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I have a friend I served with who is getting into knives but doesn’t know how to sharpen with traditional stones.
I know of the Lansky kit but are there any others that you’d recommend?
I know with three kids graduating soon & heading off to college he’s mentioned not having a ton to throw at a new hobby but I thought the Lansky was cheap enough.
I’m guessing he’ll be wanting to stay under $100.
I searched Amazon and saw a number of different contraptions but since I use traditional stones & have never used these type of sharpening setups I don’t know what’s decent & what’s junk.
Any help & opinions are appreciated and I’ll be sending him a link so he can read along!
Lansky is awesome, make sure you get the diamond stones. My son can make that non-diamond version work great but I don't have that kind of patience.
Also, suggest a small 2 sided DMT Diamond hone. Medium on one side, fine on the other. That's what I use 95 percent of the time as it's @ 10 seconds to sharpen a kitchen knife.
I'd also suggest you have him buy a magic marker or the brand of his choice. Permanent is better. Explain that he should mark or stripe the edge (only) each time before he begins. Oh, maybe a can of old fashioned lighter fluid, too. Its a telltale for him to see where he's actually sharpening. It'll work with any brand kit, stone or whatever.
It also will prolong the life of the blade by keeping him on the edge, not up where it does no good.
Unhappy ammo seeker
The Lansky is easy to use. I have a Chinese knockoff of The Edgepro that good for removing a lot of metal. My favorite for light touch up is the Spyderco Sharpmaker. It's quick to set up and pretty easy to get the hang of.
Take a look at Gatco sharpeners. Diamond stones? Only if your buddy has some of the “V” steels.
I have a couple of Gatco Diamonds for $60 shipped!
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