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I need some help. I am beyond terrible at sharpening knives. I have tried alot of different sharpeners and I still cant get a g

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  • 268bull
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    I put sharpening my knives by stone and honing oil on my bucket list. The other methods mentioned here, I believe are good also. I just simply wanted to accomplish that task by hand and stone, and I finally achieved it. It required a good stone and a whole bunch of patience, not to mention finding that correct angle and being able to get it right each time. I have to work a little harder wit stainless steel, but after a little sweat, I've managed it also. I think finding what method works best for you and sticking with it, makes the next time sharpening is needed a bit easier. Just stay positive and it will come to you. Once I got a feel for the angle sharpening became a whole lot easier.

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  • Steve in Virginia
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    I'd like to try the Worksharp, but I've had very good experience with Crock Sticks. In fact, I think Dave Petzal did a video on the virtues of this type of sharpener some time ago. They're incredibly simple, which is the biggest selling point, and they don't have the same high cost as the mechanical sharpeners.

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  • Bioguy01
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    I have a Lansky 5 stone set (lansky.com/index.php/products/professional-system/) and a Worksharp Guided Field Sharpener (worksharptools.com/manual-sharpeners/guided-field-sharpener-221/flypage.pbv.tabs.tpl.html).

    I've used a lot of different sharpeners, and these two have worked the best.

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  • jay
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    I'm not much of a knife sharpener. I have an electric chef choice. Lately, I have been using knives with disposable blades like the Havalon.

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  • LostLure
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    I used to have a cheap knock off of the lansky. You are right it was very tedious. It didnt seem to do a very good job, but maybe thats because it was a cheap knock off. I will definately look into the Worksharp. Thanks for the help.

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  • GERG
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    I have had good results with a Smith sharpening kit. Hot Springs AR

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  • chuckles
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    The Lansky and the Worksharp are both good systems and pretty foolproof. The Lansky is somewhat tedious to use and the Worksharp needs electricity so learning how to do it with a stone is important too as you will not carry either of the above into the field.
    I have both a Lansky and Worksharp and if I were only going to buy one it would be the Worksharp.(as long as the power stays on)
    OHH is right in that very hard or soft steels can be a pain. Do the research and make informed choices when picking a knife. Like any tool it needs to be fit to the task.
    Putting a sharp edge on by hand is as much art as science and takes lots of practice and often multiple steps with different surfaces, strop etc.

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  • Carl Huber
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    I think Hap said it best. All I would add is take a this piece of plastic and a protractor map and cut a 15 degree angel and tack it on the back of your 2x4. The big problem most people have is they can't visualize the proper angel and they role the blade at the end of the stroke. As far as steel goes too hard is difficult to manually sharpen. Too soft does not hold an edge. Commercially we used what was called Butcher steel [55-56 Rockwell] back in the day holds an edge easy to sharpen. A steel is used as a stop gap for over sharpening and wearing out a blade.

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    I use a marvelous old 19th century Scheffield steel from an ivory handled kitchen carving set my wife got from her grandfather's farm in Saskatchewan. That thing is incredible! Sometimes (although rarely) I will finish it up a bit after the steel with two ceramic rods. But that's almost too sharp.

    Understand that there are some knives that Gawdalmighty couldn't put a blade on. I actually despise Buck knives for that reason and the Schrade Old Timer I used for years never held a blade longer than thirty seconds. Don't be so quick to blame it on operator error. And I don't care how good the sharpening contraptions are, you can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. A junky knife is a junky knife.

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  • jhjimbo
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    I use the Lansky on all my knives. Gives a great edge with a little time investment. I also have a wet wheel that gives a nice hollow ground edge. I carry a two step pull through in my pack for touch up if needed.

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  • hengst
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    I have both the worksharp and the lansky. When feeling lazy (to often) I go with the worksharp. When I want to spend some time getting an edge with no burs and scary sharp then its quality time with the lansky.

    Both are great and foolproof, I feel the lansky just puts a touch nicer edge on the blade

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  • Trapper Vic
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    Learn to use a wet stone. Someday you'll be glad you did. also get a steel, to keep the edge straight. After lots of practice you'll be surprised how much sharper it is compared to the mechanical type.

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  • Safado
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    Worksharp. For the reasons mentioned above.

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  • Happy Myles
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    I agree on the Worksharp. other folks really like the Worthog . If you are stuck with using a stone, remember the usual problem is keeping a constant blade angle. A couple of aids are, use a large stone, like a foot long, with a fine grain. Get a piece of 2x4 and drive three finishing nail on the back and two sides deep enough so you don't hit them as you sharpen on the stone, but allow you to slide the stone in from the front and hold it securely. The raised surface and large stone size help you maintain a consistent knife edge angle. There are all kinds of brands of sharpening lubricants for sale and all seem to work. I usually just use kerosene.

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  • allegnmtn
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    I like my Lansky 5 Stone. The trick to sharpening is keeping the angle and the having the time and patience. With the 5 stone I can get a razor edge on everything from broadheads to fixed bladed hunters to my chefs and filet knives.

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