This is the system for knife sharpening I have come to rely on after years of trial and error. I have sharpened well over 100 knives using this method. I have also used the same equipment to make over 50 custom knives.
The two main pieces of equipment I use are the Kalamazoo 1SM 1″x42″ belt sander and a variable speed 6″ Porter-Cable bench grinder with 8″ paper sharpening wheels. I start off on the belt sander with a 120 grit belt. I then move up in grit to 220, then 400, and finally 600. A tip I picked up reading Wayne Goddard’s $50 Knife Shop is to apply a marker to the edge of the blade to be sure material is actually being removed where it needs to be.
After I am satisfied with the results on the belt sander I move over to the bench grinder to polish the edge and remove any burr that still remains.
With a little bit of practice it is quick and easy to achieve razor sharp results on almost any knife or edge tool.
What methods have you found that work best for sharpening knives?
Editor’s note: We want to officially welcome Jeremy to the blog. He is a man of many vocations including horse farmer and knifemaker. We look forward to his sharing his knowledge, experience, and excellent photography with us. Visit his personal blog or YouTube channel to see his knives and other interests. Welcome aboard.