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How do you sharpen your knives?

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Category: FireArms, et cetera
Forum Name: Knives, Axes, Saws and Other Sharp Things
Forum Description: Keep 'em sharp!
Printed Date: 07 August 2020 at 15:59
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Topic: How do you sharpen your knives?
Posted By: garou_22
Subject: How do you sharpen your knives?
Date Posted: 02 August 2005 at 04:14

Figured, what good is knowing which knife to use, or which is the best, etc. etc. if you can't keep it sharp.

   I have a Lansky 4 stone set - regular stones, nothin fancy.  Which I only use when I dork a blade up and need to do some re-edging.  During my stint over here in hot as hell, when will it ever cool down again land, I've found, by far the BEST touch up/Finishing tool I've ever seen.  It's the Filiment from an Industrial 4,000 Watt Sodium Nitrate light bulb.  If you can find a burnt out bulb & weasle the owner into letting you have it (EPA shits bricks when they get busted), I highly recommend busting it open & fine tuning the edges of your knives.  Best part is, no oil required.

Motorcycles, Firearms, and an ex-wife: What more does a guy need?

Posted By: Rockydog
Date Posted: 03 August 2005 at 14:34
Hey Garou, Did the mags I sent ever show up? RD

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Posted By: Spot shooter
Date Posted: 03 August 2005 at 15:02


    What kind of stones do you have in that lansky kit?

  I've got two kit's, one's diamond, the others AR-kansas.  I also have a few other add in stones.

   One thing to note is that you have to put a new edge on the blade the first time you hit it with the system because it lays a completely new edge.  I use a rough diamond to cut down fast, then I move to arkansas stones to polish it, then the fine stone to finish it.

   If you don't get the first edge down you won't sharpen anything.  Sounds like that might be the problem.



Posted By: garou_22
Date Posted: 04 August 2005 at 03:10

RD:  They sure did, thanks alot, the fella's have really enjoyed them.

Spot:  I've a serrated ceramic, LS 120 coarse, LS 280 medium, & LS 600 fine regular stones in my kit.  I don't have a problem sharpening at all - I just use the kit to grind out nicks & chips should one occur.  for regular touch up work, the Filiment I spoke of is easier, quicker, and does a FAR better job than the fine stone in the Lansky set.  And, Yes, I generally do use the Lansky to prep. the blade before I use the filiment if it's a first time or a nick repair job.



Motorcycles, Firearms, and an ex-wife: What more does a guy need?

Posted By: 340wby
Date Posted: 11 August 2005 at 15:14

complete diamond hone lansky set with the extra stones for home use and I carry a diamond hone folding stone in my day pack


Posted By: Rayfromalaska
Date Posted: 11 August 2005 at 17:40
I use a similar sharpening kit, but it has diamond stones and it's not a
Lansky. I did have a Lansky a couple of years ago, and gave it to my
hunting partner when I bought this one.

Posted By: Muleskinner
Date Posted: 31 October 2009 at 20:16

I use a series of bench stones, medium Arkansas to a hard Wyoming stone, then some ceramic rods for finish work.  When I go into the bush, I take a lil' triangular ceramic rod.  The hard stones take some getting used to and work best with water, not oil.  The ceramic rods just take any remaining burrs off.


Posted By: Montana Maddnes
Date Posted: 07 April 2010 at 10:03

I have both a Lanski set/ a diamond stone in if for finish work, and I have the Gatco set that is very simular.

More often than not I just use a old flat Ark. stone I have had for years and finish with the diamond stone from the lanski set.


Montana Maddness
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Posted By: TCLouis
Date Posted: 13 September 2016 at 18:23
I used to sharpen by hand, but somehow seemed to have "lost the touch".
It became more important when I got fillet knives.
I bought the Lansky diamond set and have edges on knives that have never gotten that sharp.

Mid South Shooters had the best price I could find on the Lansky set.

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The rest is pretty much frittering ones life away

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