Good on ya Lynn.I have always sucked at freehand sharpening. I recently tried the lansky controlled angle system at a friends house, and boy does it make a difference.It might not be the best or fanciest system out there, but it works, and it doesnt break the bank, so I reckon Santa will get me a basic set for the holidays -Tom
Wohoo!Well, I got three used Campers from the MTO store to stick in survival kits, and managed to get a shaving sharp edge on 5 of the 6 blades. I used a lansky stone, ceramic rods and a leather belt to strop. The blade that isn't shaving sharp is still as sharp as i usually sharpen to, able to cut thin receipt paper.I'm particularly proud of this because one of the blades had a rolled edge when it arrived.
Lynn -Doesn't really matter how you do it, just as long as you get the edge you want. I've been freehand sharpening all my life (65+). I just have a "thing" about the term "shaving sharp" - IMHO it's overused (especially on other knife forums) and basically meaningless. A) No one actually shaves with a pocket knife that I know of and B) shaving arm hair is much different from beard hair (much coarser). I did try it once though; nearly required plastic cosmetic surgery to fix all the cuts, nicks and skin lost Fortunately no major blood vessels like the vugular vein were cut. Rich
Great job Lynn. As a user of the Lansky I can only say using "training wheels" is nothing to be ashamed of. Freehand is great but to me the whole point is getting your knife sharp so its a safe knife. I don't care how you get the blade sharp just get it sharp as you require. Personally I like to take my edges a bit further than most but, but I find the experience relaxing.
Quote from: Aloha007 on December 07, 2017, 03:59:32 PMGreat job Lynn. As a user of the Lansky I can only say using "training wheels" is nothing to be ashamed of. Freehand is great but to me the whole point is getting your knife sharp so its a safe knife. I don't care how you get the blade sharp just get it sharp as you require. Personally I like to take my edges a bit further than most but, but I find the experience relaxing. +1.... Almost therapeutic
I wish i had your job, thats 1200 dollars an hour
Quote from: gdoolittle on December 07, 2017, 08:50:24 PMI wish i had your job, thats 1200 dollars an hourThere are 60 minutes in an hour, divided by 5 minutes equals 12. 12 multiplied by $10 would be $120. So your math is very wrong. It also doesn't take me 5 minutes to sharpen any knife that's really dull and used, this might be due to my lack of skill and easy set-up but again there is cost factor to acquiring those things. Anytime I've had to sharpen anything that was actually dull it takes closer to half an hour going between the various stages and cleaning. If you're talking about maintenance stropping on a chisel that's already sharp, that's 5 minutes or less. If you have Tormek machine, you're done in seconds/minutes but that cost a lot of Mora knives. P
I only have to find the stone. For me, touch up sharpening every week suffices to not let the knife get dull, ever.