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  • Another knife related question. What stone or sharpener do you use to keep your knives sharp? Do you use a specific stone/sharp

    Another knife related question. What stone or sharpener do you use to keep your knives sharp? Do you use a specific stone/sharpener on specific knives or do you find a one size fits all? Also what do you use to sharpen serrated edges? Yeah looking for Christmas presents and need suggestions.

  • #2
    I recomend The Lansky Knife Sharpener. I can get mine scary sharp with it, and it is simple to use.

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    • #3
      I use a Smith's sharpener. I have one that I lay on the edge of a table or bench and then I have a smaller one that fits in my pocket, it has a corse set of blades, a carbide set of blades and a small sharpening steel. I have used it for years.

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      • #4
        I use different sharpeners on different knives used for different purposes, from a 12' Nicholson Mill Bastard on my machetes and heavy knives with mild steel, to Arkansas oil stones for my hard steel pocket knives. In between, one of the best diamond stones I've ever used is the EdgeCrafter ChefsChoice. I touch up my kitchen, butcher and deer cleaning knives with a good steel. The best way I've found to sharpen serrated knives is with the Worksharp tool and sharpen only one side. I'm not as crazy about the Worksharp as some folks and tend only to use it when I'm in a real hurry or somebody else wants me to "touch up" their badly abused knives. I even have a barber's strop to put a really polished edge on a knife I want to impress somebody with, but not on one of my working knives which I prefer to have a rougher edge that slices better.

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        • #5
          Dave just reviewed the new Worksharp(see Gun Nut Blog), I have the old one and it is great, easy to use and works well.This new model should be even better.

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          • #6
            I recently bought a Worksharp brand Field Sharpener model at Sportsman's Warehouse for $30. It has four sides that have ramps on them to guide you at the right angle. One side has a coarse diamond plate, opposite that is a fine diamond plate. The other parts are a ceramic rod and a leather strop. I am normally awful at sharpening knives and have ruined blades on other guided systems but this thing is awesome. I have razored up my two everyday pocket knives which is a carbon blade Opinel and a carbon blade Case with little effort.

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            • #7
              RJ I saw that article. Looks interesting but looking for something a lot less expensive for a gift/stocking stuffer.

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              • #8
                Carbon steel I use kitchen steel, just like a butcher knife. Stainless steel I use diamond stone. I have an Chefs knife sharpener when it is really bad.

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                • #9
                  I use a ceramic kitchen rod on mine and sharpen the way chefs do. I discovered it by accident because I could not sharpen knives other ways. I bought mine at a goodwill for 50 cents 15years ago. I bought a new one after misplacing it last year for $10 or so. I get very good edges on my knives I can shave hair with the good ones. I am no expert but it is simple, inexpensive and works for me. This may be the wrong way to do it but it has never let me down.

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                  • #10
                    I have a Smith's three way stone sharpener. I use the medium stone on new knives to be sharpened. After that I only use the fine stone. I use it for all my knives and the kitchen knives as well.

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                    • #11
                      I asked almost the same question a few months back. I just ended up getting a Havalon with the replacement blades so I didn't have to sharpen my knives. Outdoor edge also now makes one with replacement blades. It looks to be a little bit more sturdy than the Havalon.

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                      • #12
                        I make bench made knives from files rasps and A2 steel. I sell them for gifts and hunting knives. These knives are more sturdy And hold an edge better than about any knife you can go buy. The tempered steel is so hard that they will hold an edge far longer than any knives I have purchased. I set my edge with the GATCO sharpening kits. You can choose or match the angle of bevel on your blade and work down from course to extra fine diamond tip. The edge this system puts on is literally razor sharp. If you do not necessarily want your knife this sharp or if you don't want to spend as much time sharpening them then the Lansky system works very well. I recommend the Lansky system for those knives that do not keep an edge ah long.

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