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Having trouble getting D2 sharp. Wrong Stone?

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by LivingLikeLarry, Aug 13, 2019.

  1. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007
    You should be able to shave arm hair with a 200 grit, or 400 grit stone edge.

    I have taken D2 to shaving sharp on a sheet of automotive sand paper. 400 grit.

    D2 has large almost plate like carbide (under high magnification). Diamomd stones can be had pretty cheap.
     
  2. Bigfattyt

    Bigfattyt Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 23, 2007

    I think you mean to say there is a wealth, abundance, surfeit, of information on this site. Dearth means scarcity or lack of...
     
  3. Craig James

    Craig James

    52
    Oct 30, 2018
    This is great advise and one of the lessons I learned when sharpening extremely dull edges.

    Yes it is possible to feel a bit of a burr but have not apexed your edge. A good way to test this is to look down at the apex under a light. If it is at all reflective then you have not apexed the edge
     
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2019
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  4. LivingLikeLarry

    LivingLikeLarry

    16
    Aug 13, 2019
    I didn't know a burr could form before apexing. I will try this this weekend. Should I do something to reset the edge and remove the burr before doing 100 strokes or can I just go at it the way it is?
     
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  5. bucketstove

    bucketstove

    Sep 23, 2014
    Hi,
    just go at it the way it is
     
  6. Baron Mind

    Baron Mind

    92
    Mar 30, 2018
    If you're having trouble getting something sharp, it's almost always the technique not the stones. Better, or more appropriate stones will enhance your edges and your sharpening experience, but almost any stone is capable of a sharp edge with proper technique.

    Check your basics, angle control, burr formation on both sides, burr removal, Alex refinement on the strop without rounding.
     
  7. LivingLikeLarry

    LivingLikeLarry

    16
    Aug 13, 2019
    I made some progress and I am able to cut notebook paper decently with only a few hiccups turns out the double angle deburring method doesn't really work for this knife. I tried doing edge trailing to even it out and it worked a lot better still far from hair popping sharp though. To speed things up do I have to do alternating edge trails or can I do multiple sets at a time just worried about creating a burr if I do more than one.
     
  8. Craig James

    Craig James

    52
    Oct 30, 2018
    Don’t let yourself be limited by doing a prescribed number of strokes per side. In all likelihood if your technique is still developing there will be areas of the knife that remain burred despite a very structured approach to deburring. Your best bet is to work on the areas of the knife that need it - determined by feel.

    At first it can seem that you will never feel a completely smooth apex but with time, patience and accuracy you will get there.
     
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  9. LivingLikeLarry

    LivingLikeLarry

    16
    Aug 13, 2019
    Okay makes sense, I probably don't even need to use edge trailing until I am on my final stages then?
     
  10. LivingLikeLarry

    LivingLikeLarry

    16
    Aug 13, 2019
    I managed to get it sharp here is what I had issues with:
    -Getting a good burr
    -Removing the burr
    -Keeping the edge sharp after removing burr

    What solved my issues were using a more aggressive sharpening medium, I purchased the DMT mini stones and that helped form the burr. The rest of my issues were solved by deburring on the stone using the original angle with even and calculated strokes. I will say though from all this my knife kinda looks like it went through hell and back. Thanks everyone for the advice
     
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2019
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  11. Alberta Ed

    Alberta Ed

    Jun 29, 1999
    D2 responds best to diamond hones. A 220 grit produces a very toothy edge that suits D2 just fine. You can go finer but I like that biting edge on my Dozier K1 General Utility.
     
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  12. TheEdge01

    TheEdge01

    Apr 3, 2015
    You are being modest by saying “Pretty Sharp”. I find it pretty dang impressive when someone can put a hair whittling edge on D2, or any steel for that matter.
     

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