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    I have a set of DMTs Extra Coarse, coarse, Fine, Extra Fine, and Extra Extra Fine, then I have several strops loaded with various diamond compounds. I sharpen/profile my knives with a more meticulous progression than my straights.

    Don't ask me to rationalize it, it's just a hobby that I have been in the grips of for a long time. Straight razors are a relatively new niche in this hobby.
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    Honestly, I thought about buying a set of those "quarter Nortons" that Whipped Dog sells just to use on my knives. I mean, at like $60 you could probably buy a ton of other hones/sharpening devices but if the Norton set is good enough for razors. I personally wouldnt use them for anything else.

    I just see alot of talk about what grit to go up to and it seems like everyone has varying theories as to why higher grits are good or not. I know the blade is AUS-8 steel, I just dont know if it would benefit at all from higher grits.

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    I use the carbide gizzie,than I sharpen on a DMT 1000,than I go cut weeds and cardboard boxes,some rope,thin wire,the plastic drip irrigation pipe,skin a badger or two,than re-resharpin, works for me,my knives are just tools,yard tools

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    EdgePro Apex.

    I use this system to sharpen everything that I own (except razors).

    It's fairly quick and quite consistent with just a little practice.
    Now, I can shave very well with every kitchen knife and EDC knife that I own.

    Currently my EDC's vary between a SOG Pentagon Elite, ESEE4, Sog Seal Team.
    It all depends on what I'm doing that day
    Through the mud and the blood, to the green fields beyond.

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    I use the Norton tri-oil stone setup with replacable stones that I used when I was a meat cutter. (Norton 3 Stone IM313 System)

    So far Iíve never found a knife that I couldnít sharpen to an edge I liked. Mine is in the modern one in plastic. My son was given an older one and the base is made of cast iron and the lid is stamped steel. It takes the same sized stones as mine does. Before you ask; No, you canít have it!

    The key is that unlike honing a razor you have to learn muscle memory to keep the angle constant, that just comes with time and experience.

    I sharpen knives at about a 12 and 1/2 deg angle. My mentor started as an apprentice meat cutter at a chain called Safeway in 1934. When he sharpened, he'd lay the knife down until the oil just started to be pushed out from under then he'd just slightly raise the angle. He maintained that the longer bevel provided a longer lasting cutting edge.

    I could never master that technique so I came up with I use to this day. It's worked well for me since about 1977.

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    Another Edge-Pro vote for me. It is an awesome system for my knives.......all the drawers of knives...........

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    I use my hones that I use for razors.
    Recently have been thinking of getting narrower dedicated hone in the 1k range, and a barber hone or something for touch ups.
    Stefan

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn View Post
    Another Edge-Pro vote for me. It is an awesome system for my knives.......all the drawers of knives...........
    Lynn!

    You said the 'D' WORD!!!

    I'd never put any knife that I value in just a drawer! I use knife holders and the blades always go in with the edge up and the back down to ride on the holder!

    However, to each their own!

    Now that you mention it, another beer does sound very good!

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    DMT's for me. Coarse, medium, fine, extra fine and a loaded strop lastly. Doesn't bring them quite up to the standard that my straight razor is at. But it's close.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cudarunner View Post
    I'd never put any knife that I value in just a drawer!
    It depends on how you store them...I keep all my straight razors and knives in drawers.

    Some of drawers have glass lids to better display the collection and protect them.


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