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Old 12-24-2012, 01:30 AM   #21
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Dataz, what did you end up getting?

I know a few people with edgepros. No one with a Wickededge but I know both get the job done.

Santa arranged for some Shapton stones to be dropped off at my house for some freehand stuff. I'm pretty excited.

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Old 12-24-2012, 01:52 AM   #22
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When I sharpen my knives, I use a 3 sided stone.
I set the edge with the gray carborundum or the medium hard arkansas stone, depending on how dull the knife is. I then sharpen the edge on the medium hard arkansas or the white hard arkansas stone.
After that, sometimes I hone the edge on a surgical black arkansas stone. When I'm done with whatever stone I finished with, I'll strop the edge on a scrap piece of leather impregnated with white rouge, knocking off the false edge.

I was at a show years ago when a dumbass picked up one of my knives and asked if it were sharp, and then proceded to run his thumb up the blade.
Opened it right up.
I just stared at him like the idiot he was.

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Old 12-24-2012, 01:58 AM   #23
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I use a two sided wet stone & leather strap. all the guys at the steel yard used to have me sharpen their knives for hunting season. $5 a knife & they were happy to pay. I have shaved my head with some of them to prove their worth. I should get back into that.

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Old 12-24-2012, 02:21 AM   #24
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Ive used a Smith Tri-hone for a long time. I also have a hard arkansas white stone that have worked well for hunting and skinning but I know my japanese chef knife can be smoother. Hence the higher grit glass stones!

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Also, for a quick edge touch up if you're in your car and don't have a stone with you, you can roll your window down to about an inch of being closed and hone the edge on top of the window.

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The three stone set up or a two sided stone with fine and finer sides works for me. So long as your knife has a half decent edge on it, the coarse stone will go unused. They don't have to be expensive and made from rare materials. Just don't get one that looks like a pumice stone on one side and brick mortar on the other.

I like water better than oil. It's all around cleaner. Oil tends to hold grit and just tear up the edge, imo.

Since getting into straight razor shaving, I've finally got a method that works the best, every time. I was a big fan of little circles until I started using a stone the same as a strop, and then finishing with a strop. Denim is a good strop for knives. I draw the knife with the back side toward me, cutting edge away, in as much a fluid and continuous motion along as much of the blade as possible on each pass. Light pressure.

Another thing I learned, and stopped screwing up knives since, is to look closely at the edge already there. I mean, get a magnifying glass. Follow that geometry and grain as best you can.

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Also, for a quick edge touch up if you're in your car and don't have a stone with you, you can roll your window down to about an inch of being closed and hone the edge on top of the window.
I've finished off an edge with this method. works quite nicely until you wear out the tops of your windows. hahaha!
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Did the OP ever get either item? I'm looking to get something that won't make my hand cramp like the Lansky kit does. Also, does anyone know how these stay in position while in use? Suction cups? Sticky logic? Eleven inch dicks? I did see a lower cost version listed on the Wicked Edge site ($275) but it doesn't come with the same range of stones as the Apex kit.

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I mostly have Gerber, Kershaw, and Benchmade knives. I'm also lucky enough to live near each of these manufacturers, so I just take my knives to them to be sharpened. Works out great, they also inspect them and fix or replace if needed for free.

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I will say that the Shapton 1k and 4k glass did not disappoint! Santa did good.

Holding the angle is pretty easy. My gyuoto, petty and french knife were relatively easy to do. My scimitar was a little tricky but not impossible. Granted I've had a bit of practice on oil stones and holding a 25-30 degree angle instead of the 10-15 on the Japanese knives. All the same thing really.

Looking forward to saving up for a 8k and 13k glasses

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