Effective Stone sharpening with one hand

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by Steve San Filippo, Oct 25, 2020.

Advice on one-hand knife stone sharpening

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  1. Steve San Filippo

    Steve San Filippo

    Jan 23, 2018
    Stone sharpening with one hand advice
  2. Bill DeShivs

    Bill DeShivs KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jun 6, 2000
    You will need a sturdy, fixed base for your stone.
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  3. garry3


    Sep 11, 2012
    It's not a problem. I do it pretty regular with full length edge leading passes, heel to tip.
  4. With only one hand, it might be worth considering taking the stone in-hand, with the blade in a fixed support. Support or clamp the knife in a fixed position, and use the stone to work both sides.

    The video below sort of hints at how this might be done, using stones affixed to paddles, which affords better control and helps keep the fingers clear as well. In this example, the sharpener is using both of his hands. But it's not hard to see how the same might be done with the blade securely supported by a clamp or vise.

    Another possibility, is to use a V-crock style setup with stones/hones angled on each side, such as the Sharpmaker or a similar tool. Affix the sharpening rig securely to the table or bench, so it can't move. Then just draw the blade along the inside edges of the 'V', keeping the spine vertical as you do so. For touch-up or light maintenance sharpening, this method would likely be the simplest, with a lot of market options available to do it.
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