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When is a knife oversharpened (aka please help me stop worrying)

Discussion in 'Chris Reeve Knives' started by VermontEdge, Mar 17, 2018.

  1. VermontEdge


    Jun 10, 2015
    Hey y’all!

    I’ve developed this weird thing where I keep worrying that my crks have seen too much sharpening. I’m not a hard user by any means but maybe once every couple of weeks or once a month I might touch them up on my brown sharpmaker stones or on my strop.

    I got all of them used, and one saw a reprofile before I bought it.

    Anyway, I find myself staring at the blades on my three crks and then comparing them to pictures of new knives and stressing over whether or not the blades are getting thinner (or narrower, if that makes sense). My 25 I reprofiled with diamond stones and I’m pretty sure I went overboard but I’m pretty positive that I’m just being neurotic about the others.

    Anyway, at what point do you consider a CRK over sharpened? Also, any recommendations on how to just relax and keep enjoying my knives? Haha, thanks!
  2. mlamb


    Feb 12, 2006
    Just use it, lots of steel stop stressing.
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  3. Neko2

    Neko2 Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 18, 2003
    For you personally, it's oversharpened when you feel the price is worth it to buy a replacement.
    Put it on the exchange and see what someone else considers oversharpened or not.
  4. FourD

    FourD Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 30, 2017
    Oh no, now I'm starting to panic, too!!!


    I'd say as long is it doesn't look like the shivenza, you're good.
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  5. tank sniper

    tank sniper

    Jan 8, 2018
    vermont edge... buy a Wicked Edge and waste less time and less blade steel and get a better edge to boot ....
  6. nickpp

    nickpp Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 11, 2005
    The good news is if in 5 years time you do wear it out completely CRKs will put a new blade in and you can go again.....
  7. tank sniper

    tank sniper

    Jan 8, 2018
    my large seb is just under 20 years old... I keep it sharp and not even close to needing a new blade
  8. peterbright

    peterbright Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jul 29, 2016
    In my humble opinion...most knives of all kinds are over sharpened. If it becomes too dull to normally use it for what you need (I have no need to shave body hair with a knife...I use a razor. Should I have a large supply of boxes to break down...I use a razor knife with a replaceable blade. When preparing food, I don't use a folding knife...I use a kitchen knife.) then sharpen it enough so that you can do what you normally do with it. A strop or the Sharpmaker is all I commonly use. I was taught how to "sharpen by hand" with a stone...way too much work. A Sebenza is not what I'd want to be stuck with in a survival situation...Gasp I might have to sharpen it on a rock or piece of concrete. I think it is possible that you are overthinking sharpening a bit.
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  9. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    Over sharpened or over sharpening?
    Many become too obsessed with sharpening (over sharpening), but sharpmaker and stropping usually don't remove a great amount of material as diamond stones can.
    A knife becomes over sharpened(used up, for lack of a better term) when it can no longer be sharpened properly. At which point the blade needs to be re-profiled or replaced. This is pretty deep into the sharpening cycle and usually only seen on very hard users that are sharpened everyday. Usually over sharpening where they could be stropping. These knives are easily identified without doing comparisons. Photo comparison may be of help if you just bought the knife and suspect it has seen more use then the seller revealed.
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2018
  10. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    If you use them, then yes, touch them up when needed. The when needed depends on your expectation of how you want a knife to perform. The only time you really remove a significant amount of metal is when a blade is reprofiled from the factory edge. That’s why I feel it’s better to take a degree off rather than 5. Stropping or a fine ceramic stone to maintain a good edge is not going to remove a significant amount of steel to see a noticeable difference.
    Quit being anal and enjoy the knife :cool:
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  11. nyefmaker

    nyefmaker Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 29, 2008
    Watch my sharpmaker video. No more worries.

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  12. VermontEdge


    Jun 10, 2015
    Thanks for the responses everyone!

    But like...when does/should a knife need to get a new blade? Like what’s the cut off for you? In your opinion.

    I’ve posted this before, but here’s the seb 25 in question. I really ate into the belly with my reprofile. If it were you, would you get a new blade?

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  13. VermontEdge


    Jun 10, 2015
    Thanks for the share, nyefmaker! My 25 was so noticeably thicker at the belly than the rest of the edge. I thought that in order to have the same angle the whole length of the knife, the thicker portion of the blade would necessarily have a wider bevel to achieve the same angle. Maybe I just need to work on my technique!
  14. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    I’m looking at yours and mine in hand. I don’t see much of a difference. Have you measured it to see how much steel was removed ?
    Do you have another 25 to compare it to ?
    I certainly wouldn’t change the blade, it still has many years of use.
  15. VermontEdge


    Jun 10, 2015
    I don’t have another 25 but I compare it to pictures quite often. I’ve also tried searching for a spine to edge measurement to compare to mine but haven’t found one.

    Thank you for the positive words. It might help me finally stop beating myself up and just start using and enjoying it!
  16. Ajack60

    Ajack60 Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Apr 21, 2013
    I’ll have to pick up digital calipers for measuring, give me a couple days and I’ll measure the width of mine.
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  17. VermontEdge


    Jun 10, 2015
    That would be amazing! Thank you for indulging my neuroses :rolleyes:
  18. Peter Hartwig

    Peter Hartwig Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 29, 2008
    I don't know the 25's well, but regardless of if you re-profiled the blade perfectly or not, it still has a long and useful life left in it. If you are OCD it might drive you nuts, but along that line is the only reason to replace that blade.
  19. Mo2


    Apr 8, 2016
    Just get a strop and compound and strop after use. Then you won't need to sharpen it every week as you say.
  20. Don M

    Don M

    Apr 30, 2000
    If you replace blades every few sharpenings, even reprofilings, you have an expensive habit.

    That blade has a lot if life left.

    I can measure my 25 to compare.

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