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Paper wheels vs belt sander

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by LEE IN VA., Jun 12, 2018.

  1. LEE IN VA.

    LEE IN VA.

    Jul 3, 2011
    Which one has the easiest learning curve for general sharpening? Just using it for kitchen, fishing, hunting and pocket knives.
  2. PeterS84

    PeterS84 Sharpening addict, collector of super steels Platinum Member

    May 9, 2018
    Probably not the answer you're looking for, but I use both. I profile with the belt sander and finish with the paper wheel and rouge. Usually I only do this with my large choppers for time savings.

    SOLEIL Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Mar 20, 2006
    The paper wheels are more forgiving than the belt. I only use them for fine tuning edges and angles. The belt will re-profile blades pretty quickly but you half to be careful. It takes about 10 minutes to sharpen and tune with a belt and paper wheels, about an hour if you do it with hand tools. I've been using motorized equip. to sharpen a vast majority of my knives for 40 +yrs. Once you get it it's very simple, but always unforgiving of mistakes.
    lex2006 and Rick Otts like this.

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