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Sharpening Basics

Recommending Sharpening Stones for the Beginner
What sharpening stones should I start with? We get asked regularly to recommend stones for the beginning sharpener. Everyone wants to get stones that will be of the most practical use. No one wants to waste money on something they will have to repla......
Difference in Sharpening Stone Materials
Understanding The Differences In Materials The three most common types of sharpening stones are oil stones, water stones, and diamond stones. Each of these stones has its own advantages that can help users achieve their sharpening goals. Oil S......
Step-by-Step Knife Sharpening
This step-by-step guide will walk you through how to sharpen your knives using sharpening stones. We recommend you read our article Selecting a Sharpening Stone to help you determine the best stone for your application. One more thing to consider ......
Comparing Razor Strops
What's the difference between the various razor strops? We offer several different razor strops to choose from. Different sizes are available as well as different leathers. Some have linen belts and some do not. This article is intended to give an......
Knife Sharpener Budget Buying Guide
9 Ways to Sharpen a Knife - Starting at $29.99 Looking for a knife sharpener that doesn’t break the bank? We’ve assembled nine budget-friendly options that are guaranteed to give you a sharp edge. Our list below provides options for differe......
Visualizing an Edge
In order to understand sharpening, it is helpful to visualize dull and sharp edges. By understanding what dull and sharp look like, it is easier to understand the process of getting from one to the other. Unfortunately, edges tend to be rather small ......
Detailed Discussion on Knife Sharpening Angles
We have found that many customers really want to know more about selecting the angle for their knife. In this article we will discuss in more detail why you may want to choose one angle over another. Before getting into the detail, we’d like to ma......
Tips for Selecting the Right Bevel Angle
Selecting an angle for your knife edge is an important first step in sharpening. Selecting an angle is probably one of the easiest steps in sharpening, once you know the basics. To make it easy, a 20 degree bevel angle is a good starting point. If......
Finding 20 Degree Angle to Sharpen Knives - Video
A 20 degree angle is the most common angle to sharpen a knife. However, sometimes you just need a quick and easy way to find that angle. When nothing else is available, we've found that folding a piece of paper twice can serve as a good guide to find......
Sharpening a Knife Using the Aligner
The Aligner maintains a consistent sharpening angle, taking the guesswork out of sharpening. Choose from seven different settings to get your perfect edge. You can set the bevel guide closer to the clamp for a sharper edge, or you can set it farther ......
Sharpening a Serrated Knife
How do I sharpen a serrated knife? Many knives feature serrated blades. The saw-like cutting action of these knives allows for aggressive slicing and the edges hold up well. Eventually though every edge becomes dull and loses its cutting ability. ......
Using the DMT Knife Guide
A Step-by-Step Guide for Sharpening Knives Using Bench Stones and the DMT Knife Sharpening Guide This step-by-step guide will walk you through how to sharpen your knives using bench stones and the DMT Knife Sharpening Guide. We recommend you read ......
How Do I Know If My Knife or Tool is Sharp?
To understand sharpness you must first understand the definition of an edge. An edge is the line of intersection of two surfaces. A highly sharpened edge is one where the two surfaces are highly polished to form a very fine edge. Sharpening is the......
How to Sharpen a Scissors
The Edgecraft Model 500 Scissors Sharpener will quickly and easily put a sharp edge on kitchen, household, sewing, craft and knife edge scissors. (Note: It is NOT meant for hairstyling scissors, manicure scissors, serrated blades or tin snips.) The S......
Using the DMT Serrated Knife Sharpener
Sharpening a serrated knife is much different than sharpening a traditional straight blade. Each individual serration will need to be sharpened separately. Because a serrated knife functions like a saw, it can often still cut when dull. However when ......
Sharpening Glossary
A Alloy - an homogeneous mixture of metallic elements possibly also including one or more non-metallic elements. Alloys have different properties than non-alloyed metals and the proportions of their constituent elements can be varied to achieve de......
Sharpening Freehand Video
Sharpening a knife with bench stones is an effective method for putting a keen edge on your knife. This short video will explain the proper techniques for freehand sharpening using bench stones. View All Bench Stones View Transcript Anyone ......
Using the DMT Knife Guide Video
The DMT Knife Guide is the easiest way we've found to sharpen a knife using a bench stone. It is an inexpensive and trouble-free way to keep the bevel angle consistent throughout the sharpening process. Watch the video and learn how you can become a ......
Sharpening Stone Grit Chart
Our Sharpening Stone Grit Chart After discussing the topic of grit coarseness and fineness we decided to come up with our own chart. Since one person's "fine" and one manufacturers "fine" may mean something completely different we established......
Sharpening a Hollow Ground Knife
Whether you call it a hollow ground or a hollow grind, you can sharpen these knives with ease. A hollow grind is produced when you use a wheel to sharpen the edge of a knife. Because there is less material directly behind the edge, this type of ed......
What is a carborundum Stone?
If you've only been around sharpening for a few years, you've probably never heard of a carborundum stone. It isn't that these stones don't exist, it is because the current popular language doesn't use the term carborundum to refer to the silicon car......
What is an India Stone?
An India Stone is made from the man-made abrasive aluminum oxide. The term India Stone is a trade name for Norton's Aluminum Oxide sharpening stones. Norton's India stones are orange, tan or brown in color. This distinguishes them from Norton's Cryst......
Knife Manufacturers
Buck Knives – Buck Knives has been around for over a century. Located in Post Falls, Idaho, they specialize in hunting, outdoor, tactical, and everyday pocket knives. Camillus Cutlery Co. – Founded in 1876, Camillus Knives manufactures knives und......
Find Knife Sharpening Angle With Quarters - Video
You may have heard that you can stack quarters under your knife to find the correct sharpening angle. While true, the type of knife, or more specifically the width of the blade and the desired angle dictate how many quarters you should use. The chart......
Is Sharpening a Serrated Knife Worthwhile?
Sharpening a Serrated Knife Is sharpening a serrated knife worthwhile? People may tell you that sharpening your serrated knives isn't necessary. To some, sharp kitchen utensils may not be a priority (I assume you, a sharpening s......
Sharpening a Shovel or Spade
Digging a hole or splitting snarled roots can be tough work. Make an easier job of it with a sharp shovel. Many people have never even thought about sharpening a shovel, but we guarantee a sharp edge will cut through dirt and plant matter faster than......
Common Beginner Mistake: Only Using a Fine Stone
Common Beginner Sharpening Mistake: Using only a Fine Stone We work with beginning sharpeners on a daily basis. The most common mistake beginners tend to make is skipping the coarse grits and going straight to fine grits. Fine grits sharpen man......
Understanding Honing Compound
What is honing compound? Honing compound is extremely fine abrasive used in the final polishing stages of sharpening. These abrasives are sometimes loose, but are usually held in a medium like a wax bar, a paste or a spray. The particles in our s......
Understanding Strops
What is a strop? A strop is a surface that is used after the finest stone for the final stage of sharpening. The function of a strop is to polish the edge and work off any burr left behind by sharpening stones. Although other materials are used, s......
Should I Use My Sharpening Stones Wet or Dry?
Which is better, wet or dry sharpening? Or, put another way, "Do I need to use water/oil with my sharpening stones?" This is a question that comes up regularly here at Sharpening Supplies. Conventional wisdom says that using water or oil with a sh......
Maintaining an Angle
Other than constant practice, how do you maintain a consistent angle while sharpening a knife or tool? Almost daily, sharpeners ask us what they can do to keep their knife or tool at a constant angle as they sharpen it. This is probably the most com......
Guided Knife Sharpening System Features
Which Guided Knife Sharpening System should I get? At Sharpening Supplies, we offer guided knife sharpening systems from three manufacturers: DMT, Lansky and Gatco. Each company's system offers different features and options, and all are availabl......
Guided Knife Sharpening System Angles
What angles can I sharpen to with each Guided Sharpening System? At Sharpening Supplies, we carry guided knife sharpening systems from three manufacturers: DMT, Lansky and Gatco. While similar, there are differences in the capabilities of each. Th......
Using the Naniwa Japanese Sharpening Guide
How do I use the Naniwa Japanese Knife Sharpening Guide? Most knife sharpeners find maintaining a consistent angle to be the hardest part of putting a good edge on their knives. The Naniwa Japanese Knife Sharpening Guide is a simple, easy to use gui......
Comparing Mounted Leather Strops
What are the differences between the various mounted strops? We offer several models of mounted strops. They are available in large and small sizes, hand-held and bench-mounted, as well as a variety of other options. We put together this article t......
Which Work Sharp Sharpener Should I get?
What's the difference between the three Work Sharp Power Sharpeners? Work Sharp now has three power sharpeners to choose from, the original Work Sharp Knife Sharpener, The Ken Onion Edition Work Sharp Knife Sharpener, and now the Work Sharp Combo......
Introduction to Sharpening Basics
Sharpening knives and tools can be complex sometimes even if it is, theoretically, a simple process. The variety of stones and different systems alone are enough to confuse even the experienced sharpener, let alone the novice. Add to that the diff......
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