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    Spyderco Sharpmaker Question

    When using the Sharpmaker to sharpen a Victorinox (Cadet, Executive, Spartin), which angle should be used?
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    Hi nascar!


    Victorinox uses a very soft 'secret' steel on their blades, whatever model, except only for the new (and very few) Damascus ones.

    It means they're really easy to sharpen on the SharpMaker, but they won't hold an edge for a long while.

    So your best bet with a Victorinox SAK + SharpMaker is the 40 degrees angle.

    It will give you a very nice working edge that will last way more than the 30 degrees angle edge.
    Stay Sharp!

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    40 degrees inclusive works very well...

    They take to a strop very well too...

    It doesn't take very much to bring the edge back on them. The steel they use isn't that hard.
    Jason

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    What are you using it to do? If you're peeling and coring veggies and such, I'll go against the majority and say the 15 degree per side slot. Of course my grandmother would use paring knives to chip holes in the bottom of flower pots, so again, we'll need to know how you use the knives.

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    30 degrees will be sharper

    40 degrees will stay sharp longer

    both will be sharp

    based on the common uses of a SAK, anything and everything, most would probably say 40
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    I do 40 for my cadet i carry...

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    Thanks everyone. I have a Cadet on the way, so I wanted to know. I'll go with the 40-degree setting. I have to get a small strop and learn how to use it.
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    Can anyone recommended a good portable sharpening stone and strop that I can take on the go? Maybe a stone that is course on one side and fine on the other and a strop that's 6 or 8 inches? I don't want to the the AM while I am on the road.
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    The double stuff could be a good option for a stone.

    http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=87
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    Quote Originally Posted by bearfacedkiller View Post
    The double stuff could be a good option for a stone.

    http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=87
    And, you can use its storage case for a strop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearfacedkiller View Post
    The double stuff could be a good option for a stone.

    http://www.spyderco.com/catalog/details.php?product=87
    Thx. I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattman View Post
    And, you can use its storage case for a strop.
    Seriously I can do that? That would be great.
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    Might not be the best thing to learn on, but can perform the job in the field sufficiently.

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    Hell to All,

    I convexed the blade on my Alox SAK (mouse pad + carbide abrasive paper) : I then use the 40 degree slots on the Sharpmaker to put the working edge on.

    As has been pointed out in previous posts, the edge holding on these SAKs is not stellar, but with the Sharpmaker it, is a doddle to bring the edgeback

    Have fun

    best regards

    Russ

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