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  1. M

    Favorite stone for setting bevels and minor repair?

    All good points and well said! :thumbsup:
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    Favorite stone for setting bevels and minor repair?

    Blues, ahh, I see! :) I didn't even think about that aspect of it. bgentry, I was disappointed that the XXC, as well as other stones around 120 grit, didn't remove metal as fast as I thought they would . But I often use 120 for sharpening, so the money was still well-spent. I agree with...
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    Favorite stone for setting bevels and minor repair?

    Good point, but the amount of swarf I clean off doesn't matter much to me, especially since I only use water as a lubricant. If I have to to clean off a small amount of swarf it's worth it to clean up a little more for faster metal removal. But that's just me. :)
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    Favorite stone for setting bevels and minor repair?

    "Smooth" isn't an attribute I look for in a stone I use to quickly hog off metal.
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    Anyone Use or Have Their Knives Sharpened with a Tormek

    Good one! 😀 I had and used a 1x30 belt sander for awhile but never felt comfortable with it, probably because there was no one to teach me the fine points in person and I didn't want to unintentionally damage expensive knives. I only freehand sharpen now, but then I don't do high-volume...
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    Assembling A Sharpening Kit

    The best and quickest stone I've found for reprofiling, and often to start sharpening with, is the 60 grit Baryonyx Manticore. Although I enjoy freehand sharpening and reprofiling, I don't have the time or inclination to spend any more time at it than I have to (while not compromising quality).
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    Assembling A Sharpening Kit

    Mister Coffee, are you aware of the advantages and disadvantages of coarse vs. smooth edges for what you want to do with your knives? If not, you could end up buying stones you don't need.
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    Light weight knife for hiking - have to admit, it makes a difference.

    I know no one will believe any human could carry that much weight but, just in case I get into an emergency or survival situation in a forest wilderness and need a knife that will do just about everything a knife can do, on long hikes and camping trips I carry a knife that weighs a whole...
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    Recommendation? FOMO - I need a huge huge blade!

    West Senkovec, I like ~0.25 spines and finger choils on big knives, which for me eliminates the RTAK II and Junglas. Ontario used to make an SP50 and SP51, which (sadly) I think have both been discontinued, but you might still be able to find one on the internet. If I'm going to carry a big...
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    Ideal edge for hunting knife?

    Can this edge be maintained for awhile with light passes at ~400 grit or do you always have to go back to ~120 grit every time to maintain the coarse scratch pattern? Thank you...
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    Ideal edge for hunting knife?

    DMT also makes a coarse/extra-coarse Double Sided DiaFold (325/220 grit respectively). I maintain edges with the 325 grit and the 220 is useful to repair minor edge damage.
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    Recommendation? Sharpening stones or sharpening systems?

    I freehand sharpen only and don't know anything about guided systems (except for a Sharpmaker bought many years ago), including the WE. :)
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    Recommendation? Sharpening stones or sharpening systems?

    onionsninja, I suggest you read and study The Razor Edge Book of Sharpening, by John Juranitch. It helped me immensely to understand and apply the few simple sharpening principles better than anything I had read before, and the great photos and drawings helped a lot. The best part was I could...
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    Sharpening time for different steel hardness

    I like diamonds but the limitation/disadvantage for me is they don't hog off metal fast enough, even at very low grits. I prefer SiC because I can use more pressure.
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    Will a cheap whetstone kit work for me

    I see you bought some abrasives already but I might as well post this since I already wrote it. I think you made a good choice with the DMTs. I usually briefly strop on denim, copy paper, cardboard, or some other medium but of course leather is fine, too. Some good advice on the posts here...
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    Coarse Stone Question

    Good question. I use and like the Manticore but have never seriously compared it to the scratches left by other abrasives, so can't fully answer your question. Of course, the steel composition of the blade is also a major factor, as is the observer's perception and definition of what "deep"...
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    Coarse Stone Question

    YW I wouldn't hold a diamond plate while sharpening a knife. Like you said, too thin. I tried not lubricating stones for awhile to avoid the mess but found that most people and instructions advise using lubrication because it works. I just use water on the Manticore benchstone. At least...
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