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Who does not want a sharp knife? If it does not come from the factory that way, or if your knifemaker only put a "safety" edge on it...you want it sharp...right? Join us as we explore ways to do just that!

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Comment by Charles Sample on April 7, 2016 at 22:10


One thing I like about the KME is the degree of adjustability.  It is marked in one degree increments from 17 to 30 degrees.  And you could even work in half degree increments if you wanted by positioning half way between degree marks.

Comment by allanm on April 7, 2016 at 18:41

Skimming back as I travel around finding new groups and interests as the knife bug bites ... I like the look of that KME system Charles, not cheap, but it looks like it will be very effective. And of course your own testimony of not being that good, and now getting them hair shaving sharp is a good endorsement.

Comment by Howard P Reynolds on April 4, 2016 at 8:34

Oops.  I didn't look where I was posting this - turned out to be the Queen Cutlery site.  Found that you posted the David Clarke information over here in "Knife Sharpeners", Jan, so I moved my comment over here where it belongs.

Thanks, Jan.  Great information, especially for me.  My father-in-law purchased some Potter County Pennsylvania mountain property back in the '60s.  It is a mountainous area by eastern standards.  Most of Potter county is up and down with relatively few flat areas.  The property was intended as a "hunting camp" as there were/are plenty of deer and turkey. 

However, early inspection of the property showed signs of quarrying - shallow, almost insignificant quarrying of flagstone.  One of my brothers-in-law, along with a local native of Potter Co. got interested in trying to sell this "Pennsylvania Bluestone flagstone in the late '90s, as it is harder than the Arizona type of flagstone.  So they bought a stone cutter and worked the quarry for a time until the bottom fell out of the flagstone market.  

So, this article says that some nice hard (and soft) flagstone (sandstone) was found in the 1800s in the UP of MI (Grindstone City) that made excellent grindstones when cut and shaped into wheels for grinding knife blades.

I am wondering if the guys working the quarry on the property ever had the flagstone analyzed for content of silica, etc.  It is a very fine-grained sandstone, and might make excellent benchstones - since carborundum ruined the grindstone business.  Now, there doesn't seem to be any of that hard Arkansas stone for fine work, but maybe a coarse or medium benchstone material might be just lying there waiting to become a natural benchstone.  It won't compete with Norton benchstones, but might be a "cottage" industry to make a buck here and there.

Comment by Jan Carter on April 3, 2016 at 21:34

Well Historian David Clarke has done it again!  Check out the early Grindstone information and enjoy! http://www.queencutlery.com/uploads/Early_Cutlery_Grindstones_3-25-...

Comment by Stephen L. Corley on February 1, 2016 at 8:53

I finally got a sharpie to find my mistake. Also, I'm very impressed with my black Arkansas stone. 

Comment by Charles Sample on January 24, 2016 at 22:59

Yep, Stephen, ever chance I get!  LOL  But it sure is sweet when one of my knives just glides through what ever it is I am cutting!

Comment by Stephen L. Corley on January 24, 2016 at 22:06

Charles, that's cheating. lol 

Comment by Charles Sample on January 24, 2016 at 19:18

I have never been able to sharpen a knife free hand.  Maybe if I had put in hours upon hours of practice I could have learned.  However I just don't have that kind of patience.  I used a Smith's handheld two sided pull through sharpener to keep my EDC pocket knife reasonably sharp.  However as I began to acquire more and better knives such as a set of Case kitchen knives for my wife and my Colonial Bushcraft knife, I needed something better.  After much study and research I ordered a KME Sharpening System.  As a first test of it and me, I tried it out on an old cheap nothing very dull Chinese knife.  I was able to get that knife hair shaving sharp.  I've since used it to get several knives hair shaving sharp, including a couple of my wife's Case kitchen knives, my custom knife of 01 tool steel, my daughter's Colt pocket knife, and lastly just yesterday both of my Rough Rider EDC knives of 440A stainless.

So however long I go between sharpening, I'm sure I will be able to make  a knife hair shaving sharp.

Comment by John A Smithers on January 24, 2016 at 14:19

Hi all!  I have about 10 blades.  I keep 6 very sharp by taking them to a sharpener company down the street.  I asked for and got a Spyderco Sharpmaker.  I am interested to learn more about blade angles and how to sharpen hard steels. 

Comment by Stephen L. Corley on January 24, 2016 at 3:39

The great thing about using super steels is you only have to sharpen them every 6 months. The draw back is, after 6 months of not sharpening a knife that perfect edge is rather elusive. 


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