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what would be a great knife sharpener that really works??? preferably hand, but I guess electric would be ok?? thanks!!
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   JB
Check out the sharpener by Work Sharp. It is a belt style sharpener and works incredibly. It will sharpen anything from a shovel to scissors to a knife. They are $70 and I know 10-12 people with them and they all wish they would have bought their's sooner.
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   bullcoon
I use a dexter to get the angle on the edge then polish up with a diamond rod...If you constantly use the blade cutter thats what you gunna do,,,cut down your blade...Long as it takes the rod your knife will last longer...
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In the restaurants we use a simple hand held one made by a company called FMP. After that we use a device called a 'steel'. It's a metal textured rod. Thats what we use for cooking and boning knives. For my pocket knives I use the ceramic rod style sharpener.
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   JB
Sharpening a knife is all about blade angle. Personally, I cannot use a stone or rod because I cannot keep the same angle consistently. The sharpener by Work Sharp allows you to keep the same angle while sharpening whatever you are trying to sharpen. I have seen die-hard steel/rod guys switch to the Work Sharp because it works so much better while not removing too much of the blade.
The only down side is it is electric.
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Here what we use. Mine is fmp brand. Any brand will work. http://youtu.be/f_KuNcFykFc
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   PaleRider
If you have trouble using the right angle a Lanky sharpener works great. If you know how or want to learn how to sharpen a knife the old fashioned way, it's not that hard, buy a Norton India oil stone, two sided. Ceramic rods and steels are not made to sharpen a dull knife. They are made to straighten the edge on a blade and remove any micro burs. To sharpen a dull knife you need to remove metal. Start on a rough stone a work your way down to a fine stone. I have a process I use and depending on how sharp I want it I'll go all the way down to a strop. If you use the two sided stone hit it on a steel or ceramic rod after or even the bottom of a coffee mug. For broad heads I hit it on a strop to finish along with my every day carry knives. I can circumcise a gnat!
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