This is intended to help you get started sharpening knives on a 1X30 belt sander, such as the popular Harbor Freight 1X30 Belt Sander. Most of the information below can also be applied to other belt sanding machines.
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.
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.