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So I sharpened a Buck 110

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by sm, Apr 1, 2012.

  1. sm

    sm member

    Dec 22, 2002
    Between black coffee, and shiftn' gears
    Old one.
    Steel was "harder than woodpecker lips".
    Sheath was in excellent shape.

    Here awhile back I had the pleasure and honor of meeting one of our female members of the forum. We had communicated via PMs for a bit, and she was near where I now reside, and we met up. Super nice lady and is "about what we are about".
    She does not post much, reads a lot, and for some reason was "taken by me" and hence the PMs.

    When we met, I made the smart-aleck remark I was probably older than her parents.
    Yeah, I am. I have come to accept this the older I get.

    She shared at the time we met, her grandpa was dying and he gave her a Buck 110.
    She knows I stay private, still asked if she could have an address to send it to me, to sharpen up.
    Actually she asked me "show off and give me your best, which I know you can do"

    Grandpa passed, the knife arrived.
    Honestly, I did not know what to feel or think. Perhaps sentiment got the best of me.

    The sheath was in excellent shape. The knife looked like it had been through hell and back. I was puzzled. She had related her grandpa "took care of tools" in our meeting. She had also shown me the Case Peanut and Sodbuster she carries and these were sharp.

    I. Had. Made. A. Mistake.
    In our meeting over a steak dinner with all the trimmings, including cheesecake and coffee...
    I shared I was a "honorary member" of the "150 club".
    Mentors are dead, still $150 to sharpen a knife, let me clarify, $150 per inch!
    I had "submitted" some offerings and deemed a "honorary member".
    Now, the fee is $200 per inch. I wonder if I can still do this...

    PMs informed me, storms come up and grandpa did what he had to do with the 110. Including letting loose some barbed wire to let horses and cattle run free.
    He did other stuff as well. He used the tool in hand to take of what needed taken care of .
    Then, he went down. Down before he could "take care of this tool". It bugged the fire out of him.
    He was down and went down so fast, well, taking care of this knife was not a priority and did not happen. Still he lay dying feeling bad about all this. Young lady assured him "I will take care of this".

    Just me, still I could "read" this grandpa and what all had gone on. I have been there and done that, more than once.
    I asked in a PM if he ever really used the sheath.
    No. Rarely. Most often in a back pocket, or on the seat of the truck.

    I started out taking care of the handles and bolsters. I don't have what I used to have for all of this, but then again I did come up under "apprenticeship" having to do by hand before I could use a "powered tool" .

    I went from "rough" to like new or better with the brass bolsters and handles.
    Various grits of emery paper, to Simichrome by Happich polish.

    The blade I started with a two mill bastard file, then a diamond file to take care of nicks, some quite severe, most likely barbed wire. I took baby steps, doing things by hand, various "tools-n sharpeners" I do have, until I got to using Simichrome on the back of a legal pad, then a index card with Simichrome
    One can read newsprint off the mirror finish finish of the finished edge.

    Our young lady member was estacic upon it return to say the least. She admitted she cried...
    "You are in the 200 club as far as I am concerned" she shared.
    (Referring to now it is now $200 per inch to sharpen a knife, as charged, and deserved by such talents and "craft-persons".

    No. No I am not. I have no problems admitting there are those much much better than I sharpening freehand than I.

    I admit to showing off, but my intent was to do what that Grandpa would have done, to preserve a memory and to share with another forum member.

    It was never about me, instead others. -me, inherited and instilled from Mentors.

    No, young lady member, don't thank me, instead it is I that thanks you.

  2. Sam Cade

    Sam Cade Member

    Sep 9, 2005
    Rural Kentucky, surrounded by Amish


    It's like a Bill Burroughs cut-up or something.
  3. JShirley

    JShirley Administrator Staff Member

    Dec 20, 2002
    It is said a picture is worth 1,000 words.
  4. xm21

    xm21 New Member

    Dec 2, 2008
    That's funny Sam Cade.
  5. kBob

    kBob Senior Member

    Jun 11, 2006
    North Central Florida

    Good on yah!

    If you noticed I meantioned reshaping a 112 that had the tip break off on the 112 thread.......woodpeckers wish their lips were that hard!

    When I was in High School I had an aquaientince that actually did hammer his Buck sheath knife through a nail several times. He eventually badly nicked it and sent it back to Buck and they did replace it. I did not think much of someone that would hammer a knife through a nail just to impress the other boys though.

    As to the grandpa abusing his knife... last year I had a horse with its foot through a fence about four squares up and back through the bottom square of fence. I know I should have had noclimb instead of feild fence, but that is how it is. Anyway the horse was sort of excited by this and I was in a hurry and what was at hand was a Spyderco Endura. I easily and with out problem removed three fence staples from the nearest post with the blade of the Endura.....unfortunately there were four staples and while I got the forth out I also lost the tip of the Endura which is decidedly NOT a pry bar or fence tool. The horse had minor cuts and bruises and I now make darn sure there is a fence tool in the truck at all times. Have not got around to reshaping the knife yet.

  6. kamagong

    kamagong Active Member

    Apr 20, 2006
    $200/inch to sharpen a blade boggles the mind. May I ask who uses these services? I know Japanese sword enthusiasts do, but their swords are as much art as tool. At the rate the $200 Club charges I can employ the talents of mastersmith Bill Bagwell, and he'll throw in a free Hell's Belle. I hope it doesn't sound like I'm begrudging anyone from making a good living; I'm just curious if these services are meant for museum pieces or if they also include using tools.
  7. Deltaboy

    Deltaboy Mentor

    Nov 21, 2008
    Great Story.
  8. rswartsell

    rswartsell Senior Member

    Mar 4, 2008
    North Carolina
    thank you kamagong, my thoughts exactly...someones delusional..is it me?
  9. Owen Sparks

    Owen Sparks member

    May 27, 2007
    I think he meant $2.00 an inch.
  10. rswartsell

    rswartsell Senior Member

    Mar 4, 2008
    North Carolina

    I guess "harder than woodpecker lips" alone was worth the price of admission.
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2012
  11. sixgunner455

    sixgunner455 Senior Member

    Aug 25, 2006
    Steve didn't charge her anything. It's all about quality of work, not the actual price.
  12. blindhari

    blindhari Active Member

    Jan 11, 2009
    Buck will repair and sharpen thier knives, sometimes they charge sometimes they don't. You can include a letter saying you want that particular knife, not to replace it and why.

    That said I do a little carving and use a system utilising two cardboard wheels. My carving knives are Queen d2 steel, Bruseletta carbon steel, Mora stainless, Ramelson palm carvers, and two Cherries long handles. I also have more than one Buck 500. They all sharpen beautifully on the cardboar wheels. I have my wheels, 8", mounted on an old 1/3hp, reversible, variable speed motor with an extended shaft to give me clearance. !st wheel is coated with a light fat and a smidge of 14000 diamond compound. Second wheel is clean and used to take off wire edge after and between sharpening. This puts a really mean edge on everything I have used it on and I gave away almost all my other whetstones to include some really, really expensive Japanese water stones.

  13. ArfinGreebly

    ArfinGreebly Moderator Emeritus

    Oct 10, 2006
    North Idaho
    You Has What?

    This is me being jealous.

    I wish like heck they'd bring those back. At least long enough for me to pick up a couple.

    I have a new 501, and it's a fine knife, but I can absolutely see an EDC application for the 500.

    I'm glad they're with someone who loves them.

  14. ArfinGreebly

    ArfinGreebly Moderator Emeritus

    Oct 10, 2006
    North Idaho
    Per Inch

    No, I don't reckon he did.

    You may remember some four years back, a member here that did a thriving sharpening business. He [post=4268337]alluded to charging $15-$20 bucks per inch[/post] for his services. He also noted that he charged even more for certain chef's knives.

    Having done a little research to establish the veracity of that claim, I can vouch for prices upwards of $20/inch, and for exceptional edge quality, I shouldn't be surprised at prices reaching $100/inch or more.

    Pretty sure hso can confirm that there are artisans out there who will flat hurt your wallet with their sharpening and polishing fees.

  15. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator Staff Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    Southern Virginia
    SM taught me, as did that other feller. SM is that good.

    Fwiw neither he or I has ever charged anyone. Then again we are picky about who we sharpen for. That other feller did indeed charge big bucks on occasion but only to those that deseved it.

    Blinhari, I got a rig similar to that on my bench.
  16. wheelgunslinger

    wheelgunslinger Senior Member

    Jan 2, 2005
    0 hours west of NC
    I know that SM's stuff isn't for everyone, but I enjoy reading it.

    Wouldn't be a bit surprised to find an enthusiast that would pay him $200/inch for his sharpening skill.

    I've never met the guy, (at least no that I know of) but I've been reading him for a long time. I've met a handful of guys like him.

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