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Sharpening the combo-tool 397

Jr. Member Posts: 69
Sharpening the combo-tool
« on: December 03, 2021, 01:19:32 PM »
Hello,

I'm really an huge fan of my mod (victorinox cyber compact) but I'm missing a small blade for opening packages...

Is there a way to sharpen the inside of the combo tool (like the old bottle opener on soldier 63) ? And keep the bottle opening function.

Any advice on how to do it properly?

Thanks a lot

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Global Moderator Just Bananas Posts: 71,167
Re: Sharpening the combo-tool
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2021, 01:47:25 PM »
I am sure you could use a tapered diamond sharpening rod and put an edge on it :tu: but at what spot or angle would be left up to you as I have never sharpened one of those for that purpose :dunno: I have sharpened the end of the LM style can opener to make it a package opener but it is a different style opener :shrug:
Full Member Posts: 206 Galaxy-hopping garbage-man
Re: Sharpening the combo-tool
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2021, 03:31:05 PM »
Felix Immler has a vid where he sharpens the inside of the can opener to make a hook blade. He uses a steeper angle than that on the Soldier 63 above (maybe 70º?), but the techniques should be similar. Just try not to take too much material off, or it might snap when you next go to open a can!  :tu:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhVDMvByjyA&list=PLz0r9DyPuu9ckYp1NBnqXznZKkYxBKhI9&index=21
No Life Club Posts: 2,861
Re: Sharpening the combo-tool
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2021, 03:31:21 PM »
I’d use a large diameter wheel like done it diamond or disc cutting tool and work to an angle like you’d use on scissors.

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No Life Club Posts: 2,861
Re: Sharpening the combo-tool
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2021, 07:03:17 PM »
Did this in 10 mins starting with Dremel cutoff (the bigger one) to remove the bulk material. Smoothed out with a diamond round (not taper or you’ll make ‘scallops’) finished on Spyderco coarse. Angle is approx. 60° and ‘matches’ the Spyderco 30° when held flat/horizontally.

Hope that helps.  :)
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Jr. Member Posts: 69
Re: Sharpening the combo-tool
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2021, 09:03:06 PM »
Wow, thanks a lot for the responses!

I'm not equipped with a dremel... It's going to be on my christmas gift list :D
No Life Club Posts: 2,861
Re: Sharpening the combo-tool
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2021, 07:37:15 AM »
Wow, thanks a lot for the responses!

I'm not equipped with a dremel... It's going to be on my christmas gift list :D

 :cheers:  :tu:

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Re: Sharpening the combo-tool
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2021, 08:45:26 AM »
Wow, thanks a lot for the responses!

I'm not equipped with a dremel... It's going to be on my christmas gift list :D

You don't need a dremel to do it, Vic steel is soft enough that a hand file will get through it quickly. A similar style mod I did with a small file (shown) to put a basic edge on the can opener of my Picknicker:




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No Life Club Posts: 2,861
Re: Sharpening the combo-tool
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2021, 04:24:30 PM »
You don't need a dremel to do it, Vic steel is soft enough that a hand file will get through it quickly. A similar style mod I did with a small file (shown) to put a basic edge on the can opener of my Picknicker:

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If you actually do the mod in question with a thicker tool like Combo or Caplifter. The area you cut on the Can Opener is thin. I’d use a file or even just sharpeners to do that.

I’d honestly like to see if somebody could do it in a reasonable time, make it look good/decent and report it here.  :dunno:


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Re: Sharpening the combo-tool
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2021, 05:28:06 PM »
If you actually do the mod in question with a thicker tool like Combo or Caplifter. The area you cut on the Can Opener is thin. I’d use a file or even just sharpeners to do that.

I’d honestly like to see if somebody could do it in a reasonable time, make it look good/decent and report it here.  :dunno:

A combo tool is substantially thinner than a caplifter, and not much thicker than the can opener. Keeping it at a consistent angle for appearance might be tricky at first, but there are various tricks to help with that.

Vic steel is no where near hard enough to make this difficult or especially time consuming, and whilst it'd take longer than a dremel, it'd be faster and cheaper than waiting to get a dremel for Christmas.

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Full Member Posts: 206 Galaxy-hopping garbage-man
Re: Sharpening the combo-tool
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2021, 06:42:34 PM »
Plus, as many a craftsman will tell you, powered tools only mean you'll stuff it up faster!
No Life Club Posts: 2,861
Re: Sharpening the combo-tool
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2021, 07:46:46 PM »
Good counter points.  :tu:  I’ve been working with such power tools for decades and value my time allotted for modding. But lots of ways to skin the cat.

I think I’d estimate over an hour to do it myself in the Combo with files.  :dunno: Wouldn’t even try on a Caplifter.

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