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What knife sharpener should I get?

Discussion in 'Non-Firearm Weapons' started by mugsie, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. mugsie

    mugsie Well-Known Member

    I have numerous knives of various manufacture. Some are half serrated and some not. Presently I'm using flat stones to sharpen, but it seems like I'm just wasting my time. I just can't seem to get them sharp. Is there a system out there that will help a novice put a real edge on these blades, including the serrations?
  2. JVaughn

    JVaughn Well-Known Member

    The Spyderco Sharpmaker is fantastic. It helps you maintain the proper angle and works on serrated or straight blades.
  3. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

  4. bikerdoc

    bikerdoc Moderator

  5. mugsie

    mugsie Well-Known Member

    Jvaughn, I see Walmart has the Spyderco for $57 while Cabelas has the same thing for $80! I can see where I may be going.
    Thanks for the reply.
  6. GarySTL

    GarySTL Well-Known Member

    I have a Wicked Edge system for my good knives, but use the Sharpmaker for general kitchen knives and touch ups.
  7. Valkman

    Valkman Well-Known Member

    Wicked Edge if you can afford it, I used to use a Sharpmaker but the WE is way better.
  8. Zeke/PA

    Zeke/PA Well-Known Member

    I like the Spyderco and I've had one for several years. I also use my bench stones on occassion.
  9. hso

    hso Moderator Staff Member

    The Worksharp is impressive for folks that have trouble keep the angle straight.

    BTW, you haven't told us what knives you're trying to sharpen and what stones you've been using.
  10. ilmonster

    ilmonster Well-Known Member

    I recently pick up a Spyderco Sharpmaker too, and have been very pleased with the results. I never quite got the flat stones technique down pat. Love the Sharpmaker!
  11. The Bushmaster

    The Bushmaster Well-Known Member

    Two flat stones. The Arkansas and the W a s h i t a. Buy both and learn how to properly sharpen a knife as it should be done.

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  12. MikeJackmin

    MikeJackmin Well-Known Member

    I use 800 grit emery paper on a flat surface to touch up the edges of my knives, and an Edgepro every now and again when they need to be redone.
  13. mdauben

    mdauben Well-Known Member

    Another vote for the Sharpmaker. A very easy way to put a good edge on almost any knife.
  14. mugsie

    mugsie Well-Known Member

    I have mostly Gerber knives, including the Mark II I carried with me in Vietnam Nam. I also have a Greber Fairbain which says First Production on the blade. The blade is flat, not beveled. It's useful for nothing as there is no stiffness to it being flat, but it must be worth something if it says First Production knife etched on the blade.

    Most of my knives have serrations, consequently I think I need the rods included in the Spyderco sharpener as opposed to the flat stones on other models.

    I am looking to pick up either a Benchmade or maybe a Kershaw in the near future. I have carried a knife all my life, longer than a pistol. Wouldn't ever bee without one.

    Thanks for the suggestions, and keep 'me coming.
  15. TimboKhan

    TimboKhan Moderator

    I have a sharp maker and a worksharp. Like them both, but I like the worksharp better.
  16. Mp7

    Mp7 Well-Known Member

    i liked my worksharp - till it broke!

    I had like 3hrs of use in it.

    Lets see, how the Customer department
    works - and wether they will replace it.
  17. MtnCreek

    MtnCreek Well-Known Member

    DMT Aligner is fairly cheap and does a good job of getting the angles back to where they should be. They have a package that comes with 3 stone from 325 to 1200 grit. I ordered it the other week to get some kitchen knives shaped back up. I also bought a 8000 stone for it and slightly increase the angle and finished one of the larger knives with it. It's crazy sharp for a kitchen knife. :)

    Edit: Almost forgot, it came with a tapered round stone for serrations.
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2013
  18. GLOOB

    GLOOB Well-Known Member

    I used to think there was something magical about ultra high grit sharpening stones and precise angles. Nowadays, I freehand with a ceramic rod, a sanding block, or a soft Arkansas stone. Doesn't much matter, so long as I remove the wire burr, after, by stropping. It takes all of 20 seconds to sharpen my convex blades, using any of the above.

    For knives with a flat secondary bevel, a ceramic rod is my favorite method. I sharpen these like a sword. By holding the knife still and moving the rod over it (in little circles, almost no pressure), I can keep my eyes on the bevel. I sharpen a small section of blade at a time. I start a little acute, until I can see the back edge of the bevel start to shine up. Then I increase the angle until the edge shines up. Then I move on down the blade until the whole edge is touched up. Go to other side and repeat. If I can feel a wire burr on the entire edge, it's ready for the strop. If there are sections that need more work, the ceramic rod will pinpoint the target areas like no other system, when done this way. This beats the heck out of moving the knife over a rod/stone, checking the bevel, then trying to put the knife back at the same angle, again. It's also very easy to sharpen the curves, tips, or other uneven areas of bevel, without removing any excess material.

    For Scandi, I stick with the Arkansas stone.
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2013
  19. 02bfishn

    02bfishn Member

    Very happy with my Worksharp!
  20. colima

    colima Active Member


    I'm surprised nobody has mentioned the EdgePro fixture. I have very good luck getting knives shaving sharp on this fixture.

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