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 Post subject: Sharpening an ITK Bread knife.
PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2012 6:39 pm 
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Have any of you guys tried to sharpen the ITK bread knife?



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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening an ITK Bread knife.
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 7:06 pm 
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I do it with an Idahone, just really patiently. Took me like 15 minutes or something. Luckily this knife doesn't get a lot of board contact, so it doesn't need it often.

I wouldn't want it any more polished than 1200 grit, so I am good with that edge. I just rub the valleys with the rod like any serrated knife, then carefully rub over the hills and deburr the back, maybe repeat if the burr is being stubborn. Then I deburr into a felt block.



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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening an ITK Bread knife.
PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 9:18 pm 
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Thanks Eamon! I got both the Idahone and the ITK bread knife. Good info!



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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening an ITK Bread knife.
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I should do a video on this. It's actually quite simple to do this on a standard waterstone. I particularly like the wavy serrations on this knife for this.

Basically you hold the knife to the stone at the same angle you would sharpen a regular nonserrated knife. THEN you tilt the knife so it is only touching a rail of the stone rather than the whole surface, keeping the same angle. Then deburr on the opposite side at the most acute angle possible ...

A video would show this better.

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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening an ITK Bread knife.
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2012 10:28 pm 

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Further to the rail advice, you can also use a Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker. The corners on the triangular stones work the same as the stone rails. This was my first sharpening kit, which I no longer use, since I've discovered Japanese waterstones which are much much better. There more I use them, the better I get (not saying I'm really good at it). But I still use those triangular stones for serrated edges...


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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening an ITK Bread knife.
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Agreed, I too use the Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker - works really well on this bread knife - as Ken says, the serration shape lends to easy peasy sharpening.

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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening an ITK Bread knife.
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If someone has some images or video I would love to see it. I am a bit unsure of what you are describing here. I have waterstones, but not any of the sharpening jigs some of you guys are using.

Thanks so much.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening an ITK Bread knife.
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Yes the concept of using the edges of a sharpening stone is exactly the same as how one does it using the edges of the sharpmaker triangular rods.

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