Will the Work Sharp knife sharpener sharpen a Team Gemini Light Brigade??.

jeepin

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I have recently been looking at the work sharp knife sharpener and watched the videos on it. It sounds pretty good, but I cannot tell from pictures if the Team Gemini will fit between the guides.

Anyone used it on the Team Gemini and could let me know I would appreciate it.
 

cricketdave

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sure it will, just practice on some other blades first. Careful you don't round off the tip.
 
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That's a very good question and yes it can sharpen Team Gemini Light Brigade knives. The guide was designed with an open style to allow for thicker blades. One of the thickest blades we've sharpened has been from 3/8"-1/4" The main things to remember that on thicker style blade you have to make more passes than what is recommended in the user's guide.
Always start the P220 Belt on the right side of the guide after every stroke or two feel for a burr.* Slide finger(s) across and away from the cutting edge.* A burr will feel like a slight ridge at the cutting edge. * Hard steel will create a small burr.* Be sure the burr is along the entire cutting edge or you may have dull spots.* Once a burr is achieved do the same number of strokes on the left side of the guide.* Then alternate 6 to 8 strokes on the 6000 grit belt. For more information please go to our website and watch the video on how to sharpen hard steel blades.
 

jeepin

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That's a very good question and yes it can sharpen Team Gemini Light Brigade knives. The guide was designed with an open style to allow for thicker blades. One of the thickest blades we've sharpened has been from 3/8"-1/4" The main things to remember that on thicker style blade you have to make more passes than what is recommended in the user's guide.
Always start the P220 Belt on the right side of the guide after every stroke or two feel for a burr.* Slide finger(s) across and away from the cutting edge.* A burr will feel like a slight ridge at the cutting edge. * Hard steel will create a small burr.* Be sure the burr is along the entire cutting edge or you may have dull spots.* Once a burr is achieved do the same number of strokes on the left side of the guide.* Then alternate 6 to 8 strokes on the 6000 grit belt. For more information please go to our website and watch the video on how to sharpen hard steel blades.







Thank you to both of you for the responses :cool:
 

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sure it will, just practice on some other blades first. Careful you don't round off the tip.
Round off the tip or make yourself a recurve you don't want.I got one and dont care for it. I guess I'm an old school hand sharpener fer sure.:D--KV
 
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i absolutely love my worksharp. I used it on my TG when i first got it, and it worked great

I made the mistake of reprofiling it with my Wicked Edge to WAY too shallow an angle, and ended up with a broken tip, but it was bullet proof with the convex edge from the Worksharp
 
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I touched up my FFBM with my Work Sharp. I think it was a little much for the poor little guy, but it did work and I would do it again.
 
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one nice thing about the WSKST is that you can't (as far as i have found) sharpen at too steep an angle on a blade like the TGLB. There is a very good chance that you will scuff the blade coating or round the tip if you are not INCREDIBLY careful
 
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I found it easier to avoid rounding tips if I didn't use the guides. The main thing is to not ride the guide too hard, they tend to give you a false sense of security and if you use a lot of pressure you WILL mess something up and it happens FAST.
 

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I have one,great little tool.I use it more on making kydex sheaths than for sharpening.Listen to everyone about the rounding of the tip thing,it is easy to do.I have had better luck out of mine sharpening without the guide.I also use mine for touch ups,I have a worn out belt of the finest grit that I loaded with compound.Makes a great power strop.
 

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I use the 1x30 belt sander more often these days but the worksharp
leaves a nice edge on just about anything as long as your careful.
When I use the guide to set the edge and sharpen the blade I stay
away from the tip, then I remove the guide and blend in the tip free hand.
 
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I use the 1x30 belt sander more often these days but the worksharp
leaves a nice edge on just about anything as long as your careful.
When I use the guide to set the edge and sharpen the blade I stay
away from the tip, then I remove the guide and blend in the tip free hand.

Now why didn't I think of that... Good tip.
 
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sure it will, just practice on some other blades first. Careful you don't round off the tip.

I totally agree- watch the tip. the work sharp will round it right off.
I was very careful and it still happened to me on a few knives.
 

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I use the work sharp and it puts a great edge on my knives. The tip rounding is something you have to watch out for as many people have stated earlier. I practiced first with my crappy stainless steel ninja knives (cuz I dont care much bout them...) and learned to avoid this from happening. Also, thick knives wont sharpen well on the work sharp if you are using the guide because the edge wont reach the belt. I think .25" is the thickest I've sharpened using the guide. Free handing with it is great though too.
 
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Something I'm not clear on: is rounding off the tip somehow easier to do on the WorkSharp, or is that just common to any type of belt sharpening (1x30, et cetera)?

I seem to hear about the rounding problem whenever the WorkSharp comes up.

I've been going back and forth in my head about picking up the WorkSharp, vs a used\cheap\Harbor Freight 1x30, and I'm just wondering what you folks think.

Also, if this thread-hijack is a problem, let me know and I'll put up my question separate post...

Thanks,

-mike-
 

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I was told by the guys showing it at Blade when I told them I used it freehand because of the rounding problem they said it was from letting the back of the blade come up off the back of the guide when you get close to the tip.I can see how that would do that but I have been having much better results freehand so I have not tried it anymore with the guides.I need to experiment on some trash knives and see if that is what causes the rounding.
 

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Rounding the tip is common with using the guides on the work sharp since 1. you cant see when the tip hits the belt and 2. you pretty much use 1 hand to control the knife. Freehanding is easier since you can control the knife with 2 hands and avoid this problem. Other than that, rounding the tip can be done on any belt sander if it isnt sharpened properly. The key to not rounding the tip is keeping the tip and its adjacent edge parallel to the belt, not perpendicular to it.
 
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