Knife Sharpening Systems

Submitted: Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 22:16
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Hi all, someone pointed me to the Lansky system at www.youtube.com/watch?v=KW64B0MZVOE Has anyone used these or alternative systems and for what sort of results pls?

Cheers. JB.
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Reply By: Member - Kroozer (WA) - Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 23:13

Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 23:13
I use the Spyderco Tri Angle sharpmaker, with very very good results. Very easy to use, sharpens many things to razor sharp and can buy replacements parts. Will last forever though. When i sharpen my Dexter Russels and leatherman on it i can shave one pice of paper into two. It gets as sharp as you can get, and is very easy to use. Mine cost $105 from Ebay. There is many videos on Ebay of people showing how they use it. Well worth a look.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 00:03

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 00:03
sharpness is nothing - its the type of edge that counts - its easy to sharpen a knife with a feather edge then straighten the feather with your steel. this knife will now shave the hair from your arm but will be blunt after 2 minutes of boning or marking chops
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Follow Up By: Member - Kroozer (WA) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 01:03

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 01:03
Yeat true in a way, sorry. But i think you'll find that it has more to do with the material used in the knife rather then the sharpening technique. Forgot to mention that with the sharpmaker you can sharpen the knife to 30 degrees or 40 degrees. These are the most common edge in good knives. 30 degree being a stronger edge, 40 being the sharper edge. I find with my dexter russells though that at the 40 degree edge it holds very well, and thats with cutting up beef and filleting fish. Im useless with a steel though so the sharpmaker is the only sharpening they get.
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Reply By: Member - Uncle (NSW) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 06:50

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 06:50
John,
I bought one of these( Lansky) last year while in WA, got it from the hunting shop in Headland. It was great for doing our own knives, but also was terrific for doing all our meat cutting knives.



cheers Unc
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Reply By: Tim - Stratford (VIC) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 11:11

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 11:11
John,

Another vote for Lansky - I've been using one for 10-12yrs - great bit of gear. You have options for what sort of angle you want depending on style/use of knife.

I also grabbed a stone for doing serrated blades on pocket knives - this also works well.


Tim

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Reply By: austastar - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 13:32

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 13:32
Yep another vote for Lansky, it was a bit pricey, so I went 1/3 share with 2 others.
Suits us and put a beaut edge on all our knives.
cheers
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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:04

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:04
Ok, I know very little of the science of advanced knife sharpening, but I'd like to do a better job and the thread looked interesting. So I went online hunting re users of the Lansky and Spiderco systems. Both seem recommended but there was definititely a trend to prefer the Spioderco from people who say they have used both. The online accounts I dug up have decided me to get a Spiderco, but before doing so, are there any reports from users of the Lansky who have tried the Spiderco and prefer the Lansky? If so, why?
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Reply By:- Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:39

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:39
I have the Lansky Diamond and the Spyderco Sharpmaker and use them both.

I use the Lansky when I need to sharpen a knife that is very blunt and needs a lot of work.The coarse stones of the Lansky work a lot quicker than the Spyderco.

Once a knife is sharp and just needs a touch up I use the Sharpmaker. It is easier and quicker to set up than the Lansky for a quick touch up.

Both work very well and you wont be disappointed with either set up.


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Follow Up By:- Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:51

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:51
Forgot to add that if I had to choose between them both I would probably choose the Spyderco.
Its a lot more versatile in what you can sharpen and a lot cleaner as you use it dry unlike the Lansky that has oil.
And if you do have to sharpen a really blunt knife with the Spyderco you can wrap some wet and dry around the stones for faster cutting.

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Reply By: Member - Mfewster(SA) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:58

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 15:58
That sounds pretty good to me and is consistent with other posts I found where both had been used. When you say "wrap wet and dry around" I presume ypu mean a piece of wet and dry sandpaper. What grade would you recommend for a blunt knife?
Thanks
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Reply By: Member - Norm C (QLD) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 16:21

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 16:21
I also have the Spyderco Sharpmaker. A great and simple to use device. Lanksy and Spyderco are the big names in these systems, I believe and both are good.

I went for the Spyderco on the basis of a couple of reviews I read, but I suspect you would be happy with either.

Norm C
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Reply By: Member - John Baas (WA) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:26

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 17:26
Many thanks all. Much appreciated. Cheers. John.
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Reply By: Member - Sigmund (VIC) - Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 18:05

Monday, Jun 01, 2009 at 18:05
If you do a lot of knife sharpening it's hard to go past a Tormek or Scheppach wet grinder and honing system.

You can buy a range of jigs for various applications inc. woodwork and garden tools.
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