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What's your sharpening goal?

Discussion in 'Maintenance, Tinkering & Embellishment' started by Rennd, Jun 23, 2014.

  1. Rennd


    Jan 22, 2014
    What do you hope to be able to get your edges to do?
    My goal has evolved over the years to shaving, to cleanly shaving, to mirror, to hair whittling, and now, my probably unattainable goal: to split a hair dropped on the blade edge. You guys read that book eragon? At one point, he and his brother said they could do that. While that's fantasy, I'd really like to actually do that someday.
    So, what are you guy's sharpening goals?
  2. hank_rearden


    Jun 7, 2002
    push cut paper slowly from having the knife edge sitting right on the top of the edge of the paper. that's as sharp as you can get.
  3. Chris "Anagarika"

    Chris "Anagarika"

    Mar 7, 2001
    Hair splitting. Still not attained every time.
  4. Bladenoobie1


    Jul 20, 2012
    Its been almost a year now where I've been at freehand sharpening. My skills have progressed a lot and I can attain hair splitting edges, but as mentioned above by Chris--I don't get them every time. Still need a lot of work getting really crisp edges straight off a stone. I always need the aid of a strop to really clean up an edge and bits of burr I can't get off.
  5. dkb45

    dkb45 Gold Member Gold Member

    Dec 16, 2012
    I would like to be able to whittle off neutrons, but I will settle for being able to push cut tissue paper.

    I should clarify that I am not yet at push cutting tissue paper, I can slice cleanly though (except when I twist the blade and ruin the cut). Push cutting is actually hard to attain.
  6. SpookStrickland


    Sep 27, 2012
    I can pretty quickly with my oil stone and strop get hair shaving sharp and that's good enough for me. Now mind you it's not like barber razor sharp but it does shave hair.
  7. LeonJ


    Feb 12, 2013
    I sharpen until it's sharp to the touch but not sharp enough to cut free-hanging hairs, except in the case of Buck knives and the blades of my SAKs. They'll easily slice through paper and you can even shave with them if need be, but since a lot of my blades chipped a couple of years back when I sharpened them at an angle that was too steep I ended up just going with a wider angle instead.
  8. me2


    Oct 11, 2003
    Consistently whittle hair in less than 2 minutes of sharpening time. I've done 3 and 4 minutes, but haven't made 2 yet.
  9. rutcrazed


    Feb 8, 2013
    I want mine so sharp that MadRookies blades cower in fear. J/K I can only dream of that.
  10. TouchOfRed


    Aug 6, 2013
    To buy me some DMT Stones and a 306uf Spyderco, and get to it. But i cant yet since i dont Know what grits to byt the Stones in.
  11. neeman

    neeman Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 5, 2007
    I really like this question.
    As sharpening is a progressive skill, it makes good sense to ask about goals

    I invested in a set of Chosera stone, so what ever I can do with these stone is as sharp as I want
    But practically, I aim for shaving sharp
  12. bpeezer


    Jan 27, 2013
    HHT-5 with a stainless steel blade. I have reached HHT-4 with stainless a few times, and HHT-5 with carbon twice. I think when I finally do this I will be willing to put the stones away and get a wicked edge or edge pro.
  13. CRH


    Jan 17, 2004
    I have decided that sharp enough is sharp enough. I know what I use knives for so I know when the blade is there. It may or may not shave hair off my body - usually does unless I'm in a hurry - but sharp enough is sharp enough for me. Anybody who has ever watched me field dress a deer knows what sharp enough looks like, right through the brisket like butter, well a little oohmph! doesn't hurt but they won't tell. :)
  14. stitchawl


    Jul 26, 2008
    Very well said! I too feel the same way. If my knives are sharp enough for the job at hand, without my needing to use excessive force to get them to do it, I don't need any more. I've gotten more before, when I was challenging myself to learn. I learned. Now all I need is correct, long lasting performance.

  15. Bighaze51


    Dec 26, 2012
    I believe I'm happy with my results I'm getting now, consistent hair whittling edges. I have a sharpmaker but I rarely use it. I got the three stone dmt set for Father's Day and that will get me all the results I need. If I'm feeling froggy, I'll use my king 1k, king 6k, and then chinese 12k natural. That gets scary!
  16. David Martin

    David Martin Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    I don't care to whittle hair or tissue paper. I'm happy with sharp enough to shave arm hair as I'm more concerned with edge retention. DM
  17. Philbird


    May 10, 2014
    With my edges, I wish to split subatomic particles and unlock the secrets of the universe. More realistically, generally I aim for arm hair shaving and paper whittling.
  18. Danketch

    Danketch Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 27, 2007
    If you get the blue, red , and green (coarse, fine, and extra fine) DMT, that should cover you pretty well. Then go to fine sandpaper or waterstones after if you want.
  19. whp


    Apr 26, 2009
    I agree with this. On occasion in the past I ve managed toilet paper push cutting sharpness, but now I feel that s a waste of time. Those edges don t hold that degree of sharpness long. I now prefer a coarser edge for longer lasting sharpness.
  20. Phydeaux


    Mar 4, 2006
    Better than the previous time I sharpened the knife.

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