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The Inkosi Appreciation Thread

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by blanco112, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    I hear that !

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  2. JBarbaresi

    JBarbaresi Gold Member Gold Member

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  3. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    Thing 1 and Thing 2.

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  4. Glock Guy

    Glock Guy Gold Member Gold Member

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  5. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    Your avatar looks like my photo above. :cool:
     
  6. Glock Guy

    Glock Guy Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 28, 2012
    Looks like we both have good taste!
     
  7. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    I'm out of free time.

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    Just a heads up. My Inkosi flicks open just like a Grip 551. If yours doesn't . Rethink how tight your pivot is.
     
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  8. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    After taking a closer look at my Inkosi I realize I'm running a slight convex edge.

    16° main bevel to about 18° at the cutting edge. Finished at at 1200 grit with 1 micron paste on smooth leather.

    It's been amazing. Anyone else do something similar or you just using a factory edge?

    This is the first time in my life that I can keep and maintain a hair splitting edge with just a few strokes on the diamond paste every once in a while.

    I figure if this shows edge damage I will do a 20° micro.

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  9. jfowler1

    jfowler1

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    Apr 18, 2017
    I have been sharpening my large Sebenza on the WE130 at the “20” setting (top holes, B on the horizontal). I put the angle cube on it, and it read more like 19.5 degrees. I noticed a huge difference in edge retention when I started dropping down 1 degree per side and stropping with the 4/2 and 1/.5 diamond strops. It is a pretty light convexing, but I still noticed a difference from finishing with just the lapping films.

    My current preference is finishing at 1000 grit and going right to the strops. Mirror edge is pretty and a little more like a razor blade, but it gets scratched up really quickly. The 1000 grit scratch pattern is really clean, still very sharp, and doesn’t give me scratch OCD when I use it.
     
  10. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013

    Sounds like we're doing almost the same thing. Mine might actually be 16 to an 18° convex. Hard to estimate. Too many variables to know. I use a Gatco.
     
  11. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
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    Can you post some pics of your bevel so I can compare it to mine. Like a shot of the whole blade?
     
  12. Glock Guy

    Glock Guy Gold Member Gold Member

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    Jul 28, 2012
    I definitely would NOT recommend 15 dps WITHOUT a micro of at least 18 or so, especially if you are going to use the knife for more than just a letter opener.

    My own recipe is to do a 20 dps bevel with no micro on a Wicked edge, as I think a the large bevels look fugly and take off too much steel. As far as progression, I'm going from 200-1500 stones, then finishing it up with lapping tapes down to 1 micron. This is a very sharp, and very refined edge that's also easy to maintain with a few swipes on an ultra-fine sharpmaker stone.

    If you are looking for a great working edge, I would stop at 1000 grit and then hit it with 1 micron diamond paste on a strop. That will give you a nice, polished toothy edge that has some bite, but also looks nice. This is great if you are breaking down cardboard or cutting things like rope or pruning trees/shrubs/plants.

    Finally, half the fun of having a new knife is experimenting with the edge. Have fun, and let us know what you came up with!
     
  13. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013

    Hey there.

    Looks like 16 to 18 slight convex.
    I might pick up UF SM stones for touch ups.


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  14. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    It's nearly impossible for me to take a photo that shows the edge properly. Oh well.
     
  15. blanco112

    blanco112 Gold Member Gold Member

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    Nov 1, 2016
    Let's take this back to being about Inkosis. If I had to keep only a small and a large this is what I'd go with. The insingo is so useful on the small. Almost makes it a "bigger" knife. IMG_20180423_184423~03.jpg
     
  16. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    Wet molding Lg. Inkosi
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    Here it is next day. Looks nice and holds the knife snug.

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  17. JBarbaresi

    JBarbaresi Gold Member Gold Member

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  18. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
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  19. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
    I love this big old tree.

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  20. BellaBlades

    BellaBlades Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 12, 2013
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