Share your unconventional sharpening methods

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  1. the_dude

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    I dont own specific sharpening tools. I typically whatever is lying around.

    Sharpened the knife on the left, with the spine of the knife on the right. Butter knife to scalpel in less than a minute.

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    What are your unconventional sharpening methods?
     
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    Ceramic coffee mug turned upside down.
     
  3. Jim L.

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    You reminded me of an old "joke" used in old movies (prior to 1960's) and even cartoons (ex. Wyl E. Coyote) when a character was about to prepare to make or consume a luscious meal, they would begin by "scraping" the fork and knife together showng anticipation of the feast.

    This of coarse was sharpening the knife.
     
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    Not really unconventional but I "strop" my edge on cardboard whenever I cut up boxes.
     
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    Back in junior high I sharpened a guys butterfly knife on the mettle edge of the science room table. I have a broken plate that I took the glaze off and flattened with a diamond stone that works great for the final edge. A big chrome screwdriver works a treat as a steel. tooth paste on cardboard makes a good polish strop..........
     
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    Stroppig the blade against any steel available long as it was smooth will often be enough to finish a job.
    another knife ,
    fork,
    stove pipe,
    pots and pans, any thing hard and smooth .
     
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    The edge of a car window comes to mind.
     
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    Looks like the only unconventional sharpening method is using an Arkansas whet stone.
     
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    Touch up strop-type work with corrugated box cardboard is common enough that I'm not sure it qualifies as unconventional. At least it was in the circles I was in growing up in the Missouri and Arkansas Ozarks 35-40 years ago. Folks I've talked to from other places never heard of it, though, so I'll mention it.

    I've seen it work quite well. For other people, anyway. I've never been able to make it work for me.
     
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    I use the harder board of writing tablet backers, inside of cereal/cracker boxes, as the corrugated rolls around the edge and dulls it, but this is as a strop with red rouge for polished edge. I use a very large diameter titanium bolt shank or steel or brass rod, or raised edge of stainless kitchen sink, to straighten any dented/burred edges before ever considering a stone. Most times, a stone not needed, not on conventional steels...modern chip-o-matic powdered/particle fused stuff a different critter, and then I want thick edged thicker bladed S35VN or 3V...

    Crudest and strangest of all, I also use rocks, but cut into handy flat sided rectangles, and am suprised nobody has thought of this before.
     
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    When I was a laborer I would strop my work knife on my dirty pant leg. The dirtier and muddier the better. It would actually work fairly well.
     
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    I've used cement porch steps and bricks before on more than one occasion. I frequently strop on the leather heel box of my boot.
     
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    I have a couple of pocket honing steels that I made out of old injection mold ejector pins.
    I'm not sure of the material but it's most likely M2 or H13 steel at 60-62 RC.

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    Sometimes I just mail something to Benchmade, and bam, sharp as heck.
     
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    I do this a lot, specifically at work.
     
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    Chinese cardboard cuts faster (more grit).
     
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    This is the ceramic element out of a streetlight. Most of my coats have at least one, and I have them stashed in every vehicle. You can see that they are small, so mainly used for touch-ups
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    I cant even.....HOW all yall manage to get an edge using a wool blanket and a bloody hairbrush makes no sense! and im wearing diamond stones away day by day just polishing bevels.....crimony idk what im doing wrong!
     
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    My teeth.

    If I want a toothy edge, I just sharpen it up with my teeth!

    After my wife hasn't shaved her legs in a few days, I just strop my knife on her shins. That leg hair can cut anything!
     
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    I'm thinking about having that line done up as a neck tattoo.
     
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    I keep a Schrade steel/prybar in my desk at work for quick touch ups.

    Larry
     
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    When I was a kid one common idea was to sharpen scissors by using them like you were trying to cut a straight sided soda bottle (not Coke). I have a few times used a bottle as a sharpening steel.
     
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    :18::18::18:
     
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    One of my favorite ways at work to restore a dull edge is to rub some dirt into the thigh of my pants and strop away. It'll bring a knife back to shaving in 2 minutes. If the edge is really bad I'll get a smooth rock and sharpen it like you would an axe with a puck.
     
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    Are you bloody serious??
     
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    100% serious! Give it a try sometime when you find your knife getting dull, it takes a bit of practice but it'll make a big difference when you need a sharp knife
     
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    In one of my Bobcat Marble's boxes there is a card explaining how to strop the knife on the thigh of your britches. It bloody well works!
     
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    I have been using this as of late.
    Can find them on the fly..............


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    speaking about using your pant leg to strop a knife I saw on you tube where you take your 3-4-5 bladed shaving razor get a piece of cotton dungaree jeans about a foot long 12 inches wide fold it in half long ways and push the razor forward the length of the piece 10 times. you can see where it polishes the blade and they last longer
     
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    I was working on a co-workers blade with only one stone I had with me at the time but the edge was so bad I couldn’t get it properly sharp in a reasonable amount of time. So I dug around and found a ceramic tile with a nice coarse back and used that to reset the bevel.
     
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    Strop it on my leather belt.
    Old school Barbers trick.
     
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    Whatever works ...

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