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#1 posted 01-13-2011 10:35 PM

Any method that will get your blades sharp is the BEST way to sharpen them!

that said when I hear “sharpening” I think of 2 stages:

1. Grinding/Shaping – resetting bevels and flatenning backs. This is usually done with coarse grits in the 100-400 range. trying to accomplish this with honing stones set in the 1000+ grit will help discouraging you from ever trying to sharpen anything.

2. Honing – polishing the already sharp/shaped edges (bevel side, and back side). this is done with high grits 1000+. the higher you step those up, the finer the edge will get.

Both steps can be done using a honing jig – I’ve done it when I started and it works great.

That said, I now grind/shape my bevels using a grinder (slow-wet) which leaves a slight hollow grind on the bevel which makes it easy to hone and do touchups to the blade freehand later on. Is IS also possible to freehand without a hollow grind if you just understand the concept and practice – it’s not THAT bad.

BUT, there is also nothing wrong with using jigs. as mentioned – it’s a foolproof system to get consistent bevels time and time again.

As long as you get a sharp tool, it really makes little difference how you got there. it boils down to personal preference nothing more.

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