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I want to start sharpening my own Emerson knives, what tools do I need for the job?

Discussion in 'Emerson Knives' started by SuperBro, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. SuperBro

    SuperBro

    67
    Oct 20, 2010
    Hello,

    So I want to start sharpening my own Emersons and was just confused on what exactly I needed to get.. Sharpening with the rod looks easy enough but does anybody have one that they can recommend? I am looking at the one on Emerson's website and just wanted to see what else was out there. If those do-it-yourself types could post what setup they actually have for their knives, it would be great. Tips for a newbie would be more than welcome.

    I own a MiniCom, Mini 15, and 7 so I am not looking forward to the recurves and tantos lol.
     
  2. avphred

    avphred

    149
    Nov 15, 2005
    Well i have the Edge Pro Apex http://www.edgeproinc.com/Apex-Model-Edge-Pro-System-c3/ and the Wicked Edge http://www.wickededgeusa.com/ and with time and practice I can get a nice edge going but I doubt you want to "practice" on your Emersons :)

    But honestly I would abandon both of those sharpeners for the $70 Work Sharp from Darex http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003IT5F14/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER
    That is the best designed tool I've seen in a long time. Produces a perfect convex edge without removing any more stock than you wish. How in the world do you beat that for $70. This thing is so easy to use my kids are sharpening the kitchen knives. You cannot go wrong with this piece.

    BTW. I would sell or trade the other two in a heartbeat :)

    Best of luck.

    f
     
  3. Oldhairpin

    Oldhairpin

    22
    Jun 8, 2012
    Just follow Ernie's words in the FAQ and you'll realise that it is as simple as he says.

    It's not difficult to sharpen by hand a blunt knife to shaving sharp in a few minutes. If it's a recurve, use a rod if it's straight or upswept, use a flat stone. Start coarse and go fine.

    Practise, practise, practise.

    Have fun and don't waste your money on systems as you'll learn fook all.

    Take care,

    Ben
     
  4. CLE

    CLE

    129
    Feb 22, 2012
    I have had great success with an inexpensive ceramic sharpening rod.
     
  5. cevtv

    cevtv

    396
    Feb 6, 2009
    Don't waste your money on this thing. It does a lousy job with a chisel edge, and the "guide" will scratch the hell out of the side of the blade. Worst $70 I ever spent.
     
  6. roncunningham

    roncunningham

    112
    Jan 28, 2009
    For me the Work Sharp does a good job. Not sure how well it would work on a chisel grind. I also have good luck with a Sharp Maker. I would like to take my sharpening to the next level, but these two work good for me.
     
  7. tokerblue

    tokerblue

    May 1, 2010
    I like the Lansky/Gatco guided sharpeners. I set the angle at 30 degrees until I feel a burr, then strop the other side.
     
  8. IGotStabbed

    IGotStabbed

    807
    Jul 11, 2007
    I agree, that's basically a belt sander!
     
  9. Raf32

    Raf32

    18
    Jun 20, 2012
    The Work Sharp is fantastic on just about anything BUT chisel grind blades.
    I can put hair splitting edges on traditional 40 degree inclusives, it's the best I've used.
     
  10. CaptinRedBeard

    CaptinRedBeard

    708
    Dec 3, 2011
    Yeah, I absolutely love my worksharp. Although, I don't use the edge guide. But I wouldn't use it on my Emersons.
     
  11. RevDevil

    RevDevil Super Evil Supermod Staff Member Super Mod

    Nov 9, 2009
  12. PaytonB

    PaytonB

    6
    Mar 18, 2012
    For my Mini Commander, I use the Spyderco Sharpmaker on the 30 degree setting, just using the triangle edge only on the sharpened side of the knife. Then I strop both sides.
     

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