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    cheap sharpening for byrd hawkbill

    I am trying to spruce up my hawkbills edge before turkey season. It stands to reason if I bought a 20 dollar byrd knife I am not going to go spend 60 on a sharpener. I have a lansky system with 3 stones that works ok for my plain edge knives. Are there any cheap ways to sharpen the curved serrated blade, as in less than the price of buying a new knife. I was thinking a welding rod would fit the larger serrations nicely.

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    DMT Diafold Serrated is $23 on Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/DMT-FSKF-Diafo...nife+sharpener. A Smith's pocket pal with a similar tapered rod is 9 bucks and change - http://www.amazon.com/Smiths-PP1-Poc..._bxgy_hi_img_z.

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    Don't most lansky systems come with a triangle shaped stone? You might be able to get that to work.
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    I have a Byrd hawkbill.

    First off you don't sharpen the ground side, you sharpen the flat side. I do so on a sharpmaker rod and then remove the burr (formed on the ground side) on my buffing wheel. You could use the quartz-ceramic rod out of a burned out high pressure sodium buld or even sand paper around a dowel rod.

    I find it one of the easiest knives to sharpen, all in all takes 5 minutes of work to bring it back to shaving from pretty much blunt since you only have to work on the one side and don't have to worry about maintaining any specific angle.

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    The lansky system i have only has 3 stones for flat blades the triangle stones are available. I dont really care for the lansky because it reprofiles at an arbitrary angle rather than just touching up the factory geometry. And takes off alot of steel. This is probably picky for someone who was gonna sharpen with a fluxcore rod.
    If i only sharpen the flat side Im changing it from a chisel grind to one ground on both sides correct?

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    No, just sharpen it like a PE chisel grind (or a scandi grind), without changing the bevel any but then instead of flipping it over and doing the ground side you just make a few passes on a buffing wheel and your done. Really man trying to file each individual serration is the wrong way to go about it and about 300% more work.

    Check out this thread of BFC, specifically post #11 by knifenut1013

    http://www.bladeforums.com/forums/sh...ning-SE-blades

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    I get what you are saying after reading that. I think I am over thinking it. http://www.amazon.com/Lansky-Spyder-...=lansky+spyder I found this too. This knife stayed sharp for a long time, its been a good one for me..

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    It has been a long time since my first real inexpensive sharpener, but the Kershaw 2535 Ultra-tek worked really well for me for quite a few years before I lost it. Tapered edges for the serrations, and a wide oval top for the hawkbill. Great 600 grit diamond sharpener for $25 and very portable also.

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    Really if you think about how long you will have the sharpmaker, $60 is a tiny investment and well worth the cash.
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    I use this one sometimes for light touch ups it works https://lansky.com/index.php/products/spyder-sharpener/
    But I love my sharpmaker it is worth the money
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    The cheapest way ever would be find a ceramic mug and turn it over see if theres a sharpish ceramic surface on the bottom of the rims, theres your free sharp maker. Alternatively if your bored in your car roll down the window and touch it up on the upper side of the glass, same rough ceramic surface, also it's curved out so it should sharpen your hawkbob no prob, now it's not as course so you be patient if it's very dull.
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