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post #1 of 13 Old 11-07-2019, 03:19 PM Thread Starter
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Please Tell Me About a Good ( and cheap ) Knife Sharpener

I'm no good with a sharpening stone. And those cheesy little sharpeners they sell at Wally World with the v-shaped stones don't last too long.

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I'm lousy with a sharpening stone. And Ideas for a good sharpener I can just drag over the blade a few strokes? Thanks.

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Re: Please Tell Me About a Good ( and cheap ) Knife Sharpener

See if you can find where Boy Scout uniforms and accessories are sold....I still have my stone from the 1960s in its leather sheath...probably some other fabric now...Amazon has some ...but about 12 to 30 dollars
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I like this combination tool from Benchmade:
https://www.amazon.com/f-Benchmade-G...sr=1-1-catcorr

There is one that appears to be a duplicate in different color, and with different brand that might be just as good:

https://www.amazon.com/Work-Sharp-Gu...6N7RGPHTYK4KEJ

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This one will sharpen most anything:

https://www.garrettwade.com/solid-ca...nisher-gp.html
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Re: Good Knife Sharpener

I have been using this Lansky set for the past 40 some years.
Runs about $25,(Cabela's) bit less on Amazon. They also make ones with 4 and 5 stones but never had the need. Will do anything from small jack knife to larger chef knives. And yes they certainly come out sharp as the hairless test spots on my arm can attest. ( shave them as test, could cut paper but where's the fun in that?)
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I just use a stone.

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My sharpening stone is a scythe sharpening stone.

Work it like a knife steel.

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I rescued a old electric can opener from the trash that had a built in knife sharpener--it wouldn't open cans well (they would drop off after it cut the lid off!)--but it sharpened my pocket knives to perfection...
Now I'm wondering if I still have it-or if its lost in the clutter in my garage,or if I tossed it out..hmmmm!..haven't used it in a long time..


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I have been using this Lansky set for the past 40 some years.
Runs about $25,(Cabela's) bit less on Amazon. They also make ones with 4 and 5 stones but never had the need. Will do anything from small jack knife to larger chef knives. And yes they certainly come out sharp as the hairless test spots on my arm can attest. ( shave them as test, could cut paper but where's the fun in that?)
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I agree this is the best for the edge that you can get but it does take some time to get that edge.
For a good balance between edge and time, I like the Smiths 52564
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The Smiths DIAMOND sharpening system is also a good one similiar to this one.
https://ads.midwayusa.com/product/10...=1101100736048

What I've done to get by cheap (and doing so for several years) once the just regular cheaper Smith set is bought (you can do the same with lanskys) is I buy the diamond sharpening stones like this from HF or flea bay and get some aluminum sign material and cut it too about the width of the stone including the 90 degree bend and glue the stones to the aluminum guide bars and then use the rest of the angle guides. The HF diamond stones last a very long time and come in fine, med, course. The diamond sharpening stones cut and sharpen more agressively and do not wear out very fast. Even Ronnie Milsap can sharpen a knife using the Smith or Lansky Diamond sharpening system.

The key to getting a very sharp edge is both edges of a knife have to be sharpened at the same angle and the Lansky and Smiths allow you to do such.

I've seen more accidential wounds caused from a dull knife than a sharp knife.
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I'm lousy with a sharpening stone. And Ideas for a good sharpener I can just drag over the blade a few strokes? Thanks.
Most if not all of the sharpeners listed by folks will do a good job, but the key to this is in your first question. It takes care and work to make a good sharpening job and "just dragging over the blade a few strokes" doesn't cut it (pun intended). Most of the tools, or set of stones, start rough for a shaping step, then smoother for a smoothing step, then stropping or honing for the final step. The "extras" are mostly intended to help keep a proper angle on the bevel and can help, but it takes close attention and time to do it right.

My test for dullness is to look at the edge under a good light. You can easily see any flat, un-sharp edges as a bright line. If it's sharp, the edge can't be seen - and you can shave with it.

If you get it right at first, then maybe you can touch up with a few strokes.

most can-opener-type sharpening attachments and drag-through sharpeners will seem sharp but leave a wire edge that quickly dulls.

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Re: Good Knife Sharpener

I use my neighbor...

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