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Combo Sharpening

Sat Feb 15, 2014 4:02 pm

I recently tried something a little different that perhaps some folks have been doing for a long time.

I love free hand sharpening but I also truly appreciate what the EP Pro can accomplish and I use both, depending on the knife but most of the time I free hand, I find it quicker too.

So what would happen if I took advantage of my full sized coarse stones and did the heavy work on those to quickly re-establish a long lost edge and raise a burr. Then finish the knife off as per normal on a 2k or 5k stone. THEN, take that knife and use the Edge Pro to clean up any of my imperfections that I left behind while free handing.

I have done this, the tricky part I thought was going to be finding the angle on the EP but as it turns out it was easy. I sharpen at 19 deg for most of the European knives I do, it feels like 19 deg anyway so I was able to prove that on the EP by setting it at 19 deg and verifying that I was on target using the sharpie. It worked very nicely actually, it isn't something I plan to do with every knife but I get many many knives that would really but a beating on my EP coarse stones, so why not accomplish the heavy lifting on the larger stones and then finish it off on the EP.
I am only talking using 1 stone on the EP too, the 5k for example, it just seems to make the edge a little crispier if that is an appropriate turn.
I have also used the full sized Atoma 140 and then did the rest of the work on the EP.

Again, just something I am trying out and not making an attempt to recommend it and like I said, maybe folks have been doing this for years.
Peter

Re: Combo Sharpening

Sun Feb 16, 2014 2:25 pm

I experimented with this yesterday with several knives. I've found that this approach is really just applying a micro bevel and it works well for that. So I'm doing this anymore, it was an interesting experiment though. Still good for going from a coarse stone to the EP too.

Re: Combo Sharpening

Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:46 pm

Keep sharing those experiments with us Peter, we're learning as your are!
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