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Discussion in 'Knives' started by maxim240sx, May 24, 2017.

  1. maxim240sx

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    Anyone in the metro OKC do any sharpening in their spare time or have a shop they recommend? I just received a sweet microtech ultratech in trade and could use a freshening up. I did some googling and some people say they are a pain to sharpen.

    I have many kershaws and usually send mine in for free sharpening, but would like to find a local instead of waiting a few weeks.

    The Microtech blade is tanto partially serrated
     
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    Keep in mind that you void the warranty if you sharpen it (this and the price is why I do not own one).
     
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    Hahaha what? So basically they're saying there is no warranty.
    I'm glad I choose Benchmade.
     
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    Makes me enjoy my cheapo, no warranty, replaceable blades so I can keep a sharp spare on hand and if it gets dropped in a pit of lava or otherwise destroyed I'm out 15 bucks.
     
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    Man what good news lol. Well its still a sweet knife. I'm wondering if they are the same way as kershaw with auto knives? Kershaw says to have them sharpen an auto, you have to use an authorized dealer to send and receive, instead of regular mail there and back.

    Kind of a pain.
     
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    Ok I picked up a sharpmaker sharpener. I tried to sharpen one of my kershaws and it didn't get much better of an edge. I tried the 30* back bevel also. I even tried to go more strokes on step one edge, like 40 per side and still not impressed with the edge.

    I was like wtf, so I took a kitchen knife that was pretty dull and it came out sharp enough for the walmart receipt test.


    Guys have any ideas? I'm thinking maybe the angle or whatever is messed up. As I took it to the flea market a few weeks ago and had an older fella sharpen it for me.
     
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    It's possible that you are sharpening the shoulder of the edge and not the actual edge. Take a sharpie and color the edge of the knife. Then run it on the sharpmaker and see where it is taking off metal.

    Also what stones are you using and are you doing the flat and pointed sides? I can usually take a butter knife dull knife to razor sharp with only the medium and fine stones.


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    Ok I will try the sharpie test.

    I started with the grey sticks pointed side, then flat side. 20-40 strokes per side. Then the white sticks point first, then flat side same # of strokes as the grey.

    I tried the 30* also as per directions if not getting results, then go on to the 40*. But this didn't make much difference.

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    With the sharpie test, if it isn't making contact on the actual edge, do I adjust my angle left or right on my stroke? Instead of keeping the blade 100% vertical
     
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    That is one option. If you're hitting the shoulder your knife has a really wide bevel on it. The best thing to do is re-profile the edge with the 30 degree side if you plan on re sharpening it a lot. It will take awhile but it's worth it. You'll get a better cutting edge and performance by re profiling the edge.

    Unfortunately, lower end knives can have really bad grinds and uneven bevels on them. Heck even some of my Spyderco's have had uneven grinds.




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