Knife Sharpeners

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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pull through sharpening aids//Fast New Bevel

Started by richard m bissell III Nov 4, 2020. 0 Replies

Grindstone city, history of a unique grrindstone

Started by Jan Carter. Last reply by allanm Jul 25, 2017. 2 Replies

Knife Robot: World's First Auto Knife Sharpener

Started by Steve Scheuerman (Manx). Last reply by D ale Mar 18, 2017. 17 Replies

WIcked Edge owner experiences....

Started by AlecsKnives. Last reply by John Bamford Jul 14, 2016. 4 Replies

USB microscopes ?

Started by John Bamford. Last reply by Jan Carter Jan 31, 2016. 34 Replies

I'll sharpen your knife for free (except return shipping)

Started by Jack Haskins, Jr.. Last reply by Kees ( KC ) Mension Dec 7, 2015. 11 Replies

3 dimensional pivot point on sharpening tool.

Started by Thomas Lofvenmark. Last reply by Thomas Lofvenmark Nov 29, 2015. 4 Replies

Smith's 2-Step Knife Sharpener

Started by Charles Sample. Last reply by J.J. Smith III Nov 28, 2015. 9 Replies

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Comment by Steve Scheuerman (Manx) on September 27, 2017 at 14:54

24 beer, pack of smokes, Kodi for TV shows....getting set for a Sharpening Day!

Comment by Stephen L. Corley on May 4, 2017 at 14:44
This past fall, I was doing a quick touch up on my Bear and Son Barlow with my Tenn big stick ceramic rod, and I dropped the stick. Of course, it shattered. Today, I received 2 new one from SMKW. You can't beat those things for touch ups.

Comment by Charles Sample on December 16, 2016 at 15:02

That's great Data!

Comment by allanm on December 16, 2016 at 11:08

That would be nice to learn direct from a master in an apprenticeship - good for him

Comment by Ms Data on December 15, 2016 at 22:16
Proud to say that my Grandson, Aaron (Winter Shadow) was offered an apprenticeship with master professional knife sharpener Albert Edmonds of Seattle Edge. So happy for him!

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. 


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