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Sharpening an EDC blade
#1
I'm going to admit my total ignorance about knife sharpening. I never did learn how to do it properly. Does anyone have any tips or even videos on keeping an EDC blade sharp? It doesn't have to be straight razor sharp. I'm looking for more of a utility sharp. Something that won't require a lot to maintain.
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#2
If you are like me, and can't get a blade sharp by freehanding with a bench stone, do yourself a favor and get this:

http://www.amazon.com/Lansky-Deluxe-5-St...pening+kit 

I'm able to get a razor sharp edge on any knife in just a few minutes, and the results are consistent.
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#3
I don't know if I can get a decent edge freehand. I never learned how to sharpen a knife. I may skip learning for now and just send my Benchmade in for a new blade. It's cheaper than a new knife and they sharpen it for me Big Grin
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(09-12-2012, 02:27 PM)Warpt762x39 Wrote: I don't know if I can get a decent edge freehand. I never learned how to sharpen a knife. I may skip learning for now and just send my Benchmade in for a new blade. It's cheaper than a new knife and they sharpen it for me Big Grin


The sharpening kit I linked to is for you then, it has a guide that holds the blade in exactly alignment with the stone. I can't sharpen anything freehand either, but that kit works well for me.
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#5
Sharpening isn't all that hard, once you know the trick of it. The key is maintaining a constant angle on the blade. Sharpening kits, like the Lansky or the Spyderco Sharpmaker are great for this. One step a lot of people forget is honing the blade after sharpening. You don't need an expensive leather strop to do it; I get good results using a flat, stiff piece of rough cardboard.
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#6
Go to your local hardware store and they should have a knife sharpener that you just pull across the blade.  They work pretty good for a quick sharpening.
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#7
I think for now I'll send it back to Benchmade and have them put a new blade on it. It's only $35 and I got the knife for free. My supervisor got a more expensive knife and he knew I was looking to get something other than my old Case Mako.
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Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish...

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(09-13-2012, 05:08 PM)bac0nfat Wrote: Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish...

Wait, what were we talking about? Wink


I have other blades that need sharpening too. The Benchmade has a reputation for being difficult to sharpen but I don't know how accurate it is.
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#10
Benchmade does sell their own sharpener for their knives.  It works pretty good.  You can also send you knife to back and have it sharpened for $5.
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