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Sharpmaker question

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by rabbivj, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. rabbivj

    rabbivj Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    When yall use the sharpmaker to touch up the blades, do yall generally use the corners AND the flats? or just the corners? ive had good luck with just using the corners on the UF stones...whats yalls preferred method?

    ETA: i have the med, fine and UF stones if that matters.
  2. Swiss_Army_Man


    May 3, 2011
    I just use the corners of the UF stone as well to touch up my blade and then a light strop to get the razor edge.
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  3. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    I prefer using the flats as I freehand with the stones rather than using the jig. The flats let me feel when the edge is laying flat against the stone more easily. Counterintuitively the flats work very well for sharpening a recurve as well. The two corners of the flats sweep two points one after another on the inside radius of the curve.
  4. rabbivj

    rabbivj Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 1, 2007
    yeh i prefer using the jig myself as im kinda mechanically retarded when judging angles...
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  5. Lapedog


    Dec 7, 2016
    Oh I am also completey retarded at judging angles. It took me quite a while to develop my method.

    All I do i holt the stone rod in one hand lay the flat of the blade against it. Then I slowly start lifting the spine of the knife until I can feel a very tiny almost *click* as the edge lays flat against the stone. Now I make my stoke on the stone heel to tip. Now I lift the blade off the stone and flip the knife over ans repeat on the other side.

    This method is molassas slow but it gets abit faster as you get used to it. The good thing is that since I am matching the factory edge I don't have to do much grinding at all. It is important not to let the edge get too dull or it will take forever to resharpen.

    Of course convex edges are much more difficult to do using this method as they don't have that percievable little click as the edge lays flat.
  6. jumpstat


    Mar 9, 2007
    Need to use both. Corners then the flats. Just ensure that the point of the balde do not leave the flats as you sharpen the blade from heel to toe. This is to minimise any rouding of the point of the blade.
  7. socom1970

    socom1970 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 24, 2015
    ^^^ This for sure.
  8. nyefmaker

    nyefmaker Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    I use both. Just depends on how dull the knife is and what I am trying to achieve. The main thing with the corners is if you keep pulling the knife blade off of it, it will eventually round the tip. Whereas on the flats, you stop your stroke on the flat, thus preserving that pointy tip. The thing to remember is that it doesn't take dozens of swipes on the sharpmaker to put an edge. I have had sebenzas where they would not cut paper and by doing 3 swipes on each side would take them back to a paper slicing machine. I use very little pressure also. Let the stones do the work.
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  9. 416isToronto

    416isToronto Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 4, 2013
    I only use the flats. Easier to make sure the tip doesn't come off.

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