Electric knife sharpener????

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  1. joseph

    joseph Well-Known Member

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  2. albertakid

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    Yeah I just got one after looking at them for about a year and a half best sharpening system I have ever seen.

    I was skeptical I have been sharpening my knives by hand ever since my dad taught me how when I was eight or so and have tried a few of the other so called sharpeners and they were terrible.

    The Work Sharp is by far the easiest and best one I have ever seen if your knife already has a bevel that is close to the guides you can make them shaving sharp in a few minutes. I sharpened all my hunting knives, my wifes kitchen knives and my pocket knives in less than 30 minutes and you can literally shave hair with everyone of them.

    I am a general contractor by trade and appreciate commercial grade tools I was pretty skeptical of all the plastic on this one, but it works awesome. Hope that helps

    Jordan
     

  3. Nimrodmar10

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    It's a belt sander. I would no more use this on one of my good knives than I would sharpen them on a piece of sand paper. Get a good hard Arkansas stone and learn to use it before you ruin a good knife.
     
  4. SidecarFlip

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    I've had one for my utility knives but I still prefer the Gatco for the ones I sharpen. I don't sharpen many anymore. I got a Havalon (Len sells them on this site in his store BTW).

    The Havalon is stupid sharp, it's a scapel. You can't shave your arm with it because it will take off a layer of skin at the same time....

    Best part is, its inexpensive and when the blade gets dull, you take it off and replace it with a new stupid sharp one again...........

    The Havalon people (in Cincinatti, Ohio) make scapels for the taxidermy, veternary and medical professions btw.

    Best skinning ,deboning knife made, just be careful not to cut a finger off, it's that sharp.....
     
  5. albertakid

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    I have used a wheel sharpening system on leather knives and can tell you that you would have to be dense to ruin a knife with the work sharp and the honing belts if you have a lick of common sense you can get about any knife shaving sharp. I dont own any knives i dont use so i guess I see it as a good tune up tool that saves me time. I know how to use a good stone don't always have the time.
     
  6. WildRose

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    I'm a gun and knife guy. I'm really a knife guy at heart and always have been. The thought of using such a contraption on a good blade makes me cringe and shudder.

    Not everyone has the knack for knife sharpening and for those that don't here's a far better solution.

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gIXDimYer9U"]Gerber Ceramic Pocket Knife Sharpener 04307 - YouTube[/ame]



    Just keep it clean and you can sharpen a hundred knives on it before replacing it for yet another 3.00.
     
  7. SidecarFlip

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    I wonder if the Navy Seals carry one. They use Gerber Knives so I've been told. H&K rifles as well.
     
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    Seals operate much like we did/do. They carry what works best for them. I usually carried a knife sharpening diamond honing steel since it worked well and also is a very lethal weapon when needed. Usually though you don't worry about such things because most op's are not going to keep you out of in the field for very long at a time and things like sharpening knives is done in the barracks/base camp. Gerber and Shrade also used to make some very high quality flat steels that fit in a compartment on the knife sheath which were very practical.

    When it comes to specialized gear like that pretty much everyone just furnishes their own.
     
  9. SidecarFlip

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    I read 'No Easy Day' btw. Quite enlightening. Despite all the hoopla about divulged secrets, I didn't see any.........

    I'm suprised they don't carry Havalon's.
     
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    If you want to get a window into the world of our Spec Op's community and the caliber of people involved watch "Act of Valor" and read "American Sniper". In addition to "No Easy Day" they are great works.
     
  11. joseph

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    I've watched a buddy of mine try to gut, skin and debone a whitetail deer with his Havalon. It constantly got clogged with hair and especially fat. Half the time he needed another knife to unclog the fat which got into the slot where you change the blades and inside the folding handle. We both gave it a thumbs down.

    This is what I use to process my deer. I use a 10" steel to keep it razor sharp while deboning which only took me 15 minutes on the third deer I did. I got better and faster after each deer. :)

    joseph

    PS: This is where I got them:

    http://www.cabelas.com/product/Camp...399040898&WTz_l=PPC;cat104238180#BVRRWidgetID

    http://www.meltontackle.com/products/forschner-6-semi-stiff-knife.html
     

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  12. SidecarFlip

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    The drawback to a Havalon at least for me is the blade isn't at all flexible, it breaks. Other than that, I've had no issues to speak of. I wonder if yoyr associate's blade was dull. Mine goes through everything (except bone of course) like butter, so long as the blade is new.

    I still pack a ripping (saw) knife and a small hatchet for the Pelvic bone....

    The Havalon is still better (and sharper) that a conventional knife comparing apples to apples and I always have my trusty Case folder in a pocket. It's so old that the blade is getting concave from stoning.
     
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    I used to use a saw to cut through the bones. Now I use pruning shears to cut through the legs, pubic bone and even the breast bone. Snip snip and you are done!!!!

    joseph
     
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    Here is how a butcher does it. I follow his system using the hook & the knife which works very well. :):):):)

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xijmge8_NJw]Cut Deer 8 minutes Heid Wild Game, Bone.MOV - YouTube[/ame]

    joseph