posted on Sep, 10 2011 @ 09:28 PM
For kitchen knives I use a ceramic V sharpener but for my personal knives I use a different system.
I put an edge on my knives with wet/dry automotive sandpaper. 400 600 and 800 grit, on a neoprene pad.
I keep a few small pieces in my wallet.
At home, after sanding the final edge I I buff the edge with white polishing compound.
The edges on my EDK ( every day carry) knives are sharper than most people can comprehend.
Shaving sharp isnt even close to the edge I keep on my knives.
I tell my friends not to touch.. they never listen. Every time they touch the blades they get cut.
As I said, as soon as I can get a few more quality posts in, I'll be able to post threads, and I'll elaborate with some tutorials on sharpening,
making knives, and making sheaths.
I use my coffee cups for my Jamaican Blue mountain roast java.
Sandpaper ATSers.... it's the best DIY sharpener in existance, light, portable and works better than99% of the sharpening systems on the market.
you just have to learn how to recognize the factory bevel on your knife, and work it, without changing it.
freehand knife sharpening, and the understaning of a knife blade, grind, and bevel is one of the most important survival skills you can learn.