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Old 09-09-2019, 1:47 PM
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So I went on an Amazon spree and bought some folding pocket knives as well as a Lansky sharpener (the kind with the ceramic sticks at certain angles), and a leather strop with green honing compound.

The knives are sharp out of the box, but they could be sharper. Would you recommend using the fine grit on the sharpener at 25 degrees or 20 degrees? Does the recommended angle change for different knives (e.g. my little folders vs. Mora knives)? Or should I forgo sharpening altogether right now and just strop?
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Aaaaaand there's all the info I need. Thanks.
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its always best to do it at the same angle as the original factory edge. If they are brand new just strop and use until they fail the arm hair test.
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Since you asked, I like my 1" table top belt sander with a leather Strop on it
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I just bought a cheap powered knife belt sander that works great.
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I've been working in kitchens since 1979. The fastest way to ruin a knife is to let me sharpen it. Still. I had to quit buying good knives (except MAC's, even I can't screw up a MAC) even. I can ruin a ZDP Spyderco in no time. I'm pretty handy otherwise,but I'm hopeless at sharpening. I have pretty much every gimmick sharpening system ever made, and the dude in the truck with a Harbor Freight 4" belt sander kicks my *** every time. Sometimes it's better to pay.
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The Lansky fine prolly wont improve your factory edge. If anything strop the factory edge out of the box and wait til the knife actually dulls to use the lansky.
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Other factors to consider: the blade material and the use/purpose of the knife.
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For decades, I have used the Spyderco sharpener, but recently I went full bore and bought a Wicked Edge System off a member in the classifieds. This system is so good, that in a couple of hours, I had every knife in the house, razor sharp.

https://wickededgeusa.com/collections/sharpeners?utm_campaign=Brand%20Terms&utm_source=b ing&utm_medium=cpc&ad={creative}&utm_term=wicked%2 0edge%20knife%20sharpener
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For decades, I have used the Spyderco sharpener, but recently I went full bore and bought a Wicked Edge System off a member in the classifieds. This system is so good, that in a couple of hours, I had every knife in the house, razor sharp.

https://wickededgeusa.com/collections/sharpeners?utm_campaign=Brand%20Terms&utm_source=b ing&utm_medium=cpc&ad={creative}&utm_term=wicked%2 0edge%20knife%20sharpener
Is it That much better than the Spyderco Sharpener? (that's what I too have been using)

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My brother, using one of those $7 diamond-grit hand held Home Depot things that look like a square plastic honing "steel", can get a knife sharp enough to cut through the space-time fabric.

The only thing that happens when I use a Lansky is I cut my thumb. Every G.D. time...

With a Spyderco sharpener, I just make a lot of annoying noise.
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So I went on an Amazon spree and bought some folding pocket knives as well as a Lansky sharpener (the kind with the ceramic sticks at certain angles), and a leather strop with green honing compound.

The knives are sharp out of the box, but they could be sharper. Would you recommend using the fine grit on the sharpener at 25 degrees or 20 degrees? Does the recommended angle change for different knives (e.g. my little folders vs. Mora knives)? Or should I forgo sharpening altogether right now and just strop?
Hmmmm... lotta questions, but I like to talk about edges...

Generally, if I have a new knife and I just want to touch it up, I'll stick with the angle from the manufacturer. No need to take off more steel than necessary.

Going straight to the strop from the manufacturer might not give you the best edge possible, as just about EVERY manufacturer churns out wavy or imperfect edges. But a ceramic rod might not be able to repair the inconsistencies.

There's no downside to stropping the edge to see what you'll get. Just remember to keep the pressure light, and to match the angle perfectly.
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