Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby JACK OF ALL TIRADES » Tue Nov 27, 2018 1:20 am

My newly learned method, after a lifetime of no method, and never a sharp knife, is simple. I have a new, HF cheapo, large, two sided stone and a older two sided and much finer one. Instead of running the knife on the stone I hold the knife and polish the edge with the stone. It seems easier to hold an angle and goes really quickly. I doubt my knives come out better than anyones here but they all turn out pretty well or better.

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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby AR Norby » Tue Nov 27, 2018 4:40 am

I use a Smith's 6 inch fine diamond hone mounted on wood block that I've used for the last 15 years. It never seems to shoe wear and puts a hair popping edge on pocket knives, fixed blades and kitchen knives.. I do also have a Smith's version of the Lansky system that I use if re-profiling is called for.
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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby OLDE CUTLER » Wed Nov 28, 2018 1:26 am

I use this crock stick setup after sharpening with the Lansky to remove the wire edge and really smooth things up. It will also touch up an edge that is still relatively sharp. When I first got it, I had to laugh at the printed instructions that came with it, especially the part about sharpening knives when drunk, partially drunk, or just drinking. But it probably is good advice for everyone sharpening no matter what method you are using.

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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby Nev52 » Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:55 pm

I like to free hand sharpen. I use a soft novaculite Arkansas stone to start. Then go to a medium novaculite Arkansas stone. Then finish with a black novaculite stone. After stoning I finish with a white strop compound. Green compound. Then finish with a red compound. You can lay the blade on a fresh tomato and cut thru with little pressure applied.

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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby Montanaman » Sun Dec 02, 2018 2:40 pm

I use a Sharpmaker for touch ups, but mostly all freehand on Shapton glass stones. I have and use also a set of DMT, Dan's black novaculite, Norton silicone carbide and Norton combination waterstone. I use an Atoma 140 for re-profile and stone flattening.
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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby Rotten » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:43 pm

I use the Edge Pro simply because no matter how long I tried I could not get the hang of freehand. My brother can freehand sharpen to an astounding edge and he tried to show me many times but it's just not in my stash of abilities. That said I find it easy to freehand maintain an edge that I've sharpened on the EP. I like to go 38 deg inclusive on most blades, it makes any touch ups while I'm away from home much easier.
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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby mrwatch » Sat Dec 08, 2018 11:55 am

At a Goodwill Store yesterday I bought a Smiths 50378 electric diamond sharpener. For $6.00. Just watched a YouTube video on using it.

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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby doglegg » Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:19 pm

mrwatch wrote:At a Goodwill Store yesterday I bought a Smiths 50378 electric diamond sharpener. For $6.00. Just watched a YouTube video on using it.

They gave it to you MR. Great buy. ::nod::

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Re: Sharpening systems, free hand, choices

Postby deltaboy » Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:46 am

I use Lanskey Crock Sticks and touch ups on the bottom of a coffee ☕cup! I got 2 large bench stones ,small stones and some Harbor freight Diamond ones I got for free. I also got a nice Ark Black barber's stone. ::tu::
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