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Discussion in 'Buck Knives' started by JOE NOWICKI, Jun 3, 2020.



    Dec 19, 2018
    I was checking out the KME sharpener but it is not cheap. It seems that it will put an even angle on both sides and that is what I'm looking for. I am looking for a sharpener to put an exact angle on both sides of the blade. I am hesitant to put out that amount of money and find out I don't care for it. I had a few knives sent to Buck for the spa treatment and one was a full damascus blade and they took nearly 1/8 of material off just sharpening.
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  2. Badhammer


    Jun 8, 2009
    I own and use the following sharpeners:

    Lansky diamond system.
    Spyderco Sharpmaker.
    Buck Tri-Stone sharpener
    Wicked edge sharpening systems
    Various whet stones

    After several decades of use I find that I go to the Sharpmaker 99% of the time. I keep it set up on the kitchen counter and it does a great job touching up my kitchen cutlery and my EDC blades. Normally just a few swipes and I’m good to go. Now bear in mind I tend to keep my blades sharp and seldom do I work one to the point that it’s actually dull.

    When I do have a blade that has gotten dull, taken some edge damage or perhaps I’ve decided it need reprofilied I use the Wicked Edge or perhaps the Lansky.

    if I had to narrow it down to just one system I’d go with the Sharpmaker though I’d add a set of the Diamond sticks and the ultra fine stones. If you strop you could forgo the UF stones though I fond it’s easier to just stick in the UF stones than get out my strops and compounds. HTH.
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    Dec 19, 2018
    @Badhammer what do you estimate that you have invested in knife sharpening systems?
  4. 300Bucks

    300Bucks Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 19, 2005
    I am like Badhammer, I think I have tried them all. My friend David Martin will only vote for a nice large bench stone(s) in several grits and types. And that is what I started with and could do well enough for my Scout knives. I have a worksharp and haven't used it in years. I kept gouging the blade lip at the bolster. I did better when took the guides off and just used the belts out in the open. I bought some of the polishing belts and could see myself in the blade angle. But I must confess, I seldom sharpen or repair really bad edges. I have enough carry knives for two people so I just use a 4 rod crock stick set-up to keep my 303's and small Vantages shaving hair. I have a couple of sharp hunting knives but am not sure I will ever get to draw blood from a deer or elk again. For birds a good shears and a small pocket sized knife is all I need. I will say to David that using a crock stick well takes some skill also.

    To answer Joe, too much.
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  5. Old Biker

    Old Biker

    Sep 25, 2016
    If you want a guided system that is cheap. Go to amazon and search for fixed angle sharpener kit. You will find edge pro apex style systems, sold under several different brand names, ranging in price from $25 to $50. I guess you could use the stones that come with it; but I would go to chefs knives to go, and buy his diamond plates for edge pro in 140, 400, and 1000 grit. Because it is an edge pro style system, there are many stone options available. The angle is adjustable for around 10° per side to over 40° per side.

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  6. PirateSeulb


    Jun 6, 2017
    If you want something like the KME but for less I would look at the Lansky system but depending on the type of knives and steels you may want/need to go for the diamond stones.
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  7. Jeff of the North

    Jeff of the North Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Feb 22, 2020
    I am very happy with the results that I get with the Lansky and medium/fine diamond stones on my Buck 420HC steel.
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  8. eveled

    eveled Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 11, 2016

    I love these. Coarse side and a smooth side. It pulls apart and stores in the handle.

    The large handle keeps your hand safe from getting sliced.
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  9. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    I have some dmt ones sort of like this. very useful for field carry.
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  10. Badhammer


    Jun 8, 2009
    No idea really. All were bought years if not decades ago. I’m pretty sure the Wicked Edge is much, much more expensive than when I bought mine which is the base unit they sold at that time. Wild guess I’d say $400 or there about. Might be quite a bit more if I bought them all today.
  11. Kansaswoodguy


    Feb 17, 2016
    I prefer the DMT diamond stones myself I've had a set of the 2x6 for IDK 25 years and they are still going strong. Only thing about stones is there is more skill involved and that takes time and practice to become proficient.
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  12. MolokaiRider

    MolokaiRider Gold Member Gold Member

    Sep 13, 2017
    DMT diafold
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  13. colin.p


    Feb 4, 2017
    I typically use a Lansky Turnbox and it does a stellar job. I wanted to get the Sharpmaker, but I would have had to buy it online and I hate to use a credit card if I can avoid it. The TB was less than 1/2 price of the SM anyway, and works in a similar fashion. I use it on my folders to keep them in sharp condition, along with a homemade strop made out of a belt and paint stir stick.

    However, I also picked up an original WSKTS (on sale and at least half the price of the KO edition) to sharpen my dollar store kitchen knives and it really gets them sharp and I can do a dozen in minutes rather than hours. I sacrificed a knife to get the hang of it and now do a fairly decent job. It takes time and religiously following the instructions and I haven't lost a knife yet.

    I will say though that the guides are definitely a hindrance, so I just free-hand on the WSKTS and I have gotten pretty good at it. I would ALMOST use it to sharpen my more dear knives if I had to.;)
  14. David Martin

    David Martin Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Joe, if hand & eye coordination is a challenge then go with a guided system, spend the money and enjoy it.
    The most economical is sharpening w/ hand stones. Norton's IB-8 stone, a coarse / fine cryostolon can be delivered to your door for 35$ and will last a life time. But you'll have a learning curve. Good luck, DM
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  15. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    that Norton comes pre oiled doesnt it, Sir? in other words one can use it dry, i mean, without adding oil to it? it can handle s30v and other more wear resistant steels?
  16. David Martin

    David Martin Moderator Moderator Gold Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    It may. I've seen it both ways. DM
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  17. 110 Dave

    110 Dave Gold Member Gold Member

    May 6, 2004
    I do woodworking as a hobby other than collecting knives and when would workers need to sharpen planes for for setting their wood or other things many many of them use wet dry find auto sandpaper on plate glass that way they constantly have fresh abrasive they control the grid grit
    and there are little rollers that you can attach a knife to that a whole the angel but I found just using my finger on the glass and keeping the edge on the sandpaper I can get it sharp enough to sliced tomato and read the paper through it ...
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  18. RevolverGuy


    Aug 19, 2015
    I own a Ken Onion Worksharp but it takes off a lot of metal, which is a downside on using belt sharpeners. Most of my pocket knives get sharpened on an Arkansas stone covered in light mineral oil. Then polished on a leather strop. It's hand work and can be a little more time consuming, but if you really like knives you'll find that sharpening the old school way relaxes your mind. I can do this for hours and never get bored.
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  19. Makael

    Makael KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Platinum Member

    Oct 17, 2015
    All Buck.

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  20. jbmonkey

    jbmonkey Platinum Member Platinum Member

    Jun 9, 2011
    has anyone tried the Buck diamond benchstones? I'm tempted to try them out. prefer a bit coarser version though than the 325 grit.
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