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    Re: Sharpening Knives

    Erik I must say there are very few differences in how you and I sharpen a knife and none of them are major. I prefer a smaller stone and I hold that stone on the flat of my palm and I keep the stone dry. I wash my stones fairly often to keep them clean, other than that I believe our methods are identical. Amen my friend.

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    Re: Sharpening Knives

    Since we're on the subject, I prefer a series of different grits of stones. I start with a soft Arkansas, then a hard Arkansas, and finally a translucent Arkansas(thanks Erik). I then finish the edge with an antique straight razor hone(Roxo brand), no strop needed.

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    Re: Sharpening Knives - Edit 11-26-2010

    I havent been to this page for a long time now. It seems we all know how to better than anyone else, just like we all know how to hunt deer better than anyone else. Just kidding but those of us who can will swear our way is the best while others who cannot will try anything.

    I have a couple of stones I will never part with and am sure Pappy will end up with them as he rummages thru the shop cabinet/workbench drawers some day. They are approx 12"X3"X1/2" with one coarse and the other fine. I have had them since 74' and cannot believe I haven't broken one yet. These really are the bees knees for those large blade hunting knives we all like.

    One more thing - If you are caught with your knife's edge too dull to cut cloth, a quick and dirty fix is this: Roll down a window in your vehicle and use the top edge of the glass to pretty quickly put a useful edge on your knife. It works in a pinch.

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    Re: Sharpening Knives - Edit 11-26-2010

    Thanks for the advice Dave! Yes I agree, my way is the best.....at least for me....grin.

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    Re: Sharpening Knives - Edit 11-26-2010

    Told to me by a well known custom knife maker was to use "Simple Geen" as a medium.
    It works better than oil. When you are through, simply rinse with water and the stone is clean again.
    It works very well.

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    Re: Sharpening Knives - Edit 11-26-2010

    I would never have thought of that Trapper-XX, that is a great idea, thank you!

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    Re: Sharpening Knives - Edit 11-26-2010

    Quote Originally Posted by trapper-xx
    Told to me by a well known custom knife maker was to use "Simple Geen" as a medium.
    It works better than oil. When you are through, simply rinse with water and the stone is clean again.
    It works very well.
    I don't know what that is but I've been using dish washing liquid for years and it works.

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    Re: Sharpening Knives - Edit 11-26-2010

    After honing the factory edge on a hard Arkansas stone, my working knives are kept sharp by stropping on my left boot heel w/ black polishing compound.
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