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Good sharpeners and methods for knives and hachets?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by sleepyone, Apr 21, 2013.

  1. sleepyone

    sleepyone Well-Known Member

    I'm new to sharpening knives and hatchets, so what are some good sharpeners for shop and field use and also what sharpening methods do people like best?
  2. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

    I like freehand.
    For uniformity and ease of use Lansky a Gatco systems can't be beat.
    Good luck
  3. Beentown

    Beentown Well-Known Member

    Worksharp...works great. Paper wheels are nice also.
  4. P.B.Walsh

    P.B.Walsh Well-Known Member

    I tried the Lansky system and found it awkward to use, I get a better edge freehand than using the contraption, on the other hand, their stones that go with the system are very nice. I use those for freehand, the ceramic stone is really nice in there.
  5. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

  6. Baldy

    Baldy Well-Known Member

  7. DNS

    DNS Well-Known Member

    For knives I use an old boy scout stone. Stainless blades take a little more finesse and carbon no time at all.

    For hatchets, axes, and shop scissors I use a fine file.
  8. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    A Spyderco Sharpmaker is about as idiot-proof as it gets.

    I use one.
  9. JTW Jr.

    JTW Jr. Well-Known Member

    Yup , a sharpmaker and a nice ceramic rod for touchup and you will find yourself using the aggressive grits less and less.
  10. sleepyone

    sleepyone Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the suggestions. I looked at the Gatco and Lansky systems, and it looks very awkward to use and too many parts. I can see myself losing parts in the field.

    The Spyderco Triangle Sharpmaker looks promising as it has less parts.

    I really was hoping I could find a good whetstone that would handle all my sharpening needs.That might be asking too much since I have serrated blades also.

    Baldy, could I do serrated edges with the 8" DMT DuoSharp you recommended? Which of the sets do you have? The Website states "The fine/coarse or the fine/extra coarse stones are great stones to own if you're going to own just one stone."
  11. Bartholomew Roberts

    Bartholomew Roberts Moderator Emeritus

    The problem with the Sharpmaker is it only does 15 degree and 20 degree angles. Both of those are real common; but if your knife uses something different, you are going to be working a long time to raise a burr with the Sharpmaker's included stone. You can buy a coarser and finer rod to supplement the Sharpmaker; but then you start hitting the cost of more capable sharpeners.

    On hatchets, I have an Estwing and just use a 600 grit diamond stone and freehand it doing my best to match the existing angle. That is working well for me right now.
  12. sideforce

    sideforce New Member


    Best knife sharpener I've come across and used.

    Maintains the angle, easy to set up and use.

    Didn't realize I had so MANY knives until I started sharpening all of them :uhoh:
  13. Valkman

    Valkman Well-Known Member

    Yes out of the sharpeners I've tried - Sharpmaker included - the Wicked Edge system is by far the best and easiet to use. Of course it costs WAY more that the others talked about here but I'm very happy with mine.
  14. JTW Jr.

    JTW Jr. Well-Known Member

    Bader is faster ;)
  15. Valkman

    Valkman Well-Known Member

    Yep, I used to have one!
  16. Jotobo

    Jotobo Well-Known Member

    Which Lansky kit would a guy want to get, if that was the system of choice?
  17. Double Naught Spy

    Double Naught Spy Sus Venator

    Accusharp - $7-9
  18. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Well-Known Member

    6 inch mill basterd file.
  19. lobo9er

    lobo9er Well-Known Member


    This what I use a lot.
  20. Brin

    Brin Well-Known Member


    I use a 2x72 belt sander.

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