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Sharpening DT ITK

Tue Nov 20, 2012 2:04 pm

Time to sharpen my DT ITK. I have read that maybe it needs to be 'thinned.' Is this the same as a compound bevel? If so does anyone have any suggested angles. If not could someone explain this 'thinning' process.

Re: Sharpening DT ITK

Wed Nov 21, 2012 6:25 pm

Devin's knives are easy to sharpen. They don't need thinning at first.

What is meant by thinning is the process of grinding the steel immediately behind the edge. You do this by lowering the spine a little closer to the stone. Usually you can feel the knife start to slip across the stone once the edge is off the stone. You can also hear it on a low or medium grit stone.

Check out some of my free instructional videos on the site. I explain thinning early on in the series and it might help for you to see me do it.

Re: Sharpening DT ITK

Wed Nov 21, 2012 8:17 pm

Thinning is explained in Chad Ward's article here:

http://forums.egullet.org/topic/26036-k ... harpening/

Your DT ITK may or may not need to be thinned. Unless you are encountering wedging issues, probably not.

Re: Sharpening DT ITK

Mon Nov 26, 2012 1:13 pm

Wow, I had forgotten about that article. Great to read through it again.

Re: Sharpening DT ITK

Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:54 pm

I love sharpening my DT. I just feel bad that I'm grinding it away.

Re: Sharpening DT ITK

Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:15 am

I rarely use either of my DT knives....can't stand the thought of eroding away that edge over the years. Pathetic, I know I am.
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