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#297132 - 09/28/20 06:28 AM Knife sharpening
Bingley Offline

Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 1527
Some of you must be into knife sharpening, right?

I'm thinking about replacing my tired Spyderco sharpening kit. The Ruixin 008 looks like a really good deal, but I wouldn't really know. What kind of problems would a newbie run into using such a kit? I have some Henckel knives, plus the usual assortment of pocket knives. The only tricky one is a Shun knife, which supposedly has a different angle.

I'd love to hear your thoughts about sharpening kits for someone who just wants to cook and open packages.

Edited by Bingley (09/28/20 06:28 AM)

#297133 - 09/28/20 07:49 AM Re: Knife sharpening [Re: Bingley]
Phaedrus Offline
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Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2985
Loc: Big Sky Country
Hmmm...never saw that one before. The idea looks solid but I have no idea of it's well made. If you want a guided system like that the KME is a well established, high quality setup that's kind of similar.
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#297134 - 09/28/20 12:20 PM Re: Knife sharpening [Re: Phaedrus]
hikermor Offline
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Registered: 08/26/06
Posts: 7647
Loc: southern Cal
I have been using a Spyderco Sharpmaker with great satisfaction for several years - not much there to wear out -possibly new rods? I learned on typical flat whetstones, which are cheap, durable, and sharpen well enough. There are also "pull through" gadgets which do a decent job, unless you are really into sharpening, doing much more than cooking and opening packages.

Sharpening knives seems to be one of those infinite rabbit holes into which you can plunge
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#297135 - 09/28/20 12:24 PM Re: Knife sharpening [Re: Bingley]
Bingley Offline

Registered: 02/27/08
Posts: 1527
The Ruixin is based on the Edge Pro, but much cheaper. It makes you wonder what you're missing.

#297138 - 09/28/20 10:46 PM Re: Knife sharpening [Re: Bingley]
DaveL Offline

Registered: 10/03/18
Posts: 85
Loc: Colorado Springs,CO
Dittos on the whetstones, newer ones with diamond and ceramic. Will most likely last forever MTC

#297139 - 09/28/20 11:47 PM Re: Knife sharpening [Re: Bingley]
Doug_Ritter Offline


Registered: 01/28/01
Posts: 2163
I recommend:

Basics: Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker Perfectly adequate for 95% of users. Get a set of Diamond or Cubic Boron Nitride stones if you have high-end steel blades and want to get serious, as opposed to just touching up and edge.

Intermediate, can do mild to wild, just takes some effort: Vipersharp https://vipersharp.com/

Advanced as you want to get from mild to wild and stupid simple to use. This is definitely what you want if you want to seriously get an edge on: Wicked Edge https://wickededgeusa.com/

Electric: Work Sharp. https://www.worksharptools.com I prefer the Ken Onion Edition as it is the most capable.
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#297142 - 09/29/20 12:48 PM Re: Knife sharpening [Re: Doug_Ritter]
NAro Offline

Registered: 03/15/01
Posts: 511

Worth consideration. I've used these for 30 years.

#297150 - 09/30/20 01:15 PM Re: Knife sharpening [Re: Bingley]
nursemike Offline
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Registered: 11/09/06
Posts: 870
Loc: wellington, fl
I have a vast collection of sharpening rocks, including a swell medium arkansas in a cedar box from the Arkansas territorial museum. But modern steels are harder than these old stones, and sharpening became tedious and frustrating.

Moved on to abrasive silicon and aluminum paper glued to glass or marble.

Then I reviewed the practices of meatpackers, and acquired a 1 inch belt sander and a variety of belts. Started with HF, eventually saved up and got a Grizzly.

Never looked back.

Ruined a couple of knives learning to use the appliances. Which meant I got to buy or make some new knives.

Hell, I was going to buy and make more knives anyway.

Dance like you have never been hurt, work like no one is watching,love like you don't need the money.

#297159 - 10/01/20 12:40 AM Re: Knife sharpening [Re: Bingley]
Blast Offline
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Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 3753
Loc: TX
At this point in my life I'm too busy to devote an afternoon to sharpening a knife. Call me a heretic, but I really love my Work Sharp Knife & Tool Sharpner*
Practice a bit with an old knife to learn the proper timing then after that all your knives will be razor+ sharp. No fuss - no muss. It saves me a bunch of time. Keep in mind that the grind angles only have a 40 and 50 degree pre-set choices on this model and since it's a slack belt it'll give a convex edge. The "Ken Onion" model has almost infinite angle choices but I'm not sure if it can do a non-convex blade profile. Regardless, this isn't the sharpener for your Scandi-grind Moras.

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#297162 - 10/01/20 01:39 AM Re: Knife sharpening [Re: Bingley]
chaosmagnet Offline
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Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 3658
Loc: USA
I find that the knives I use the most do well with a charged strop and actual sharpening perhaps three or four times a year. I’ve been very happy with my Sharpmaker.

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