Hey I’m going to aim this at someone who has never sharpened a knife before and doesn’t know where to start and what to get so let me you about a few different stones and then I’m going to tell you about all the stones I use for the simplest and quickest way to put an edge on a knife.
I’ll tell you the best stone I have but I also have never used it because I don’t need to this is a Norton stone this requires lubrication oil you could use water but like a light oil on the other side what it does is help to slough off the metal filings as you’re sharpening but it’s never been used, and there’s a reason for that because I’ve never needed to use it.
I’ve got a couple of harder stones here, and these are to put the final really fine polished edge, and I do use these a lot this is a pretty good setup here this is a what I use but the stuff I use is over here, and I’ll show you that I haven’t got to this yet and the only reason my habit is because I wear these out before I get to this, this is a three stone set up here you got rough you got your medium side here.
I prefer because it’s simple basic easy I’ve got the point where I can really quickly put a nice sharp shaving kind of edge on my blades I use it for my kitchen knives and hunting knives and I’ve even used it for chisels.
If you’ve got a nasty edge one that’s never been sharpened maybe it’s got dings and dents and nicks in it you might have to look at it under a with a magnifying glass to see. If you have a blade that’s got a reasonably decent edge on it, you might want it on to start with a rough you might want to start with a medium side but let’s just say that you have a nasty blade or a really bad edge on each knife is a little different.
Depending on the thickness that would determine what angle you want to hold this at generally an angle would be between 15 and 25 degrees. 15 and 25 degrees is usually what you want. If you had a blade with an edge that was really thick, you would want to go towards the 25-degree angle and a thin blade you would want to go towards the 15 degrees.
The basic strokes are coming but before I do that don’t let me tell you as you’re pulling this towards you what happens is the the very edge of this blade you get this birth this curve that curves over if you’re stroking it this way that bends that away it’s not something you can see with your naked eye, but you can feel it with your finger. What you’re doing is you’re sharpening that burr away, and you’re honing it until there’s no more burr until the edge is fine and there’s no more burr.
Just so you know people do this differently and I’m going to show you the way I do it. This is just to get you started, and once you get once you put an edge on a blade like this, you’ll be hooked. The next thing you know you’ll be sharpening everything you’ve got.
I do five strokes on either side, and I pull it towards me lots of people go in both directions I just go in one direction and here’s how I do it. I rest my fingers on the blade, and I pull it towards me like that as you come to the curb in you want to lift up a little bit. I flip it over, and you go in the opposite direction.
This blade right now I can shave with, it might take a hundred strokes on this to get past all your nicks and dings on your blade so then I turned it over once I got past that once I got the beginning edge that I wanted I would turn it over go to the fine tip and what this does let’s rub out all the scratches on the edge. When you get that kind of an edge on it when you’ve got all the scratches rubbed off to use the really fine hard Arkansas stone which polishes that edge. You can see when you’ve got it right because it’ll shine.
As you’re doing this you sort of getting into a groove, and you develop a mechanical movement. After a while, you don’t even think about what you’re doing, and it becomes automatic muscle memory.
You get a feel for when that burr is disappearing you can hear it, and you can feel it.
I can’t think of anything else to tell you but if you didn’t know how to sharpen, and you didn’t see what you get just this stone will go a long, long way to hone your hunting knives and even your ax, your shovel, and even your kitchen knives.