I can't get a grip...with my lansky

Jun 21, 1999
Well the time has come to sharpen my Starmate for the first time. After a few weeks of continous use it is no longer hairpopping sharp. I wanted to wait until the factory edge was worn before reprofiling the edge. I went to fasten the lansky clamp on it and I cannot seem to clamp it reliably. It always seems to walk itself back off the spine. Very frustrating. I'm wondering if it is because of the thickness of the blade on the Starmate or something else.

Has anyone else had a similar problem either with the Starmate or any other knives, and if so, how did you overcome this problem?

Make sure that the two halves of the blade clamp are exactly parallel when they are tightened down. Doing this provides maximum bearing area on the spine of the blade.

never a dull moment

[This message has been edited by Carver (edited 05 August 1999).]
Don't hold it by the clamp, it puts too much torque on the grip to the knife. I also put a piece for paper in between the clamp and the blade so it won't mar the finish.

Hold the knife by its handle and draw the stone away from the blade. When you switch to the off hand side, reverse your grip on the stone and push it away from the blade. Works for me.
I glued 2 strips of thin neoprene on the clamp of my Lansky...grips alot better and won't mar the knife finish
Thanks for all the suggestions! I like the neoprene idea too. I'll keep you posted and let you all know how it works out.