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Knives and sharpening systems

I am tired of dealing with poor knives and sharpening systems. I have a GATCO diamond sharpening system but don't know what angles to sharpen the knives at it doesn't sharpen the knives well at all ( might be operator error). I need suggestions on decent priced skinning knives, meat cutting knives ( I use a fillet knife) and their preference of simple sharpening system.

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Re: Knives and sharpening systems

Rather than do this all over again it would be faster to read this.

There is a link there in my post that will help.

Sorry to say this but I think the problem with your system might be the operator.

The choice of angles also make a big difference in how long a blade will hold an edge.

As to manufacturer--it depends a little bit of what you want--if you want pretty thats one thing, if you want functional that is another.

For function it is hard to beat good old steel--it will take an excellent edge quickly, and is easily maintained.

A good place to start your selection can be found here.

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Re: Knives and sharpening systems

I have a big fan of the lansky. It might take a while at first to get the angle right, but once you have the edge on it, it does not take long to keep it like a razor blade

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Re: Knives and sharpening systems

Hands down the best skinning knife Ive used is the Gerber Profile with Gator grip. Very sharp and easy to sharpen. Holds and edge well too and its very affordable. JMO

http://www.knivesplus.com/gerberknifegb-1795.html

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I only use the porcelain side the carbide side will destroy the factory edge. A few swipes across the rods and its ready to shave. I think these are only like $4

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Re: Knives and sharpening systems

I use a Lansky knife sharpener, works great too! It has the angles stamped into the knife holder. My wife will not let me sharpen her kitchen knives, she says they are just too sharp!

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Benchmade are expensive but high quality and solid company. Blade steel makes the difference, some sharpen easy, some not so easy-but hold the edge longer.
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lansky can make just about any knife a razor blade.

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Re: Knives and sharpening systems

I do it the old way, a good arkansas stone and a leather strap. Must be doing it right, everyone at camp says "do me a favor sharpen my knife"

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i can put a pretty good edge on with the arkansas stone but im nowhere near good enough to get it Lansky sharp.

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Have one of these for about 20 years. Use on all my fillet & hunting knives.


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