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Discussion in 'Buck Knives' started by JOE NOWICKI, Jun 3, 2020.



    Dec 19, 2018
    I have been looking for a decent knife sharpner. Any Sugestions?
  2. dpsk


    Nov 7, 2019
    It's not meant for reprofiling or for heavily used/damaged blades, but I like the "Work Sharp Guided Field Sharpener" for tune ups. Higher end sharpeners are way beyond my skill set.
  3. Smitty0315


    May 21, 2019
    I use the Ken Onion Worksharp. I originally was using the guides but prefer a little more free handed now.
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  4. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    sharpmaker works great for touchups. reprofiling I use a wicked edge or just my diamond bench stones and freehand. i used to use a belt sander, but now just use stones or sharpmaker.
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2020
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  5. Jeff of the North

    Jeff of the North Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 22, 2020
    I have a Lansky Controlled-Angle system with a ton of grit options that I'm very satisfied with.
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  6. afishhunter

    afishhunter Basic Member Basic Member

    Oct 21, 2014
    A steady hand and a Smith's or Lansky tri-stone with a man-made "coarse" plus medium and hard Arkansas stones?
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  7. PirateSeulb


    Jun 6, 2017
    Are you looking for a guided sharpener? What kind of budget are we considering? What type(s) of steel are you sharpening?

    I have and use a KMT Deluxe kit and it works great for all my needs so far.
    I liked the idea of the Ken Onion Worksharp but I feared a motorized system, particularly with me, would do more damage than good but definitely a tempting system.
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  8. BP_

    BP_ Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 26, 2015
    I use my Work Sharp KO and my Sharpmaker, and a strop. They are both easy to use, which was important to me when I first got started :thumbsup:
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  9. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    easiest is a belt sharpener. factory even uses one. just be careful knocked off or rounded tips if not taken off the belt at the right time, and too much removal and convex edges which isnt a bad thing if it isnt over done.

    I still use mine for my user machetes, much faster than a file or stones.
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  10. Wolfjohn


    May 16, 2002
    Believe it or not, that little pocket/keychain Mini Crock Stick puts an incredible edge on a blade. Awesome for $5
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  11. guy g

    guy g Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 22, 2000
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  12. SOLEIL

    SOLEIL Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 20, 2006
    All in all, the best sharpeners are the ones that each individual excels at. I use belts, diamond and ceramic rods/ovals. Stopped using stones and guided systems long past. There are 100 ways to sharpen and they all work given the skill of the user. You may go through a number of different ones until you find what's best for you. The quest for sharpeners can get as expensive or as cheap as the knives you're sharpening. The grail quest for the KNIFE and the SHARPENER can end up at an equal cost.
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  13. GPyro

    GPyro Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 18, 2019
    Just make sure that whatever you chose goes to the angle that Buck sharpens to.
    Some don't.
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  14. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    good point. need +-30 inclusive typically. course free hand benchstones allows for that.:)
  15. Hickory n steel

    Hickory n steel Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 11, 2016
    I do all my sharpening by hand.
    It's not too hard to follow the factory bevel and keep a good edge on all my old school blade steels such as 420hc from Buck.
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  16. sassafrassdogs

    sassafrassdogs Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 21, 2016
    I send mine to Buck for the SPA service, it's only $6.95 per blade and it's done right.... If it's not a Buck I use a tri-stone...
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  17. Ernie1980

    Ernie1980 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2012
    I have tried lots of different ways over the years, from guided systems to water stones. Now, I most often use the Ken Onion Worksharp. It gives great results quickly, and when used on the lowest speed you won’t do much damage even while learning.
  18. MT_Pokt


    Jul 21, 2014
    I use the Sharpmaker unless I need to do some serious profiling then I use my Norton IM313.
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  19. bucklife301

    bucklife301 Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 3, 2018
    I use the ken onion work sharp for stuff that’s usually never been sharpened or has bad edge damage or broken tip and needs reprofiled , I think I have become a pro with the work sharp, But I just use a ceramic rod on my new stuff when it gets a little dull
  20. BuckShack

    BuckShack Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 19, 2015
    I use a brass EZE Lap Diamond "M" mainly because it looks cool and it's easy to carry. It works. But, I use a ceramic rod mostly and touch up the edge frequently (after use) and test on paper as I go.
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