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    Power knife sharpening tools

    I have no doubt squillions of threads already on this already However, here goes.

    I have quite a few knives - several in larder usually mora stuff, a frost butchery kit, several stalking knives including good stuff from boden and allan wood and the usual kitchen stuff from globe and Sabatier. So lots of different steel and angles to cater for. Whilst I do get the "cathartic" and accomplishment effect of doing the job properly on Lansky, ceramic etc etc I am considering getting a power sharpener. There are quite a few around including professional chef versions which are pretty expensive, but I saw this at the stalking show a couple of months back

    http://www.worksharptools.com/knife-...field-kit.html

    anyone got any experience with it, any good, cater for all steels and angles etc etc??

    Any other better versions?

    D

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    The power sharpeners is seen a few years ago ravage the blades, maybe theyve improved

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    I have one of the professional chef power sharpeners in the larder. For butchery and utility knives it does an okay job, but I'd not use it on my stalking knives. As swarovski says, it makes a mess of the blades.

    I'm more of a Tormek or Wicked Edge man when it comes to my stalking knives, using the Lansky and leather strop to touch up the edge when necessary.
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    I gave up on my lansky sharperner, makes for a edge you can shave with but do one pelvis or a rib cage and edge is gone, I just carry this german made sharpener in my pocket at all time, gives an edge good enough for me, am thinking of going back to opinel, best blade ive ever had, holds its edge well too

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    Quote Originally Posted by swarovski View Post
    I gave up on my lansky sharperner, makes for a edge you can shave with but do one pelvis or a rib cage and edge is gone, I just carry this german made sharpener in my pocket at all time, gives an edge good enough for me, am thinking of going back to opinel, best blade ive ever had, holds its edge well too
    You're sharpening on too fine an angle Swaro. I sharpen on one off the least fine guide point (if that makes sense?) and it lasts very well. I only use Mora knives and I do usually touch them up after each use but I have just gone through 5 rib cages with mine and it's still good to go. I cannot work with blunt knives either so don't think that I'm carefree about it. I always have a spare knife or two kicking about if I needed it but it isn't usually required. However, I used to go for a finer edge and I had the exact problem that you describe. You live and learn!
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    Use that on any but cheap knives and you will wreck them might as well chuck the Alan wood in the bin

    Set most with a 35deg bevel (17.5deg per side) and strop on a leather Strop between uses this should work well with High quality stainless in the 60RC range stropping should keep it well for a long time before you need to Re sharpen on a stone

    Cheaper (but still good quality for there intended use) chef an butcher knives Mora Victorinox etc are best used on a steel or can be done on a power vee stone then Steel they will wear fast and should be considered disposable any way after time will be in the low 50 Rc

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    I use a sharpening stone and a good steel. I learned off a slaughter man he is sadly no longer with us. I like a fine edge on my knifes. I don't go throught rib cages with knifes so a steel keeps it sharp with no effort.

    Regards kev
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    It's not portable but A Triton wet stone with leather wheel are very highly rated. There was a very good review and set up on The New Yankee Workshop by the master carpenter Norm Abram. It can do knives as well as tools and can be used by a total novice or knife sharpening guru.

    Triton TWSS10 120W Wetstone Sharpener - Power Tools, Grinders Chasers, Bench

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    Quote Originally Posted by willie_gunn View Post
    I'm more of a Tormek or Wicked Edge man when it comes to my stalking knives, using the Lansky and leather strop to touch up the edge when necessary.
    I also use a Tormek for all my knives (and chisels and plane blades and gouges). Might be a bit pricey for just knives, but it's the bees' knees for woodworking tools.

    Cheers,
    Jeff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nun_hunter View Post
    It's not portable but A Triton wet stone with leather wheel are very highly rated.
    The Triton is basically the same as the Tormek, and both will do a good job on knives. As Jeff says, they really come into their own on woodturning gouges, chisels, etc.
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