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    Sharpen with the edge pro, touch up with the sharpmaker?

    What you are suggesting/asking....is EXACTLY where I think the sharpmaker shines. Been wanting to buy the UF rods, but for the last couple years I've just been too impressed with what a few light swipes will on the sharpmaker will do. Now, bringing back a truly dull edge...you couldn't PAY...
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    paper wheel users

    Not tried it, so I can't help with experience. May be a little "toothier" than you like...idunno. Do you have any stones? The reason why is that I do have the paper wheels, and love them for the right application, and if I want a toothy edge I sharpen like normal on both wheels then grab...
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    Thinking of a small knife sharpening business

    I want to revive this thread as I'm in the same boat as the O.P. Sadly, the price on the shop-sharp is not completely out of line if you spend some time researching other "commercial" type system. The Tormek T-7 will run about $700 Anybody who's used the Tormek have any input on the...
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    Questions about spyderco sharpmaker

    I say it's a pressure thing. The Sharpmaker is the system that taught me pressure DOES matter. Don't remember ever getting results like yours but I did form a few very small burrs and my edges did make leaps when I slowed down and lightened up on pressure. As a point of reference I use...
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    Get'g more grip out of a Smooth Paper Micarta Handle?

    Will micarta "burn" or melt? Even just a little? My idea is to get some screendoor wire. Take a piece and get it red hot (or real close...if memory serves correctly it goes from red to "gone" real fast...may have been a really rusty piece though) and then press it into the handle. If it...
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    Inflection Points in shaving

    Hamon, don't want to be argumentative but a boar brush has perhaps one thing going for it...(besides price)...they supposedly will work up a lather quicker. Me, I use one 'cause I'm cheap! lol They do soften up considerably with age...In fact I need to pick up a second one for "just in case"...
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    Inflection Points in shaving

    Gollnick...you got me. My own statement does add to this supposed "mystery". What I should have said is that if I try to skip something BIG...like shaving pre-shower or without using hot water or SOMETHING to soften the hair...I can tell, and I can tell big time. My "ritual" is a lot...
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    Inflection Points in shaving

    That's good. One thing it sounds like we've both learned is it's usually OUR fault on the prep work as opposed to the blades fault. Also, perhaps I should have been a little more specific. By rotating them out they talk like it will take awhile. I kinda got the impression that they'd use...
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    Inflection Points in shaving

    Good to hear citizen. Those feathers are supposed to be untouched in the "scary-sharp" department but keep some other on hand. I've heard a few times on the boards that even the guys who love them can't use them too long. They have to rotate them out. They're just TOO sharp and take off more...
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    Inflection Points in shaving

    I'm only 23, and luckily, I like you discovered the "older" shaving equipment. I've used a mug and brush with a $2.00 gillette DE razor I got at a garage sale for the last year. I'll never willingly go back to "canned" foams, and never willingly go back to the uber-6000 mega razors. (I won't...
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    Best way to spend my money? (Stones?)

    Just the ceramic rods that come with the Spyderco Sharpmaker (medium and fine). I've heard exactly what you're describing between diamonds vs. sandpaper...and it makes sense. Will I have to "pull" the edge along a X-course stone or will I still be able to "push" the edge? (I call stropping...
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    Best way to spend my money? (Stones?)

    Thanks, Just how aggressive is the the X-coarse? I know the grit size (60micron...about 250?) but the only thing I have to compare that to is 220grit sandpaper. I have either a course or x-coarse lansky diamond stone but again, hard to compare a .5x4" stone's cutting characteristic to a 8x3"...
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    Best way to spend my money? (Stones?)

    I'm going plunge into the "next" level. What I have now is the Spyderco SharpMaker, Lanksy kit, and an assortment of sandpaper and foam pads. I'm still using old, smooth belts, and paper for strops. I've looked at the DMTs...want to go continous surfaces. I've looked at the Shapton...
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    Rescue folder mods?

    Maybe something like model 4 would fit around the SOG's big trademark "pivot screw"...for lack of a better term. As to the how.......I'm useless. http://www.knifekits.com/vcom/index.php?cPath=60_101 I know it's on the big side...and with two blades probably on the heavy side but if he thinks...
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    Sharpening w/ Fine Grit Belts

    You JERK!!! Now I have to figure out how to get my knives to "free shave" instead of the good ole fashioned "shave". ARRGGGHHHH!! LOL ,this is actually good to hear. I think I'll bump a small belt sander up "the list" a few notches.
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    New christmass gift.

    Baba, that's easily the prettiest Sodbuster design I've seen. Big Philly, let us know how it "works". (If it's a knife you plan to "work"...I know some just like to look, and that's cool.) I've thought for a long time that if I ever need a machete I'm skipping that and goin' the route of the...
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    Rediscovery

    Like you robert, I go back to freehanding on sandpaper/foam every now and then. My success rate isn't as high (I mean, we could train chimps to use the sharpmaker)...but when the results are good I'm much more satisfied. I've yet to see a knife that doesn't look better with a convex edge...
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    Whats the coarsest benchstone you know of?

    Heck Hardheart, I forgot most broadheads are only hardened to the mid 50s at most. (Some reach high 50s and a few stay in the 40s) Axes/machetes are also very soft compared to a nice piece of treated D2 or 1095. Now I have to actually get over my fear of scratching my pretty knife blades and...
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    Whats the coarsest benchstone you know of?

    You need a way to vise or hold the blade but I like a 12" $18 Nicholson file. (Mill Bastard or "single cut"). There's definitely a learning curve. But once I learned that there a many traditional bowhunters who sharpen their broadheads with nothing but a file (and get them shaving sharp) I had...
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