- Joined Sep 19, 2018
I have a Norton Tri Stone with 2 medium stones and a fine stone. In addition, I have a Hard Black Arkansas stone in 3000 grit. A good steel and the knowledge to use it is also a must....
Mine, too. My mother also did that. When I was a kid I remember thinking, How is that a smart thing to do? I'll do it on a rare occasion with a stubborn onion peel, but that's it.My wife is old school with a paring knife and uses her thumb as a stop...
Must be the knife sharpener's curse. I was using a newly sharpened and stropped scary sharp 6" utility knife to halve grape tomatoes yesterday. I usually use a 4" paring knife. Well, one ring finger got in the way of the point of the longer knife and I stabbed myself. Thankfully, I had my Star Wars light saber band-aids to apply The Force. No emergency room trip necessary!You are probably looking at an ER run if you had an oops with a knife.
This! 800, 1000, 1200, Leather all on slack belts.... will cut paper all day long!I think most of the knife makers & professional knife sharpeners use abrasive belts. They give the best edge, and only take a couple of minutes.
I tape wet dry to a polished 1 inch wide by 1/4" by a foot to fine tune bevels. Getting these lines straight takes patience and a lot of fresh paper and most knife makers finishing with paper, most do length wise but I prefer the final lines to be transverse lines but that takes more time......... Although many these days just belt sand to 320/400 and put them out the door as done......Taking it to mirror polish is another thing all together.I have one cheap 9" carving knife with a reverse curve near the handle. Could not sharpen the root of the blade because it would dig into the stone. No way was I spending $25 to buy a curved stone to sharpen one knife I only use on beef roasts. A steel did not get it to paper slicing sharp. What to do? Heck, make my own sharpening tool with stuff I had laying around the garage!
1500 grit wet dry sandpaper.
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1 1/4" x 15" PVC left over from a Burning Man Monkey Hut I built for our camp. A Monkey Hut looks like a Quonset hut.
Tape the sandpaper to the PVC with painter's tape.
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I had no idea if this would work or not. I ran the sandpaper under the faucet, then used the sharpening tool like a steel, trailing edge, very light pressure. Swiped with a countdown like I was stropping the knife. That was followed with a few swipes on the naked strop shown above.
The knife would not cut paper before I started (no pic). Afterwards, a nice slice of the dive magazine paper! (My wife took the pic).
Sharpening knives is feeding my OCD...and it's FUN!
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