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    Spyderco Forum Registered User So-Lo's Avatar
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    How I Freehand Sharpen (the video series)

    We all love Spyderco for their knives, but lets not forget what they started out doing!

    Here's how I get my knives hair whittling sharp, with a bunch of help from Spyderco's profile set and their 306UF benchstone.


    (Please select the HD setting on each video, click that 360 button on the lower right and select the 720HD to view in HD )

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    I start near the scale and alternate sides.
    Takes even longer..........

    More S90v & CF please.......

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    Impressive videos. You do very well.
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    Nice vid's, thanks

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    Great videos, thanks for taking the time. Can't believe I just watched 40 minutes of sharpening, but it was enjoyable. Subscribed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by So-Lo View Post
    We all love Spyderco for their knives, but lets not forget what they started out doing!

    Here's how I get my knives hair whittling sharp, with a bunch of help from Spyderco's profile set and their 306UF benchstone.


    (Please select the HD setting on each video, click that 360 button on the lower right and select the 720HD to view in HD )

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    Excellent Job!
    Do you have a specific reason to use those rods instead of benchstones (waterstones or ceramic). I have been trying to get similiar results on the sharpmaker, I have the diamond rods and the ultra fine rods but don't get even close. Can barely shave! Maybe I should start free hand sharpening?!
    Hope you still have this account!
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    That's really a great job. I wish I could do that by hand. SoLo you really need to school us (really just me) on how you keep the angle so consistant.

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    Just curious, what size is your Dia Sharp plate?

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    I am sorry for bringing back an old topic but I was just curious to what brand of strop block you are using? I ask because I have been looking for one to get for Christmas and was just curious about the one you use and if anyone has some opinions they would like to share.

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    Quote Originally Posted by czechinthepipes View Post
    I am sorry for bringing back an old topic but I was just curious to what brand of strop block you are using? I ask because I have been looking for one to get for Christmas and was just curious about the one you use and if anyone has some opinions they would like to share.
    We don't mind you bumping this thread

    Here is the one I use (click me) It's perfect and will last a lifetime. when it gets loaded, just rub a light coat of olive oil on it and let it dry a few hours and she will have a brand new service on the top. I use mine almost everyday and have only resurfaced it two times in the past two years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by So-Lo View Post
    We don't mind you bumping this thread

    Here is the one I use (click me) It's perfect and will last a lifetime. when it gets loaded, just rub a light coat of olive oil on it and let it dry a few hours and she will have a brand new service on the top. I use mine almost everyday and have only resurfaced it two times in the past two years.
    oh very cool, I was thinking about that one in particular. Thanks for the advice, I will keep the olive oil in mind. Is there anything you should do each time after using it?

    _Edit: Just wanted to add that your videos are amazing; I got so wrapped up in the strop block I forgot to mention and thank you for such a great tutorial. I am still far from being comfortable enough to try freehand as I am always nervous when I use my lansky diamond stones kit.
    Last edited by czechinthepipes; 12-10-2010 at 01:55 AM.

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    Thanks for bumping

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    Sweat video and awesome results!

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    Once again sorry for bumping but, I just wanted to mention that I just bought that strop you mentioned. Hopefully it will make my knives even sharper; thanks again.
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    Thanks for bumping this thread . This is a great video series. Good job
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    This thread has helped me a lot with my freehand work. I still use the sharpmaker for my bevel.
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