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    Hey everyone,
    I want to buy a cheap and easy to use sharpening system for my leatherman surge,and my folding knives,I am not know how to sharpen,so I need a easy to use sharpening kit.
    I saw this sharpening kits,that look nice and easy to use:

    1.http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-IN-1-SHARP...item35b9ecd89d + http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-oz-BOTTLE-...item35b9cfe592

    2.http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-STONE-SHAR...item58926a4cf0


    3.http://www.ebay.com/itm/POCKET-PAL-M...item35b9ecba00

    4.http://www.ebay.com/itm/6-DUAL-GRIT-...item4ab233be25 + http://www.ebay.com/itm/NATHANS-NATU...item4ab295b347

    so which sharpener kit is better?
    thanks advance =)
    Last edited by MT7; 04-02-2012 at 05:58 AM.

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    Default Re: Need help to choose a good sharpener-PLEASE!

    Not sure what kind of folding knives you have but the 3-IN-1 sharpener would be a more flexible option as it offers different types of sharpening tools.
    Can't say anything on the quality of the sharpeners you listed based on direct experience though.

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    Hi MT7.

    I have the Smiths Pocket Pal and it's pretty good, however, for some serious sharpening, I always use the Lansky Diamond Knife Sharpening System like this one:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lansky-Diamo...ht_2549wt_3345.

    I also added this to the set for that special final touch http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lansky-Super...ht_3291wt_1277.

    Hope this helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Labrador72 View Post
    Not sure what kind of folding knives you have but the 3-IN-1 sharpener would be a more flexible option as it offers different types of sharpening tools.
    Can't say anything on the quality of the sharpeners you listed based on direct experience though.
    ok,thanks.

    Quote Originally Posted by bedazzLED View Post
    Hi MT7.

    I have the Smiths Pocket Pal and it's pretty good, however, for some serious sharpening, I always use the Lansky Diamond Knife Sharpening System like this one:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lansky-Diamo...ht_2549wt_3345.

    I also added this to the set for that special final touch http://www.ebay.com/itm/Lansky-Super...ht_3291wt_1277.

    Hope this helps.
    ok,thanks.what do you think about your Pocket Pal sharpener? is it good as a primary sharpener,or is it good only if I have some serious sharpener kit?
    because I am not know how to sharpen,so I am need an easy-to-use sharpener,and I can buy only one sharpener.
    the two kits you give me is nice,but I'm want a cheaper kit,so what do you think about all the other options I gave? what do you think about the 2 stones sharpening kit with bottle of honing solution of smith's sharpeners? about the 3-IN-1 sharpening system of smith's sharpeners? and what do you think about the 6" Dual grit combo stone of Lansky Sharpeners?
    thanks advance.

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    Default Re: Need help to choose a good sharpener-PLEASE!

    Quote Originally Posted by MT7 View Post
    Hey everyone,
    I want to buy a cheap and easy to use sharpening system for my leatherman surge,and my folding knives,I am not know how to sharpen,so I need a easy to use sharpening kit.
    I saw this sharpening kits,that look nice and easy to use:

    so which sharpener kit is better?
    thanks advance =)
    Unfortunately the best thing you can do is to learn to sharpen a knife properly. All of the kits you linked to require some user skill and understanding of creating a good knife edge. You will find lots of excellent tutorials on the internet for sharpening.

    I personally use DMT folding hones and a leather strop to create a convex bevel, but this is quite and advanced technique and takes time to get right.

    For a no-skill-required I have only seen two real contenders:

    Nirey "Professional" Knife Sharpener - KE280

    Furi OZITECH Diamond Fingers Pro Knife Sharpener and Honer

    also worth considering is the Lansky kits which include a clamp on guide and make it easy to get a good edge.

    Both are quite expensive, especially the excellent Nirey machine.

    Being able to sharpen your own knives to a hair-popping razor sharp edge is very satisfying. Have fun learning.
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    I have always struggled to get a good edge on a whetstone, but had almost instant success and superior results with the convex method. Both with sandpaper on a mousepad, and more recently with a belt sander...hair popping sharp in not alot of time.
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    Just subscribed to this thread. Something I will be closely following...My knives are so blunt it wont cut through vegetables atm...

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    Default Re: Need help to choose a good sharpener-PLEASE!

    Quote Originally Posted by notrefined View Post
    I have always struggled to get a good edge on a whetstone, but had almost instant success and superior results with the convex method. Both with sandpaper on a mousepad, and more recently with a belt sander...hair popping sharp in not alot of time.
    A belt sander can result in over heating of the edge and excessive material removal, so be careful, and the sandpaper/mousepad method liable to rounding over the cutting edge or scratching the blade sides.

    I use flat diamond stones to gradually re-profile the edge and remove material just where needed in order to reproduce the ideal convex edge. This way there is no risk of overheating, rounding over the edge or scratching the blade.

    IF I am allowed to recommend another forum, it would be British Blades which has loads of sharpening threads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MT7 View Post
    ok,thanks.

    ok,thanks.what do you think about your Pocket Pal sharpener? is it good as a primary sharpener,or is it good only if I have some serious sharpener kit?
    because I am not know how to sharpen,so I am need an easy-to-use sharpener,and I can buy only one sharpener.
    the two kits you give me is nice,but I'm want a cheaper kit,so what do you think about all the other options I gave? what do you think about the 2 stones sharpening kit with bottle of honing solution of smith's sharpeners? about the 3-IN-1 sharpening system of smith's sharpeners? and what do you think about the 6" Dual grit combo stone of Lansky Sharpeners?
    thanks advance.
    Hi MT7.

    I've tried a few of the others, but I would still recommend the Lansky sharpening system. It is absolutely simple to use, absolutely guaranteed to give a great edge to your blade every time. You can go onto youtube and find lots of demo's on how to use it.

    If you want to go a cheaper option, there is a Lansky system similar to the diamond sharpeners, but it has their ceramic sharpeners instead of the diamond sharpeners. Still does the same job at around half the price of the diamond sharpeners. I think it's called the Deluxe version instead of the Diamond version.

    I know it's a little more money, but you will but it once and not have to worry about looking for something better later on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedazzLED View Post
    Hi MT7.

    I've tried a few of the others, but I would still recommend the Lansky sharpening system. It is absolutely simple to use, absolutely guaranteed to give a great edge to your blade every time. You can go onto youtube and find lots of demo's on how to use it.

    If you want to go a cheaper option, there is a Lansky system similar to the diamond sharpeners, but it has their ceramic sharpeners instead of the diamond sharpeners. Still does the same job at around half the price of the diamond sharpeners. I think it's called the Deluxe version instead of the Diamond version.

    I know it's a little more money, but you will but it once and not have to worry about looking for something better later on.
    OK,thanks,but what are you think about your pocket pal sharpener of smith? is it good as a primary sharpener? or is it good only if I have also some serious sharpener?

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    The Pocket Pal sharpener is good as an emergency sharpener. If I need to sharpen a knife out in the field it works fine, but to get a perfect edge on the knives, I get the Lansky sharpener out when I get home. The good thing about the Pocket Pal is that it works great on serrated knives too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bedazzLED View Post
    The Pocket Pal sharpener is good as an emergency sharpener. If I need to sharpen a knife out in the field it works fine, but to get a perfect edge on the knives, I get the Lansky sharpener out when I get home. The good thing about the Pocket Pal is that it works great on serrated knives too.
    I am not want to change the edge shape,I am just want to sharpen the blade if it becomes not sharp,so for this use,Is the pocket pal can be a primary sharpener without any other sharpener? and what about the 2 stones of Smith's sharpeners? (http://www.ebay.com/itm/2-STONE-SHAR...item58926a4cf0) is it good as primary sharpener without any other?

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    If it's within your budget, the Edge Pro Apex is one of the best options out there. It's a rod and stone system, much like the aforementioned Lansky, but it's made with better materials and to higher tolerances.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bedazzLED View Post
    The Pocket Pal sharpener is good as an emergency sharpener. If I need to sharpen a knife out in the field it works fine, but to get a perfect edge on the knives, I get the Lansky sharpener out when I get home. The good thing about the Pocket Pal is that it works great on serrated knives too.
    Excellent post, and in-line with my own experience with the PP.

    I would like to get a Lansky system, as they are on sale at the local farm store...is it considered 'sufficient' for larger, fixed blades ?

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