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    ZT 0450 vs. Sharpmaker with CBN rods


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    No picts., but not much to show anyway. I am dissatisfied with the angle of the Zero Tolerance 0450 and want to reprofile. I put the CBN rods in the Sharpmaker and used a rubber band on the top, pinching them inwards in the 40 slots. I measured 15.7 degrees per side. I have spent over 3 hrs. grinding up and down and have not reached a burr. The CBN rods were barely used and are not defective. Also, I have used light pressure. What a terrible showing for the SM.- like watching a basketball team lose 92-3! I'm just about convinced the SM is worthless for anything beyond touch-ups.

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    I went through a similar situation with my SM. I spent about 90 minutes to reach a burr with the diamond rods which I'm sure took a lot of life out of those rods! I now reprofile on the EP or by hand on a large diamond plate for larger knives.

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    Those brown rods are the suck unless you collect knives of 1095.

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    ?!? Why are you complaining? You are using a tool for something it was not intended for. Don't blame the tool, blame the user.

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    Small hones.

    Not so much about the abrasive used, of which CBN is appropriate to the steel type; but the hones are just too small & narrow to work efficiently for thinning or rebevelling a thick-edged blade in highly wear-resistant steel. I went through the same aggravation with my Lansky, in trying to thin/rebevel a ZT-0350 in S30V. I had started the job with the standard Lansky hones (AlOx), which dished & glazed the two coarsest of them to ruin. I finished the job, barely, to not-quite-a-burr and 'acceptable' sharpness, using a supplementary Lansky medium diamond hone, about 6 hours after starting it. Lesson learned, and a valuable one at that.

    In more recent, similar situations with S30V blades, I've since done this type of job on something like a Coarse 8" x 2" diamond hone, in maybe ~ 45 minutes' time.


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    Last edited by Obsessed with Edges; 03-20-2017 at 09:03 AM.

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    Yep, did that once, Sharpmaker, Diamond rods, and the benchmade Mini Pocket Rocket (M390) 2 hours wasted, still no burr, i gave up and let it be sharpened by EP.

    Fast forward to last year. i had a friend who wanted a slight increase in angle for his ZT560 elmax. took me 45 minutes to pull up the shoulder, and another 30 minutes shining the thing. I dare say i did a pretty decent job for what it was worth. EP is still my go to where re-profiling is needed.

    I don't know if you will have the same problem i did, but i lost a lot of bite using aluminium stones on 450's S35VN. I was whining about it on another thread on here.

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    I use a Worksharp with blade attachment for reprofiling. Set to a sharpmaker angle, and 5 minutes to complete. Then I can move to SM. If you add things up, the worksharp is not that expensive. If you are not replacing abrasives you keep cost down.

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    The Sharpmaker is a "Sharp" Maker, not a "Re-Profiling" Maker. It's a great tool to keep knives sharp. It was never intended for re-profiling blades.

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    Sharpmaker Not Intended For Big Stock Removals IMO

    Let me start out by saying that I love the 204 Sharpmaker. I have two of them and use them both a lot. But you need to understand that every sharpening tool has it's limits. The 204 Sharpmaker in my humble opinion was never intended to do extensive stock removal of a knife that's really needing a serious reprofiling job done on it. The Sharpmaker should actually be called the Sharp-Maintainer.

    To me the 204 Sharpmaker is a sharpening tool designed for maintaining already reasonably sharp edges. It will wear you out to try to do a major reprofiling job with it. I basically use one of my coarse or extra-coarse diamond benchstones for major stock removal and for a serious reprofiling job.

    But to get an already reprofiled edge back to being razor sharp I don't think there is a tool out there that can beat it.

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    I last used my SM with CBN to do a reprofile on a Delica ZDP to even up the bevels. It worked but took longer than I expected.

    Now, I just use the SM for maintenance of my EDC and kitchen knives at which it excels.

    But, for reprofile or repair work, I get out my DMT Aligner or EP clone.
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    Newbie here, just registered to ask a few questions.

    I have a sharpmaker that I've been using for about a month and really like it. I've read a lot about it and understand it's not really meant for profiling, but I've also read that you can use some coarse sandpaper wrapped around the rods, or obtain a coarse diamond stone and clamp to the rods for reprofiling.

    My current knives consist of VG10 steel at the hardest, so the sandpaper trick has worked fine for me for reprofiling. Why wouldn't either sandpaper or clamping a diamond stone to the rods work with the harder steel? Basically you are using a coarse stone, but using the sharpmaker to provide an angle guide. Should take as long as any other method, no?

    Question #2- why is the OP using rubber bands on the rods to effectively make a 30 degree angle (15.x on each side)? Why not just use the 30 degree slots on the sharpmaker? Am I missing something here?

    Thanks! I've learned a lot on this forum just by lurking and reading, and hope to continue to learn even more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F308gt4 View Post
    Newbie here, just registered to ask a few questions.

    I have a sharpmaker that I've been using for about a month and really like it. I've read a lot about it and understand it's not really meant for profiling, but I've also read that you can use some coarse sandpaper wrapped around the rods, or obtain a coarse diamond stone and clamp to the rods for reprofiling.

    My current knives consist of VG10 steel at the hardest, so the sandpaper trick has worked fine for me for reprofiling. Why wouldn't either sandpaper or clamping a diamond stone to the rods work with the harder steel? Basically you are using a coarse stone, but using the sharpmaker to provide an angle guide. Should take as long as any other method, no?

    Question #2- why is the OP using rubber bands on the rods to effectively make a 30 degree angle (15.x on each side)? Why not just use the 30 degree slots on the sharpmaker? Am I missing something here?

    Thanks! I've learned a lot on this forum just by lurking and reading, and hope to continue to learn even more.
    I used a rubber band for two reasons. The CBN rods were moving around in the 15 degree slots. When I put the rubber band as described, the rods were very stable. Secondly, the angle was almost 16, which is really closer to what I wanted.

    The steel on the knife was really hard and I doubt that sandpaper would do much. I'd probably die of old age before finishing reprofiling. The CBN rods were supposed to be better than the Spyderco diamond rods for this. I can't imagine that!

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    You're best off switching to a sharpening system that is better suited for reprofiling, whether it be a motorized grinder, freehand stones or a guided system, such as the Wicked Edge or Edge Pro. Those latter systems can get expensive.

    But the easiest and cheapest solution is to send your knife off to one of our talented sharpeners on the forum. Have them put a 30-degree edge on it. Then keep it sharp with the 40-degree stone setting on your Sharpmaker, which basically gives you a microbevel. Microbevels are far faster and easier to maintain than full edges. You'll soon be singing praise for the lowly Sharpmaker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvdavidr View Post
    I used a rubber band for two reasons. The CBN rods were moving around in the 15 degree slots. When I put the rubber band as described, the rods were very stable. Secondly, the angle was almost 16, which is really closer to what I wanted.

    The steel on the knife was really hard and I doubt that sandpaper would do much. I'd probably die of old age before finishing reprofiling. The CBN rods were supposed to be better than the Spyderco diamond rods for this. I can't imagine that!
    Thanks for the explanation.

    Did you try a coarse diamond stone clamped to the rods? I've seen pics of people attaching DMT stones to the rods with a large binder clip and using that to reprofile. I imagine a coarse stone (or extra coarse) would work faster than the CBN rods.

    See post #11 on this thread:
    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...rco-Sharpmaker

    Or post #4 on this thread:
    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...-on-knife-tips
    Last edited by F308gt4; 03-20-2017 at 09:08 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wvdavidr View Post
    The CBN rods were supposed to be better than the Spyderco diamond rods for this. I can't imagine that!
    There's no discernible difference in their performance.

    The CBN rods are only 'better' than the diamond rods in that the CBN particles are supposedly held more securely by the substrate.

    The main problem is that both the CBN and diamond SM rods are only about 400 grit. You need much lower grits to effectively reprofile/repair, like 100~220.
    Last edited by TravisH; 03-20-2017 at 09:50 PM.
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    Sold my sharpmaker and use the KME or KO with Blade Grinder attachment, depending on what I'm sharpening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by F308gt4 View Post
    Newbie here, just registered to ask a few questions.

    I have a sharpmaker that I've been using for about a month and really like it. I've read a lot about it and understand it's not really meant for profiling, but I've also read that you can use some coarse sandpaper wrapped around the rods, or obtain a coarse diamond stone and clamp to the rods for reprofiling.

    My current knives consist of VG10 steel at the hardest, so the sandpaper trick has worked fine for me for reprofiling. Why wouldn't either sandpaper or clamping a diamond stone to the rods work with the harder steel? Basically you are using a coarse stone, but using the sharpmaker to provide an angle guide. Should take as long as any other method, no?

    Question #2- why is the OP using rubber bands on the rods to effectively make a 30 degree angle (15.x on each side)? Why not just use the 30 degree slots on the sharpmaker? Am I missing something here?

    Thanks! I've learned a lot on this forum just by lurking and reading, and hope to continue to learn even more.
    Is that VG10 knife a Street Bowie by any chance?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TravisH View Post

    The main problem is that both the CBN and diamond SM rods are only about 400 grit. You need much lower grits to effectively reprofile/repair, like 100~220.
    Thanks, that's what I was getting at. It sounds like the OP needs something coarser than the CBN sharpmaker rods. If he already has a coarse or extra-coarse stone, he may be able to clamp to the sharpmaker rods to get the reprofiling done.

    Quote Originally Posted by Securis View Post
    Is that VG10 knife a Street Bowie by any chance?
    No, 2 Delica's and an Endura.

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    I just picked up a brand new ZT 0566 in S35VN and took a few passes with a sharpie-markered blade. I could see the stones were only hitting the very shoulders of the edge bevel. I didn't even bother putting in the diamond rods - I just packaged up the knife and sent it off to a professional to get an 18-degrees per side edge bevel put on it that I can MAINTAIN on the sharpmaker going forward. I knew I'd have been in for a long, unproductive night, so off it went.
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