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Sharpening on a shoe string

Sat Mar 08, 2014 4:13 pm

Some of my customers get put off by the seeming high cost of sharpening and that's a shame because you can get good results with very little money. Let's discuss some methods on how to sharpen your knives with as little money as possible. I have a number of money saving tips but I'll let you guys take a swing at it first.

Re: Sharpening on a shoe string

Sat Mar 08, 2014 5:57 pm

Buy a combo stone.
Use cardboard or newspaper to strop on
Use wet/dry sandpaper on a piece of glass to flatten your stone until you can afford a plate.

Re: Sharpening on a shoe string

Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:36 pm

Cheapest method I can think of would be sand paper on a mouse pad

Re: Sharpening on a shoe string

Sat Mar 08, 2014 6:59 pm

One stone is all you need. Many 1k stones are ~$50, use sandpaper or even pavement to flatten and you can get a lot of work done.

Re: Sharpening on a shoe string

Sat Mar 08, 2014 8:30 pm

And here I am thinking that some damn fool was stropping on an actual shoe string.

Re: Sharpening on a shoe string

Sat Mar 08, 2014 9:19 pm

I've actually heard of shoe string stropping for serrated blades.

3M wet/dry sandpaper from the local auto parts store is probably the cheapest and the most effective.

Norton Crystlon oil stone, fast cutting silicon carbide with a average cost between $10-$20. It's a coarse stone with the fine being 280 grit but produces mud like a waterstone that can be captured and applied to a strop which will greatly refine the edge to razor sharp.

Beyond that a basic 1k & 6k waterstone is tough to beat though likely to be in the $60-$100 range.

Re: Sharpening on a shoe string

Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:43 am

I've actually sharpened knives on those dressing stones they give away with diamond abrasive wheels. The stones are free and the results are... better than nothing, I guess.

For the non-metal-workshop-operator, I'm gonna agree with Mark and say wet & dry sandpaper, but glued to a piece of glass.

Re: Sharpening on a shoe string

Sun Mar 09, 2014 7:48 am

I've used the bottom of a coffee cup.

I got started with a Smith's Tri-hone from Lowe's. It was better than nothing and better than the pull through the kitchens had. I think it was $20. Flatted it with sandpaper on a stainless steel table.

Now I have stones that cost more than knives so stuff can happen.

Re: Sharpening on a shoe string

Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:01 am

RedWattle wrote:Buy a combo stone.
Use cardboard or newspaper to strop on
Use wet/dry sandpaper on a piece of glass to flatten your stone until you can afford a plate.



+1 this would also be my recommendation to start up on the cheap.

Re: Sharpening on a shoe string

Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:01 pm

A lot of glued on glass recommendations. I did a quick search, but didn't find much. Where would one find cheap glass blanks?
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