luvhuntin wrote:I`m a freak about sharp knives. I have an old gatco three stone sharpening kit that comes with a guide you clamp the blade in and has different holes that guide rods on the stones slide through to keep the angle even on both sides of the blade.
I can get knives plenty sharp with it but not quite that factory edge I really want, anyone have another option that works better?
kellory wrote:I also have One of those honing rod like you see the chefs using on tv (came with some knives) but I never quite got the hang of useing it. Now for a quick field sharpening, I have a carbide cutter about 3-4 inches long that rides in my pack that you slide down the lenth of the blade that does a great job. The cutting edge is about 1/2 inch or so wide. It will give a paper slicing edge in a few strokes.
luvhuntin wrote:woods walker tell me more about the angles you refer to.
the kit i have has angles of 11 15 19 22 and 25 your saying you try to stay on the 11 to 19 side of the guide?
since I`ve gotten semi good with it i have always tried to maintain the factory angle so I can prevent having multiple angles on the finished edge I think this leather strope step is what i was missing.
I found and old belt it`s not perfectly smooth but it still touched up a hunting knife rather quickly. with some practice i think i will have attained that level of sharpness i`m looking for.
what bugged me about my sharpening was the blade edge felt more like sandpaper than a polished edge.that`s what i was calling a factory edge.
I`m also using a couple of gerber knives they seem to sharpen way better than the outdoor edge knife i have. that one took some work after it was dull. but seems to hold the edge now that i have it sharp again.
I agree about the sharp knife being a joy to use. I`ve had to resharpen some hunting freinds knives. it got to a point this year no one would gut a deer till i got there with the good knife, good grief!
Thanks for the help Guys
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