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Knife belt sharpen devices Work Sharp
#16
I have the Ken Onion version and like it.

The nice thing about the Ken Onion version is you can get the attachment that allows you to free grind, so you have a little more control.

As Grizzly Dave mentioned, be careful not to overheat the knife. But I personally haven't had any problems, but definitely check it regularly to make sure the blade isn't getting hot.

The attachment I am talking about is: https://www.amazon.com/Work-Sharp-WSSAKO...attachment

On another note, if you are looking to spend "stupid money" on a sharpening system, I really like the Wicked Edge systems a lot as well. I have the Field and Sport and got more of the stones for finer grinding. I have all the way down to the leather strops. Great system. You can get a hair popping edge in minutes, you can also re-profile an edge very quickly if necessary. Another thing I like about this system is that it doesn't require power and I like that. I can sit out in my yard at the picnic table in the summer and sharpen up a bunch of knives if I want.

You can see the Field and Sport at https://wickededgeusa.com/collections/sh...-and-sport.

All in all, you really can't go wrong with either. Both really are great systems and will give you a great edge. As was stated earlier, the Work Sharp will give you a convex grind, while the Wicked Edge will give you a flat grind. So, it depends on what kind of edge you like as to which would be best for your needs.
Joshua Swanagon

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#17
(12-27-2017, 01:38 PM)Tn Ridge Rover Wrote: I read somewhere where some guy would only sharpen one side of his scandi grind knives.

I think the problem you would run into with that is that your knife won't cut straight anymore. 

That is the problem with the chisel grind. Some people really like it because it is much easier to maintain, but it is really not good for much more than self-defense, simply because it doesn't cut straight.

If you look at Emerson Knives, almost all of them have a chisel grind. Also, almost all Emerson Knives are intended for self-defense.

The chisel grind (which is what you will essentially be getting by sharpening only one side of a Scandi) is very sharp and very easy to maintain, just not great for bushcrafting and anything that may require your knife to cut straight.
Joshua Swanagon

Associate Editor, Survival Quarterly Magazine
http://www.SurvivalQ.com

Editor, Knives Illustrated Magazine
http://www.KnivesIllustrated.com

Writer, Editor, Photographer, Knife Designer, Adventurer
http://www.JSwanagon.com

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#18
Machines simply remove way too much steel and once it is gone you cannot put it back. The biggest problem I find with most folks is they lose a razor edge and immediately go to the grinder when a 15 minute stropping would return the edge to hair popping. Edge maintenance vs edge replacement is another issue. We wait until the edge is dull as a butter knife before we do anything in the way of sharpening. If we would simply strop our blades for 5 minutes immediately after say 20 minutes or so of use you would find, with good steel of course, I'm not talking Pakistani bumper metal, the edge back to its usable self. We tend to get in a hurry wanting immediate gratification so we either use too course a grit, too much angle or the biggie, TOO MUCH PRESSURE, when sharpening removing the established edge and find ourselves starting over again and again. Relax! JB
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#19
Great response! Just like the good ole days!

Too bad I lost my diamond sharpening card. I put a pretty good edge on one of my smallest blades with that thing.
Message of Insight and Unity 

We go into the wilderness to fulfill our hearts and empty our minds of life's garbage.
The gear we leave behind and the challenges we encounter, 
Are methods we use to cleanse our spirits.
Of Survivalists and Bushcrafters, Primitive Technologists too, we are one.........

It is the wilderness within, we strive for first and always.
Not everyone can have a cabin in the mountains.
The thread that connects us, is fine like silk and strong as steel.
Together, the song of the wilderness is the song we sing!

"And can I say something else?"
Bushcrafting is "doing what you want to do." 
Survival is "doing what you have to do"
Primitive Technology is about all of the above........

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