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Old 12-22-2014, 05:47 AM   #1
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Which knife sharpener?

Who has used the Spyderco Sharpmaker? Is it the one to get?
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Old 12-22-2014, 06:04 AM   #2
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Japanese water stones. All you'll need. For any and every blade.
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Old 12-22-2014, 06:46 AM   #3
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I have the KME Sharpeners and is fantastic.
Tried many types before, but this is the one more consistent and easier to use.
http://www.amazon.com/KME-Sharpeners..._bxgy_sg_img_y




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Old 12-22-2014, 07:02 AM   #4
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I've got one of the Lansky sharpeners. Works pretty well I suppose.

You can get a blade plenty usably sharp with the 5 stone kit. A strop comes in very handy to finish them off though. But the system could use some changes. Longer and significantly wider stones would make it a lot easier to keep the stone flat to the bevel. The other issue you run into with lansky types is longer blades. If they're long enough you have to work on them in sections or you will change the angle of the bevel at the extreme ends of the stroke.
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:55 AM   #5
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I purchased the Image Professional Kitchen Knife Sharpener System with 4 stones from Amazon, around $34.

I read that the stones are interchangable with the much more expensive kit, running a few hundred bucks. So if I want/need to replace a stone or add a stone, I'm not out of luck on trying to find a replacement.

I stopped at my mom's house, asked for a bunch of knives that are not her good ones...and used them for practice. Some needed sharpening, some needed a whole new edge reground.

This kit did a pretty good job.

As with this style kit, you will need to work on the longer blades in sections.
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:00 AM   #6
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Recommend the Work Sharp. 90% of the results in 10% of the time.

http://www.worksharptools.com/knife/...sharpener.html
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Old 12-22-2014, 08:40 AM   #7
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I had the work sharp, it will kill the pointy part of your knife.
Is a good sharpener for scissors and gardening tools more than knives IMO.
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:11 AM   #8
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I am lazy. Do any of the electric sharpeners work well, like Chef's Choice? Which ones?
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Old 12-22-2014, 09:54 AM   #9
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Who has used the Spyderco Sharpmaker? Is it the one to get?
I've used the Spydie Sharpmaker for a few years now on all different types of steel from Case CV, S30V, S35V, CTS-XP, Stainless on Swiss Army knives etc etc. The Sharpmaker is easy to use and gives a pretty reasonable edge. I'm not fanatical about a super fine mirror finish, and a few minutes on a Sharpmaker seems to work just fine.

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Old 12-22-2014, 09:57 AM   #10
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The Lansky style sharpeners are pretty much foolproof but sharpening by hand with a stone is a worthwhile and easily acquired skill. I keep a small stone in my travel tool kit. You aren't going to travel with one of the fancier setups. Don't get caught up in what kind of stone (waterstone, Arkansas, diamond, ceramic) - it doesn't matter. People overcomplicate things.

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Old 12-22-2014, 04:28 PM   #11
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I have been getting great results with paper wheels mounted on a bench grinder.
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Old 12-22-2014, 04:55 PM   #12
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I have the KME Sharpeners and is fantastic.
Tried many types before, but this is the one more consistent and easier to use.
http://www.amazon.com/KME-Sharpeners..._bxgy_sg_img_y

How about serrations? I just spent about 30 minutes looking at you tubers showing how to do them. It looks like you need a round, or tapered hand file and just go at them manually. Is that how you do them?

I have to admit a knife problem. The good part is, I always have something new and sharp. Ultimately though, I would like to be able to sharpen my own. Historically, I take a dull blade and make it almost beyond salvage when I try to sharpen it. It would be nice not to keep doing that.
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Old 12-22-2014, 05:40 PM   #13
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How about serrations?
there is an app for that!
http://www.amazon.com/Sharpeners-Tap..._bxgy_sg_img_z
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Old 12-22-2014, 07:05 PM   #14
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I'm a fan of this thing -- $20 or so on sale. Does a great job on the kitchen knives as long as they aren't too fubard.

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Old 12-22-2014, 08:43 PM   #15
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I've used the Spydie Sharpmaker for a few years now on all different types of steel from Case CV, S30V, S35V, CTS-XP, Stainless on Swiss Army knives etc etc. The Sharpmaker is easy to use and gives a pretty reasonable edge. I'm not fanatical about a super fine mirror finish, and a few minutes on a Sharpmaker seems to work just fine.

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My eight year old grand daughter uses the one in the family, she gets a good edge.

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