KnifePlanet is one of my favorite knife sites to visit, and we have previously shared their authoritative survey of 55vknife industry professionals’ favorite sharpening tip. I was one of their panel for their “23 Experts share their SHTF knife“.
Their are dozens of different ways to sharpen your knives. I use my Tormek for big knives or when I have a stack of several blades to sharpen. For daily touch up, my Spyderco Sharpmaker has served me well since 1999. David is a big fan of the Ken Onion Worksharp. You can even use the bottom of a coffee cup or the top of your car window in a pinch.
KnifePlanet’s latest piece is From Dull to Sharp: A video guide to sharpening your knives. It focuses on Japanese waterstones, and is a great primer on the subject.
They advise using a 3 stone process:
“Using more than one stone is the way to go. There are many who feel that when learning, it is not advisable to use a coarse stone, one lower in grit than 1,000 for example as it has the potential to damage the knife when placed in the hands of inexperienced sharpener. I was one of these people but I have since changed the way I feel about that, completely. While it is very possible to sharpen a knife from dull to sharp with a 1,000 grit stone, it has become clear to me that using three stones right from day one is the correct way in terms of efficiency to sharpen a knife. For example, a three stone combination that will deliver exceptional results is a Coarse, Medium and Fine combination such as: 400, 1000, 5000 grit.”
Watch the video, and read the whole thing.
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