Knife & Tool Sharpening — Sharpening Blog

Tips for Using the 8" Leather Honing Wheel

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Tips for Using the 8" Leather Honing Wheel

How to use an 8" Leather Honing Wheel (also applies to our 5", 6", and 6.5" Leather Honing Wheels.) Safety First! -Always wear ANSI rated Eye Protection. Secure hair and loose clothing. Follow all safety instructions on your grinder.   -Always hone edge trailing. NEVER point the edge of the blade into a moving wheel. Installation:  We recommend setting your grinder up so the top of your wheel spins away from you. You will also want to remove or adjust any guards that will interfere with accessing the wheel. The leather wheel will run open like a buffing wheel. Secure your...

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A Beginner's Guide to Knife Sharpening

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A Beginner's Guide to Knife Sharpening
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. 

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What is a leather wheel used for?

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What is a leather wheel used for?
Much like our Leather Super Strop Honing Belts, our Leather Honing Wheels combine the effective stropping ability of our vegetable tanned leather and the speed of modern machinery. This makes finishing a sharpening or polishing job much faster and easier.  

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Sharpening Edge Trailing vs Sharpening Edge Leading

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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

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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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