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Old 02-29-2004, 16:37   #31
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I just tried your field technique on my Leatherman blade with the DMT pocket butterfly thing. I actually sharpened my knife! I will continue to practice (I have an old Gerber Mark II that has never been sharpened) before I start thinking I have it down, but you might have just achieved a miracle!

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Old 02-29-2004, 16:40   #32
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Thanks!!!!!!! That just made my whole year. Bill
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Old 02-29-2004, 16:49   #33
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Thanks Bill.


I actually carried small medic scissors in my gear to avoid the embarrassment of trying to saw through stuff with a dull blade.

Prolly why I like spydercos so much!!
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Old 02-29-2004, 17:07   #34
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Lol NDD, that endorsement was priceless!
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Old 02-29-2004, 21:48   #35
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Bill,

When you say the wire edge...do you mean were the edge has rolled over or is burred?

No wonder I can't use a sharpening stone to save my life.

I always thought I had a piece of crap stone, also why I always used a diamond stone.

I always used a standard stone with a drop of CLP (A.K.A. break free) and circle montion starting from hilt moving to tip. Then flip the blade over and move from tip to hilt, but I could never get a good edge until I used a diamond stone.
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Old 02-29-2004, 21:52   #36
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Thanks Sir. I just did all my wife's Henckel kitchen knives. I was much more successful at keeping a constant angle with your described forward/backward without switching sides of the blade technique. Old dad never taught me I could do it that way back in the day...

I was knife sharpening disfunctional as well. I had to buy the lansky diamond kit because of it.

Great thread.
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Old 03-01-2004, 06:59   #37
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This is a great thread. I need to do my kitchen knives.

Mr. Harsey,

How do I sharpen a partially serated edge in the field?
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Old 03-01-2004, 09:23   #38
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Jawbreaker Sir, Great job sharpening! Nothing wrong with the Lansky, it's an awesome rig. You guys are making me proud because your going out and trying. My usual advice to folks who want to try a new way to sharpen is, start with your least favorite knives first, dig deep in the kitchen drawer and you'll find something. Sharpening is a learned skill and you'll just get better each time you do it again. I sharpen standing in the same place at the same bench with the same stone. Judging blade angle becomes natural because I don't have to adjust for other factors. Bill
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Old 03-01-2004, 09:59   #39
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Dear lrd, You asked a great question, How to sharpen a partially serrated blade in the field.
First please know I'll answer this question and you will get a very serviceable sharp edge back but it won't be quite as acutely sharp as most of them come from the factory but it will have better edge endurance.
Spyderco is the modern re-inventor of the serrated blade. I like those people and they deserve credit for the innovations they brought to the worlds knife industry.
I get a number of Spyderco serrations in my shop for sharpening.

FIRST,
The advantages of the serrated edge is it's acute sharpness and aggressive cutting due to it's extremely acute bevel angle.
Also why I think they are so popular is that when real hard stuff is cut with it and the edge is abused, it is dulled in a selective manner leaving some part of the serrations that can still cut.
The gullets (valleys) between points stay sharp because they are protected by the points which usually dull first. This is what makes this type of edge seem to stay sharp longer. Spyderco does very good work.

Sharpening Serrations- Most serrations are ground in from one side only.
The "Yarborough" knife we make for the men of the Untied States Army Special Forces is a different kind of serration. This is a Chisel Point serration, this designed to cut very tough materials and be resharpened perfectly using the same angle as the main edge and at the same time. Just ignore the serrations and sharpen the entire length of the blade.
The reason I bring this up is what I'm about to describe applies more to the Spyderco type serrations.

With apologies to Sal Glesser, founder of Spyderco:
I sharpen the Spyderco type here in the shop just like you will do in the field. I turn the knife over to the side opposite the serrations being ground in from and establish a fine bevel on the back of the serration with a hand held stone.

Match this bevel to your main edge and it should work great. This will resharpen both the points and gullets of that edge. It will also be a stronger edge thus holding up to more hard work better. I stated before they may not be factory sharp but you'll be surprised how sharp they come back up. Some of you are good at going in the front of the serrated grind with shaped stones and matching the initial grind plunge. I don't have that kind of patience. Does this help? Please advise. Bill

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Great thread, great information. Thank you Mr Harsey:

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NOTE: Sharpening knives is dangerous and should not be attempted without adequate professional training and safety gear. Avoid cutting yourself, or others, as well as treasured items. Knives may inflict serious injuries, even when dull. Attempt sharpening at your own risk.
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Outstanding!
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"The handling of sharp objects is not advised for the intellectually challenged."

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Does this help? Please advise. Bill
Bill,

It helps a lot. I figured there had to be a better way than working it on my hook sharpener.

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You don't follow court decisions here much any more, do you?

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