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How do I get the sharpest knife ???

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  1. kevinj

    kevinj Whatarya, Goofy?

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    I've got a Gerber Gator XGH that I use for field dressing whitetail deer.
    And I also have other knives.

    So...
    What is the best method to use,
    to get my Gerber back to a razor fine edge...
    And will this tool, or method,
    work on my other knives as well ???

    Thanks for all your help !!!
    I'll post back later...

    kevinj
     
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    Why you just PM me your address and i will send you a 'Thinggy'

    Thinggy's are a strap of harness leather glued to a board, rubbed down with buffing rouge is the finest edge i found,,,but also found that the 'razor edge' is not always what you want.

    Do some cutting test:

    Hacking 2X4's is a good test, but maybe easer is get a length of 3/4 manila (seasel) rope from Home Depot. Counting the slices till the resistance rises, and sthil will shave an arm hair i think is a good field test. Each blade is different, some like a finish at a 220 grit and some like 600 grit Very few polished 'razor' finishes last a long time in the field.
     
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    Here is a pic of a 'rope test'

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    An assortment of stone's (or wet rocks) from course to very fine will give you whatever edge you desire. Of course it's like learning to file a chain, you have to hold all your angle's consistantly.

    Andy
     
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    Thats the nice thing with the Lansky...the part that holds the knife has notches the rods ride in so you can keep consistent on both sides. Once your knife is clamped in you dont take it out to sharpen either side, it just flips over.
     
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    I use kinda the same thing... except made by GATCO.

    Does a good job.

    Gary
     
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    I got this setup as well, works great. Funny how I can sharpen chainsaws by hand killer sharp but I am not so good at freehanding knives on a stone. Practice I guess. I have used the Lansky for sharpening old kitchen knives, running through all five stones, nice to restore an old knife to real sharp.
     
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    Kevin you can send one here............I'll be happy to test it out and give my opinion....



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    I use an Arkansas stone and leather once you have an edge
    built up a few licks on a strap is all you need too much and
    you have to regain edge. I have seen guys eating away there
    knives when all they needed was a few licks on the strap!
     
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    A diamond stone and a diamond steel are the way to go. 20 degrees for the angle is common. They make small folding steels for the field.
     
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    Fiskars makes a great little sharpening wheel that will put a nice edge on virtually anything. Finish it off by running it through a set of ceramic rods for a 'fine' edge if desired.

    (Of course, in the back country, you can use a flat stone followed by leather impregnated with crushed rock or sand for the same effect.)
     
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    The Lansky's are nice, I just grew up rubbing a blade on a rock. I guess I'm resistant to change. For stropping a fine edge the side of your leather boot works good, just don't move the blade forward.

    Andy
     
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    Good point.

    Not sure anything will beat 'dirty denim' (work dirty) for a real fine edge. Regular leather pants belts, saddle latego (leather cinch strap) can buff an edge quickly.

    Any knife should be able to shave the print off a newspaper 'without' cutting all the through the paper , taking the ink and leaving the paper.
    Shaving arm hair is a test for a knife that is starting to loose it's edge, shaving hair above the skin is a real test of sharp.
     
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    Kevin

    Got your message, I will glue a couple 'thinngys' together and send it off. Just give me a call when you have some time and I could walk you through getting a blade 'scary sharp' , fun to see how far a blade will go, but testing angles and grit finishes is the only real way to fine tune the way you want to use a knife. Being able to touch up a blade in the field is priceless.

    Ultra

    I need your address again, I send one to ya.

    Anyone else?

    I have a lot of old harness leather and takes just a couple minutes to glue one up. I teach an informal Blacksmith class, it will give the boys something to do.
     
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    Hi,

    the best method depends on if you want a blade that "push cuts" or "draw cuts". The ultimate example for push cutting is a straight razor, very narrow angles and a highly polished edge. The extreme example for draw cutting would be a hand saw, wider angles and a very coarse unpolished edge.

    For many things, such as cutting rope, a knife that has been sharpened with a medium to fine file will outcut the most highly polished hair shaving blade out there. Of course you would never be able to shave with it though, at least not without injury.

    Bye
     
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    I think I posted this link in the 'Woodworking' forum but here it is again> http://www.taunton.com/finewoodworking/pages/w00003.asp
    I like sharp too but as others have said a fine razor sharp edge just doesn't seem to hold up for long but it is fun :D
    Shoerfast, I'd love ta have a stropeboard thingy, think I have some old leather around and will give it a go.
    In general usage around the house/cooking I just use a steel to touch up blades, have several stones I use on my folding and hunting knives. Years ago I had the ceramic rods setup and they worked quite well for a final finish, I'd use them again.

    :cheers:

    Serge
     
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    Use your belt!

    I use the belt that holds my pants up. A belt works great because of the buckle. Take the belt off and string the end through the buckle to create
    a loop. Place this loop around your foot and pull it tight with one hand while stroping the knife with the other.


    This method does have two drawbacks.

    1. It will eventually ruin your belt and your wife will be pissed.

    2. It "MUST" be done while sitting. Otherwise your pants will fall off!!
     
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    kevinj Whatarya, Goofy?

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    Thanks everybody for all your help and suggestions...
    I'm sure others will benefit from all this advice...

    Sincerely,
    kevinj

    :cheers:
     

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