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Best angle for EDC knife

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by romad97, Dec 16, 2012.

  1. romad97


    Nov 24, 2012
    What angle do you all prefer to profile for your EDC knives? I just recieved a beautiful custom fixed blade. It has a 3 1/4 in blade and is about 1/8 inch thick I am guestimating. This knife will be used for hunting and just general every day use. I am somewhat new to knives and such. I am ordering a wicked edge sharpening system for christmas. I know it does not need to be sharpened yet, it is very sharp but, at some point I will need to re profile it as it is not perfectly even on both sides right now. Just looking for tips and opinions on what the best angle is for this type of knife.
  2. bluntcut

    bluntcut KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Apr 28, 2012
    Pics, HT, steel, profile, geometry, maker???

    A blind folded recommendation for game dressing & minor bushcraft angle = 15*/side back bevel, 20*/side cutting(or micro).
  3. romad97


    Nov 24, 2012
    Excuse my ignorance but, I don't know what back bevel or side cutting(or micro) means. Steel is 1095 and its a dart style knife made by backwoods custom.
  4. me2


    Oct 11, 2003
    He means to set the sharpening angle at 15°/side and then add a very small (micro) bevel with just 5 or 6 passes per side at 20°/side. This adds strength to the very edge and doesnt noticably decrease the cutting ability.

    I have been using a Cold Steel Scalper fixed blade set at 12°/side with a 15°/side microbevel. It has been fine for everything up to and including bone cutting, though bone does dull it.
  5. GRIM 62

    GRIM 62

    Mar 29, 2009
    The maker that you bought it from recommends a leather strop for his knives.
  6. james terrio

    james terrio Sharpest Knife in the Light Socket Moderator

    Apr 15, 2010
    It also depends on how thick the blade right behind the edge is. If the blade is ground very thin and keen, light touchups with a strop or fine stone at a fairly high angle (20-25 degrees per side) will keep it very sharp throughout a lot of use. If the edge is thicker but you want to use it for fine cutting tasks, I would want a much shallower edge angle for better cutting performance.

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  7. Swoop03


    Dec 1, 2012
    For my general EDC I reprofile to a 17 degree angle. I am not 100% sure on the system if the 17 is per-side or inclusive. I'd say its inclusive though as the edge is fairly thin. That would make it 8½° per side.
  8. If using the Lansky (per your post in the other thread), the '17' setting is per side, which implies 34° inclusive. As an example, if the blade edge extends ~5/8" or so beyond the front of the clamp, the true angle will be in the ballpark of ~15°/side, when using the '17' setting. The marked settings on the Lansky clamp are accurate as measured at the immediate front edge of the clamp. Angle gets a bit lower as the blade gets wider, and the edge is further away from the front of the clamp. But to get 8.5°/side, the blade will have to be extremely wide (several inches). More 'typical' EDC blades of 1" width or less, will likely end up in the 12°-17°/side range (24°-34° inclusive), which is obviously more reasonable for EDC knives.

    A 15°/side (30° inclusive) edge does look pretty thin, and the resulting bevel widths will look pretty wide, if one hasn't been accustomed to seeing it before. Lots of production knives will be thicker than that, and many a lot thicker, from the factory.

    Last edited: Dec 17, 2012
  9. bacustomknives

    bacustomknives FULL THROTTLE / FULLTIME KNIFE MAKER Moderator Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Sep 3, 2008
    Buy the strop i post in my forsale section is all you need i free hand my cutting edges,a strop is the best way to go on my knives personally,you go using a sharpmaker and you will take off the wire edge and end up in thick steel and your done for,just being truthful with you

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