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Originally posted by djpaintles:
If you like Convex edges and use them a lot or most of the time, the Work Sharp Ken Onion edition the the grinding attachment is pretty sweet and it's FAST!


I used the KME system for years and was extremely happy with the results. It has been sitting in a box in the closet since I got the Work Sharp Ken Onion edition w/ the grinding attachment over a year ago. The Work Sharp system has taught me 2 things:

1) I prefer convex edges
2) How truly lazy I've become. Frown


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I've done mirror edges before but I figure what's the point? I know I like spit shining my shoes but with knives, it seems like a waste of time since I use them.

I was able to get mirror edges using my Ken Onion Work Sharp going down to a Micro0Mesh 12000 grit or about 1.5 micron, then a strop belt with diamond paste .1 micron, finishing up on balsa and leather strops I made embedded with .25 micron diamond suspended solution.

But these days, I reserve my finest sharpening for my razor blades. I use Shapton HR stones with a progression from 29.4 micron, 7.35 micron (for initial shaping), then 3.68, 1.84, 0.92, and 0.49 micron. I finish again with the balsa and leather strops with .25 micron diamonds.

I use the Shapton Diamond Lapping Plate to maintain the stones but I don't go crazy with it.




Edited to add a picture of a mirror edge that I did.




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Originally posted by djpaintles:
If you like Convex edges and use them a lot or most of the time, the Work Sharp Ken Onion edition the the grinding attachment is pretty sweet and it's FAST!


I used the KME system for years and was extremely happy with the results. It has been sitting in a box in the closet since I got the Work Sharp Ken Onion edition w/ the grinding attachment over a year ago. The Work Sharp system has taught me 2 things:

1) I prefer convex edges
2) How truly lazy I've become. Frown


I think you can minimize the convexity by using very little pressure and just letting the belt and speed do the work.



"It did not really matter what we expected from life, but rather what life expected from us. We needed to stop asking about the meaning of life, and instead to think of ourselves as those who were being questioned by life – daily and hourly. Our answer must consist not in talk and meditation, but in right action and in right conduct. Life ultimately means taking the responsibility to find the right answer to its problems and to fulfill the tasks which it constantly sets for each individual." Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning, 1946.
 
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I could never make the Lansky set work very well. The clamp came loose, the guide didn't seem positive enough, and it just didn't give me good results.

As a result, I learned to sharpen freehand. I am pretty good at it. I doubt I could get a mirror edge, although I haven't really tried.

Mirror edges would be good for razors and planes, but maybe not much else. If you want to do it for funsies, I get it, and I have been tempted.

I've considered various of the guided systems, but have stuck with my flat stones for now.




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I never got great results from Lansky or the Spyderco Sharpmaker. I now use a Wicked Edge Go and still have my Edge Pro. Both are capable of mirror edges. My patience however is the limiting factor.
 
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