What type of sharpener do you use?
Do you push the edge, pull it or alternate between the two?
How much pressure do you use?
What's the speed of each pass?
What's the minimum amount of passes?
How is the angle determined and do you use an angle block to assist?
Does the blade material change the answers to any of the above?
How do you test the edge/sharpness?
Lastly, I have a CRKT Tighe 2 and I've always been challenged sharpening the curved part of the blade. Any tips on how to sharpen it using this diamond sharpener?
No matter how much I try to keep the blade in contact with the stone, the curved part doesn't get as sharp.
Ask 10 people how they sharpen a knife and you'll probably get 12 answers.
I have Spyderco Delicas and a Ladybug that I sharpen.
I use the Spyderco Sharpmaker, set to the 40* inclusive angle.
My method is a little unorthodox, but it works for me. I hold the knife vertically and run the edge on the stone both up and down, while drawing the knife blade across, usually about 10-15 times, alternating each side of the blade. Then I run the edge downward-only about 5 times, alternating each side.
I have medium, fine, and ultra-fine stones. Most of the time I only need to touch up on the ultra-fine stones, occasionally I use the fine stones first. The only time I've used the medium stones is if I've had to do a lot of cutting and the blade is really dull, which rarely happens.
Whichever stone(s) I use, I always finish up with about 5-10 passes on a stropping block.
I use a magnifying glass to check the edge during the process.
For testing, I like to use stiff paper. I know I've got a good edge when it slices the paper cleanly without any drag or tearing.
With typical daily use, I only have to do this about once every 2-3 months.
As for curved blades, you'll probably be better off getting a round stone or butcher's rod (I think that's what they're called). A triangular stone may work, as well.
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I use a harbor freight belt sander,
400 grit belt, and follow with a leather belt.
Razor sharp in a few minutes.
Much faster and better than the old methods I use to use!
I too use the Spyderco Sharpmakerener. I also have a Work Sharp Ken Onion edition. I tend to use the Spyderco for my hunting/skinning/fishing knives, and the Work Sharp for household & kitchen knives.
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Wicked Edge for everything except my kitchen knives. For those and my larger fixed blades I still use my ancient EdgePro.
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Spyderco Sharpmaker if it's a quick touch up, Lansky sharpener if I've let one get dull.
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I have been using the Smith Tri-hone for years.
First a disclaimer. I've always sucked at sharpening knives. As such, I opted for a simple solution that seems to work well for me.
Are my knives as sharp as some of the member's knives sharpened with a Wicked Edge? Nope. But my knives are sharp, and the Work Sharp is super simple to use in maintaining the blade.
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After using several different sharpeners and not really getting the results I wanted I finally got a Wickededge setup.
I have used it on about 10 of my knives a buddies at work with fantastic results.
Has been worth every penny.
This is what I use. The last grit used polishes the edge nicely. I use it now on everything. It's easy to setup, and change belts, and use. And I was able to use it to sharpen my wife's hoe.
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Flat stones. All kinds, but mostly diamond.
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My Barkies, I use approximately this method.
Other grinds will get flat diamond hones followed up with ceramic sticks.
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I've bought a few sharpeners, but the KME system is by far the best I've used. I keep a small logbook on which knives are sharpened at what particular angles and the slide gauge on the handle makes repeatable angle touchups effortless. I put a black sharpie in the case along with the logbook and its a great system.
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