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    Sharpening a Military

    Was sharpening my new Military with my Sharpmaker last night. I know I was pressing too hard, because I was in a hurry, but it seemed to be rolling the edge really bad. I was using the 40 degree section of the Sharpmaker, should I have just used the 30 degree section?

    I've been using only the 40 degree section to sharpen my former EDC knife, a SERE 2000, but it comes with a 40 degree edge.

    I'm starting to think that the Military comes with a 30 degree edge?

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    If you are pressing hard at an angle above the bevel set angle it is very likely the edge will deform on the sharpmaker rods. It is unlikely the edge is exactly at 15 dps, however they can be under 20 dps frequently. I have even seen them under 15 dps on occasion.

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    The Militaries and Para-militaries that I've had have usually come with an edge that's a little more than 30 and less than 40. A few passes on the sharpmaker at 20dps should give you a 40 micro-bevel that is plenty sharp.

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    OK I get it now, I think: The angle is about 30 degrees, and when I sharpened it at 20 degrees it was only removing material from the very edge?

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    Make sure you take your time with a knife that's new to the sharpener, or if the sharpener is new to you. Take a sharpie and color the edge so you can actually see where you're hitting the stones, then adjust your angle accordingly.
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    Yep, the sharpy trick works wonders
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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthewSB View Post
    OK I get it now, I think: The angle is about 30 degrees, and when I sharpened it at 20 degrees it was only removing material from the very edge?
    basically, this is how many people touch up their knives, as it takes little work to hone the very edge.

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    Thanks for the help guys, I got it! Both my Military and my Para2 now have great edges again, and I was able to clean up most of the machining marks that the knives came with.

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