D2 steel sharpening

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Re: D2 steel sharpening

Postby gringo » Thu Jul 05, 2012 11:07 pm

sorry tab if i sounded snottie...i am having a bad day.
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Re: D2 steel sharpening

Postby TAB2you » Fri Jul 06, 2012 3:33 am

No harm meant and none taken, sir. I have had those days! ::tu::

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Re: D2 steel sharpening

Postby orvet » Fri Jul 06, 2012 8:08 am

I started sharpening knives professionally about 1982. I learned on a Baldor ¼ HP 1720 RPM grinder with 150 grit composite wheel from Gerber Legendary Blades. I sharpened into the oncoming wheel and then deburred the blade on a hard felt wheel with a jewelers rouge compound (you NEVER deburred into the oncoming wheel)! :shock: ::paranoid:: :shock:

Later I learned to use a 1” belt sander, just like Kershaw uses in their factory (I have seen them do it).

Now days I use a 150 ceramic belt and then I deburr with a leather wheel with white jewelers rouge. I can sharpen anything from a tiny penknife blade to a lawnmower or planer blade.

The two critical things are 1- constant angle; for me this is muscle memory- doing it so many that I don’t have to think about the angle. The second critical thing 2- is when using the belt…….move at a constant fast speed even while changing the angle of a curved blade in relationship to the belt, in order to keep a constant angle on the blade. Go too slow, you WILL burn a blade on a belt sander!

Now days I do 90% - 95% of the knives I sharpen on the belt sander. If I need to reshape a blade and remove a lot of metal from a small area, I use a slow wheel that travels through a water bath to keep the blade cool.

Now, I don’t recommend everyone go buy a belt sander to sharpen their knives, Not a good idea! But, if you use any system for 30 years, you should be fairly good at it.

All that being said (not to put down you fellows who are having problems with the D-2), I STILL have an off day when I cannot sharpen a Popsicle stick! ::dang:: On those days I turn off the belt sander and wait until the next day when I can hold a consistent angle. If I let a knife stump me, or get in my head, I can’t ever sharpen it. So I wait until the next day when I am fresh and I can hold a decent angle and I start over.

There are certain knives I have had difficulty sharpening, but it is usually an angle issue (me not using the manufacturer’s angle) & not a steel issue.

Not sure if this helps you or not, but as long as I have been doing sharpening (30 years) and doing it professionally I still have a bad day now & again. ::shrug::
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Re: D2 steel sharpening

Postby TAB2you » Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:40 pm

Gents,

I want to follow up on this thread. I got to speaking with orvet after his excellent post on sharpening and he is a 1st class gent. We worked out an arrangement, he took pity on me and sharpened that d2. He noted it took a little longer than usual, so indeed there might be something unusual in the steel. However, he's a miracle worker, and I have a usable knife now. Thank you Dale. Thank you aapk for such great forums!

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Re: D2 steel sharpening

Postby orvet » Sun Jul 29, 2012 4:30 pm

No problem, just glad I could help! ::tu::
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Re: D2 steel sharpening

Postby wazu013 » Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:02 pm

Burke's Law ::tu::
This from a previous thread back in 2008.
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Re: D2 steel sharpening

Postby Daryl » Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:21 pm

I'm glad to have found this old thread.

I LOVE my Queen knives, but sharpening them??? OMG!!!

I'm not so good with a flat stone, so I use things like the GATCO Edgemate, and the angled rod systems (A.G. Russell, Lansky). On most knives, I have no problem obtaining the shaving-sharp edge that I prefer. On the Queens, though - ay, ay, ay!!!

I just bought a beautiful Joe Pardue Queen Canoe/Whittler, but its blades (untouched until me) weren't even close to sharp in my book. I've just spent the last three hours working on them. In the end, as much as I hate to do it, I resorted to using a WorkSharp with an extra coarse belt just to get a decent back-bevel. I hate doing that, because it's so easy to mess up a beautiful blade with a belt sharpener. Even then, though, I still only have a good edge on two of the three blades. It's crazy!

It's nice to know that I'm not the only one who's had this struggle.

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Re: D2 steel sharpening

Postby Daryl » Sat Feb 09, 2019 11:21 pm

wazu013 wrote:Burke's Law ::tu::
This from a previous thread back in 2008.
http://www.allaboutpocketknives.com/kni ... f=4&t=8936


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