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Sharpening an ITK Bread knife.

Tue May 01, 2012 6:39 pm

Have any of you guys tried to sharpen the ITK bread knife?

Re: Sharpening an ITK Bread knife.

Fri May 04, 2012 7:06 pm

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.

Re: Sharpening an ITK Bread knife.

Fri May 04, 2012 9:18 pm

Thanks Eamon! I got both the Idahone and the ITK bread knife. Good info!

Re: Sharpening an ITK Bread knife.

Sat May 05, 2012 3:30 am

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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Ken

Re: Sharpening an ITK Bread knife.

Fri May 11, 2012 10:28 pm

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...

Re: Sharpening an ITK Bread knife.

Sat May 12, 2012 6:23 am

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.

:)

Re: Sharpening an ITK Bread knife.

Thu May 24, 2012 6:25 am

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.

Re: Sharpening an ITK Bread knife.

Thu May 24, 2012 12:15 pm

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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Ken
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