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My Technique, to sharpen any blade.

Mon Dec 10, 2012 2:47 pm

Anyone that sharpens by hand will tell you it takes practice, sometimes this is discouraging to someone starting out because it can literally take years to figure it all out. In my own trial and errors of sharpening I stumbled upon a technique that allows you to follow the curve of the edge and keep consistency in your angle by placing constant pressure in just the right areas. Still takes confidence and a sensitive touch but takes the worry out of making even contact while maintaining a constant flow.

Comments welcome, enjoy!




If all else fails here's a link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgOXvtJD ... e=g-crec-u
Last edited by Michiel Vanhoudt on Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:49 pm, edited 4 times in total.
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Re: My Technique, to sharpen any blade.

Mon Dec 10, 2012 3:14 pm

Can you show us an example(video) of this technique?
I am just getting started sharpening and love any tips I can find!
I know it's going to take time to discover my own process and technique but it is nice to have some kind of starting reference.

Re: My Technique, to sharpen any blade.

Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:00 pm

The video should be there, if not I don't know why. Link added.

Re: My Technique, to sharpen any blade.

Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:30 pm

Sorry Jason, I just overlooked it!

Re: My Technique, to sharpen any blade.

Mon Dec 10, 2012 4:57 pm

Very good video Jason. It helped answer a few more questions that have been brewing in my head lately. Your technique is similar to ones that I have been seeing more as I dig deeper into sharpening. I have started to realize that there are many ways to get there, you just have to find what works best for you. I've been trying to soak up as much info as I can before I test the waters but I guess I just need to jump in!

Re: My Technique, to sharpen any blade.

Wed Dec 12, 2012 10:58 pm

As usual Jason, thanks for being willing to share your insight, experience and techniques. Great vid.

Re: My Technique, to sharpen any blade.

Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:34 am

Having the ability to adapt one technique of sharpening to any blade profile will also allow a higher level of skill to be reached in a shorter duration, IMO, since you're using the same body mechanics each sharpening session. I have used the same technique for everything from my Victorinox, Emerson folder, Cold Steel machette, to my Winkler custom forged belt knife. My current project, however, is definitely requiring some modification in style - Hanwei/Paul Chen Katana. Nothing my Nubatamas and some serious patience can't handle. Tempted to get that grab bag of finger stones from Mark for some final polishing, and get back to some serious Tatami mat cutting! - Josh

Re: My Technique, to sharpen any blade.

Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:51 pm

Very nice video Jason.

I fixed the embedding ;) Don't use spaces after the html code next time :D

Re: My Technique, to sharpen any blade.

Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:09 pm

Michiel Vanhoudt wrote:Very nice video Jason.

I fixed the embedding ;) Don't use spaces after the html code next time :D



Thanks, Michiel

Re: My Technique, to sharpen any blade.

Fri Dec 14, 2012 8:20 pm

Really nice Jason. I'll post this on Facebook and on my site to get it some more plays.
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