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How I like to sharpen knives...

J. Neilson Aug 14, 2007

  1. J. Neilson

    J. Neilson Caught in the Mosh Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    culpeper, Pmlknives, juiceman and 2 others like this.
  2. jimmydred

    jimmydred Duraznos Pesado

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    Thanks for the GREAT post !
    -JImmy
     
  3. Mr.LaBella

    Mr.LaBella ←The № 1 Devil→ Administrator

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    :bow: I am going to The MountainHollow!
     
  4. BennytheBlade

    BennytheBlade LUC4 JDBA Official Member Super Moderator Brigade Member

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    Awesome info.
    Next best thing to talking to you at the show is a vid seeing how you work.
    Thanks for posting it J.
     
  5. Galloglas

    Galloglas knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Dude, I loved that you were wearing the JD shirt when you did the video...

    Awsome. :jdevil:

    Brian
     
  6. J. Neilson

    J. Neilson Caught in the Mosh Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Always have to plug the mighty JD. Glad you like the video, hope it helps.
     
  7. The General

    The General The Devil's General Brigade Member

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    Thats cool to see, though I prefer a polished edge!:jdwink2:
     
  8. MadDaddy

    MadDaddy Pat in the box

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    Great video and tips.
     
  9. dfarmerknives

    dfarmerknives Tattoo Man says Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    sweet tips. thanks.
     
  10. J. Neilson

    J. Neilson Caught in the Mosh Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Thanks guys.

    General, a polished edge is good, don't get me wrong. It's personal preference but, if you got to cut away at something loose (as demonstrated in a free hanging rope cut or similar chore) the knife will just knock the material away without penetrating and cutting it. Everything has it's place though.

    I wouldn't want to shave my face with a toothy edge. :umberto:
     
  11. corwin99

    corwin99 Enormous member

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    That is a wicked video.. thanks!
     
  12. Bill Buxton

    Bill Buxton knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Nicely done J. I'm with you, I like a toothy more aggressive edge.

    Bill
     
  13. deker

    deker MIA

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    Excellent video! Short and to the point.

    Now I just need to get a leather belt....

    -d
     
  14. Stabber

    Stabber Stabber's Steel Connection Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    Another great Vid/tips J!![​IMG]

    BUT!, Can I come to your house and use your machines:manganr:
     
  15. dfarmerknives

    dfarmerknives Tattoo Man says Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    I am thinking the same thing. I have been using a buffer pad
     
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    Bruce New Jersey's *other* Bruce

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    I've thought about getting a leather belt for my small belt grinder. You convinced me. Nice video.
    :ssmile:
     
  18. J. Neilson

    J. Neilson Caught in the Mosh Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    They do make things easier for me. I used to buff my edges (which also works very well) but, even with only a couple passes, I'd have an edge shinier than my blades normal finish. It was fine on damascus blades but, on the H-R finish it looked off. It was always an extra step to even the finish back out. Not tough but, being able to eliminate unnecessary steps (without sacrificing quality of course!) is sure a help when this is your livelihood.
     
  19. Bill Buxton

    Bill Buxton knifemaker Knife Maker or Craftsman

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    I don't want to step on anyone toes, but another way to final strop is with a homemade leather stroping board. Like J. described in his video the wire edge is what your sharpening for using the 220 belt, but once this is accomplished you can also remove that wire edge and leave a true edge by just stroping. Take a piece of 8-9oz. leather or heavier and cut a piece about 1" wide and 12" to 16" long. Cut yourself a 1"x1" board. I used a piece of oak because it was handy and hard with little spring when stropping. anyway, glue the leather piece ( grain side out) on your 1" board using epoxy and let it cure over night. Now after you attain your wire edge, hold the blade at a steeper angle (30 - 60 degrees depending on the original edge angle) then you used on your grinder or stone and strop both ways this will break off the wire edge and leave the true edge. Just another way to get sharp again.

    Bill
     
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  20. samhain73

    samhain73 I am the who when you call who's there

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    Nice tutorial! That spring loaded sander looks really cool, and easy to adjust.
     

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