Knife & Tool Sharpening

Sharpening Edge Trailing vs Sharpening Edge Leading

Posted by Kristie French on

Sharpening Edge Trailing vs Sharpening Edge Leading
When I first learned how to sharpen a knife it was edge trailing.  This is the way I’ve grown most comfortable sharpening and I can explain the benefits to sharpening this way.  I have also learned why some people prefer sharpening edge leading and I’ll explain what the differences are. 

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Sharpening, Honing and Stropping

Posted by Kristie French on

Sharpening, Honing and Stropping
You may hear the words: “honing”, “stropping” or “sharpening” used almost interchangeably, but what is the difference between honing and sharpening?  What about honing and stropping?

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Leather Stropping in Knife Sharpening

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Leather Stropping in Knife Sharpening
But why is stropping an important part of knife sharpening? While stropping alone doesn’t sharpen, it does refine and complete a sharp edge.  Stropping is important for your blade for many reasons; it realigns the edge, burnishes, and abrades. 

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Finding the Correct Angle for Knife Sharpening

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Finding the Correct Angle for Knife Sharpening
When sharpening a knife or similar tool on a 1x30 belt sander, using the correct angle is a key factor to the outcome and functionality of the blade or tool’s edge.  You may be wondering what sharpening angle is ideal for your project and we’re here to help you decide.  

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Knife Sharpening Under the Microscope

Posted by Jesse Craddock on

Knife Sharpening Under the Microscope

There's a reason we call it a Super Strop. 

The knife's edge was marked so the same section of blade is in each of the preceding photos. 2-4 Passes were made on either side of the blade for each belt and photographed directly after. These results are 100% accurately represented. I sharpened this knife on a Harbor Freight 1x30 Belt Sander using our 1X30 Super Strop with 4 Pack Assorted Belt. Pictured Below

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