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Sharpening FAQ

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by Joe Talmadge, Feb 10, 2003.

  1. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    I've used glue and grit papers on steel as well as on 2x4s.
  2. Bobson

    Bobson Well-Known Member

    Thanks for making this a sticky. Always admired dad's sharpening skills, but I never really picked the skill up myself. This is going to be a big help.
  3. Rowdy Raven

    Rowdy Raven Member

    Hey, have any of you all ever used a Warthog sharpening device? Saw them at a gunshow and they seem to work very well. Price was around a $100.
  4. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    A buddy of mine got a Warthog for fun (looks kinda Steam Punk). It works at putting a sharp edge on, but other systems have more versatility at a lower price.
    Last edited: Oct 6, 2012
  5. sm

    sm member

    A bit of humor if you will.

    Toilet tissue.

    Some of the gals at work keep a roll in work areas, to use to blow their noses. One day the comment was made as "they must have gotten this new stuff, cheap, as it is so rough".

    I made a smart aleck remark or two, and decided to strop a knife one of the gals has.

    I swear this stuff is "rougher" than 800 grit emery paper! *eek*
  6. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    slices news print without tearing it
  7. trikster

    trikster Well-Known Member

    I have 4 knives and a machete that I need to have sharpened. I am having a heck of a time finding a service locally. I have an electric sharpener for my cutlery, but my "tools" either don't fit or are too thick. I can usually maintain an edge, but it has been a long time, some of the edges have damage, and would like to have them sharpened properly. I had one knife done by a butcher, but excuse the pun, he butchered the blade. Took the temper right out of it.
  8. stevebot

    stevebot New Member

    New sharpening website

    Please note that users.ameritech.net/knives/ is no longer a valid URL
    Please change it to sharpeningmadeeasy.com.


    Steve Bottorff
  9. Schneider

    Schneider Member

    How to best communicate the idea of sharpening an (plain) edge?...

    Imagine that you're viewing the edge of an improperly sharpened blade under 100x magnification. It looks like thousands of irregular micro-serrations, which catch and tear more than cut, and get easily worn off.

    The goal is to smooth those out as much as possible.

    In this way, properly sharpening is the same action as polishing -- in principle. And it's the reason that the sharpest edges are the shiniest: by refining the scratch-pattern; by using a series of abrasive surfaces in progressively finer grits to reduce surface irregularities to the lowest achievable micron- or even sub-micron levels.

    I prefer the sandpaper method.

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    Last edited: Oct 6, 2012
  10. Lots of good info on sharpening in this thread. This is an area I need to get up to speed on. Now I have a lot of reading to do!
  11. ericp1

    ericp1 Member

    I use the Apex. It can make any edge razor sharp once you master it.
    Recurves and daggers do take a LOT of practice. Hardest to master is dagger with very hard steel.
  12. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

  13. stevebot

    stevebot New Member

    New developments in knife sharpening

    This thread has been idle for so long I forgot it existed.
    There have been a couple of important developments in the past few years, both from Edge On Up in Phoenix.

    First is an affordable edge tester, the PT-50 for about $150
    Second is a new stropping device, the SharpPad
    Edge On Up's website is edgeonup.com

    Disclaimer, I am a representative for EOU and sell their products. I am an independent reviewer. On my website sharpeningmadeeasy.com you will find dozens of sharpening devices reviewed and I have selected only a handful of the best to represent.

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