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    I want to start sharpening my own Emerson knives, what tools do I need for the job?


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    Hello,

    So I want to start sharpening my own Emersons and was just confused on what exactly I needed to get.. Sharpening with the rod looks easy enough but does anybody have one that they can recommend? I am looking at the one on Emerson's website and just wanted to see what else was out there. If those do-it-yourself types could post what setup they actually have for their knives, it would be great. Tips for a newbie would be more than welcome.

    I own a MiniCom, Mini 15, and 7 so I am not looking forward to the recurves and tantos lol.

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    Well i have the Edge Pro Apex http://www.edgeproinc.com/Apex-Model...Pro-System-c3/ and the Wicked Edge http://www.wickededgeusa.com/ and with time and practice I can get a nice edge going but I doubt you want to "practice" on your Emersons

    But honestly I would abandon both of those sharpeners for the $70 Work Sharp from Darex http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
    That is the best designed tool I've seen in a long time. Produces a perfect convex edge without removing any more stock than you wish. How in the world do you beat that for $70. This thing is so easy to use my kids are sharpening the kitchen knives. You cannot go wrong with this piece.

    BTW. I would sell or trade the other two in a heartbeat

    Best of luck.

    f

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    Just follow Ernie's words in the FAQ and you'll realise that it is as simple as he says.

    It's not difficult to sharpen by hand a blunt knife to shaving sharp in a few minutes. If it's a recurve, use a rod if it's straight or upswept, use a flat stone. Start coarse and go fine.

    Practise, practise, practise.

    Have fun and don't waste your money on systems as you'll learn fook all.

    Take care,

    Ben

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    I have had great success with an inexpensive ceramic sharpening rod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avphred View Post
    But honestly I would abandon both of those sharpeners for the $70 Work Sharp from Darex http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
    That is the best designed tool I've seen in a long time. Produces a perfect convex edge without removing any more stock than you wish. How in the world do you beat that for $70. This thing is so easy to use my kids are sharpening the kitchen knives. You cannot go wrong with this piece.
    Don't waste your money on this thing. It does a lousy job with a chisel edge, and the "guide" will scratch the hell out of the side of the blade. Worst $70 I ever spent.

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    For me the Work Sharp does a good job. Not sure how well it would work on a chisel grind. I also have good luck with a Sharp Maker. I would like to take my sharpening to the next level, but these two work good for me.

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    I like the Lansky/Gatco guided sharpeners. I set the angle at 30 degrees until I feel a burr, then strop the other side.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cevtv View Post
    Don't waste your money on this thing. It does a lousy job with a chisel edge, and the "guide" will scratch the hell out of the side of the blade. Worst $70 I ever spent.
    I agree, that's basically a belt sander!

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    The Work Sharp is fantastic on just about anything BUT chisel grind blades.
    I can put hair splitting edges on traditional 40 degree inclusives, it's the best I've used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raf32 View Post
    The Work Sharp is fantastic on just about anything BUT chisel grind blades.
    I can put hair splitting edges on traditional 40 degree inclusives, it's the best I've used.
    Yeah, I absolutely love my worksharp. Although, I don't use the edge guide. But I wouldn't use it on my Emersons.

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    For my Mini Commander, I use the Spyderco Sharpmaker on the 30 degree setting, just using the triangle edge only on the sharpened side of the knife. Then I strop both sides.

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