I'm in the same boat, just purchased an Ontario 499 USAF Knife and after 2 hours using a Lansky sharpener it still isn't very sharp. This must be the hardest knife I've ever had to sharpen. Has anyone else had better luck? Wish a had a knifemaking belt sander to get that razor edge quickly.
JParanee, on post #26 you stated Bill did not seem interested in making a knife for you when you first called, can you go into detail why?
Does anyone know his current backlog?
Does Bill answer his emails?
According to Joe Talmadge's article "The Blade Geometry FAQ" at knifeart.com
The sabre grind is a strong edge format. The bevel starts around the middle of the blade, and proceeds flatly towards the edge...
All I'm saying is that of the forged flat grind with convex edge knives that I own, most did not arrive with a servicible edge. These knives were made by ABS M.S and a few J.S. so I would expect the heat treat to not be a factor in the lack of sharpness. It is a big...
I have been a custom knife user for over 20 years. All my customs are forged carbon steel knives, the majority camp knives and bowies. These blades are mainly forged by ABS M.S and J.S., Hendrickson, Graham, etc...with flat grinds and convex edges.
I do own a few sabre ground...