The type I have had the most luck from are the kits that come with a couple of diamond stones (one is a rougher cut and one for finishing) and has the guide.
....it comes with a clamp that clamps ur blade and the stones screw into a steel rod that is then inserted into a guide on the clamp. It keeps the optimal angle for sharpening and makes it easy.
I have tried Arkansas stones, but apparently just don't have the patience to sit there and sharpen. The kit I have now puts a razor sharp edge in just a few minutes and it lasts.
Thanks, kp. That sounds like the one that I have been looking at. Looks to be kind of "idiot-proof" for someone like me that is just getting back into sharpening. I may pick that one up at walmart. It's a Smith's sharpening system with diamond and Arkansas stones, the guide/ rod, honing oil, etc. I think it was about $20.
I had one like that. It disappeared with my ex-g/f and my grill.
I mainly used it for fillet-knives. Looks pretty fail-safe and cheap. Thanks for the link.
I just use a bench grinder about 100 grit wheel (it was on it when I bought the grinder, not sure exactly) somewhere around 25 deg, same as a chisel.
My fine wheel isn't very fine so I give it a hone with a 2" x 6" wet stone.
Also had good success with a bench belt sander to hone.
Have a small piece of tungsten to do touch ups on my leatherman.
Well that's out b/c I corrently don't have a bench grinder....and I don't think I want to use my angle grinder- lol. Something tells me that you have a LOT more skill at sharpening, then I would. I can see using a grinder and turning my butcher knives into pen knives- lol. I guess I could find some cheap worn out knives at a garage sale and practice sharpening on a stone. Thank you for the input.
Spidertech makes a good one for thick blade knives alot like gator sticks. But the one with guide is a lansky get the diamond ones.
I'll look into the Spydertech for my kitchen knives, since they are thicker blades. I appreciate it.
My experience has been to just have a professional sharpen them once or twice a year. A good. Knife should only require a sharpening at that interval to hold an edge.
Man....I did that before and never again. They ruined all 4 knives, and I had to wait for about 3-4 weeks to get them back. It was cheap but I was extremely
when I got them back. I know there must be some good pros out there, but I just won't risk using someone that I'm not sure of. Plus I want to do it myself. I think I can get good with some practice- idk. Thanks for the advice though. Much appreciated.
There are a couple of brands. I have the cheap Smiths brand from Walmart. They are great for both beginners and experienced people. Using stones by themselves is very difficult and takes someone with experience just to keep from making things worse, IMHO.
The Smith's are what I'm looking at. They have several types that I like for different reasons. One is the sharpening system that I think Kerry was referring to. They have another that does scissors as well as knives, and another that does serrated knives and gut-hooks. I can see picking up a couple sharpeners before I'm done. Thank you for your advice.