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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-16-2019, 07:16 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry if this has already been discussed. But I got tired of using a stone poorly, or grinding away my blade on some gizmo to get a halfway sharp blade, but hurting it in the process. I bought a Harbor Freight 1"x30" belt sander with coupon for maybe $40? A leather strop belt and a pack of assorted grit belts and some buffing compound on Amazon for maybe another 40. Now it's easy to put a scary sharp edge on about anything. Even my old rusty machete. My wife wasn't thrilled at first. Then her friends were over helping her cook and they started raving about how sharp her stuff was. Now she's a fan. When I first got it, I went to Starvation Army, Goodwiil, etc. and picked up about 8 big junk knives for maybe $2 each to practice on. Now some of those are our favorite knives Next goal. Sharpen a plain butter knife so it's like a straight razor. This video is kinda long, but is a good demo.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-16-2019, 07:28 PM
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We have had one over at our shop for years great and handy tool we use it for all types of grinding I also bought one of their chain saw machines have not used it yet but my adult grand son has one and he said it works great.


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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-16-2019, 07:29 PM
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.And don't forget, with that sander, you can reshape the blades..so long as you have water nearby and keep them cool.

Also, you can reshape or smooth handles with that sander. Some mass produced knives have some have sharp angles on the handles because they were quickly run through a process that didn't take time to sand the handles smooth.

A smooth handle is way more comfortable to use for extended periods.


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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-17-2019, 07:42 PM
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I see you vacation at the N.C. coast. I lived on Hatteras Island from 2002-2017. Village of Frisco was my home. Where do you visit on the Outer Banks?

Impressive knife sharpener there.
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