasionally, but I still prefer stones.
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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby OLDE CUTLER » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:55 pm

I think you are doing something wrong if you are bending the rods on a Lansky sharpener. And in the 35 years I have been using one I have not once "counted passes".
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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby Dinadan » Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:17 am

Jackh - any comments on the replies to your post?

Personally, I just use a stone and free hand sharpen. Until a few years ago I was not too picky about my stones and would just buy a combination stone at Lowe's or somewhere. Now I have switched to soft Arkansas stones and hardly ever use anything else. For my kitchen knives I use a six inch stone glued into a wood box: that gives me a bit more to hold on to and a bit more clearance for my fingers. For my pocket knives I usually use a four inch stone, either mounted on a paddle or just held free. I do count the passes: six to a side then switch for six on the other side, then switch again. Twelve passes on each side of the blade is good for my purposes, but then I do not try shaving with my knives.
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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby OLDE CUTLER » Sun Jun 24, 2018 2:32 am

Dinadan wrote:Jackh - any comments on the replies to your post?

Personally, I just use a stone and free hand sharpen. Until a few years ago I was not too picky about my stones and would just buy a combination stone at Lowe's or somewhere. Now I have switched to soft Arkansas stones and hardly ever use anything else. For my kitchen knives I use a six inch stone glued into a wood box: that gives me a bit more to hold on to and a bit more clearance for my fingers. For my pocket knives I usually use a four inch stone, either mounted on a paddle or just held free. I do count the passes: six to a side then switch for six on the other side, then switch again. Twelve passes on each side of the blade is good for my purposes, but then I do not try shaving with my knives.


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