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Tropical Fruit => Tropical Fruit Discussion => Topic started by: pj1881 (Patrick) on December 26, 2013, 02:19:50 PM

Title: Sharpening A Grafting Knife
Post by: pj1881 (Patrick) on December 26, 2013, 02:19:50 PM
I know we have discussed different brands of knives and how to sharpen them but I wanted to share my experience with these two products.

http://www.amazon.com/Woodstock-SteeleX-D1130-Japanese-Waterstone/dp/B0000DD2C9/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1388084920&sr=8-3&keywords=wet+stones (http://www.amazon.com/Woodstock-SteeleX-D1130-Japanese-Waterstone/dp/B0000DD2C9/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1388084920&sr=8-3&keywords=wet+stones)

(http://s27.postimg.cc/7ribujhen/wetstone.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/7ribujhen/)


http://www.stropman.com/HD-Compact-Leather-Strop-HD-Compact.htm (http://www.stropman.com/HD-Compact-Leather-Strop-HD-Compact.htm)

(http://s21.postimg.cc/hy8ft15o3/image.jpg) (http://postimg.cc/image/hy8ft15o3/)

By using the two surfaces of the wet stone followed by the two sides of the strop (white and green polish) I have been able to EASILY bring the cutting edges of all grades of grafting knives to mirror surface, RAZOR sharp edges.  I brought an $8 eBay grafting knife edge to the point I could shave with it.  I had remembered Jeff H. mentioning the leather belt and couldn't get my edges past the "really sharp" point so I found the paddle strop above and bought it to stuff my Christmas stocking.   I am really impressed with the finished edge provided by this paddle.  I'm sure you could make one with a good quality cow hide. 
Title: Re: Shapening A Grafting Knife
Post by: dongeorgio on December 26, 2013, 03:53:52 PM
How does one use a stone and a strop? Where do you hold the blade to and do you hold it at an angle?  Do these items come with directions?  I've never used either of these before and was just trying to figure out the best way to keep my grafting knife sharp to this is a very timely post for me.  Please elaborate on the process
Title: Re: Sharpening A Grafting Knife
Post by: pj1881 (Patrick) on December 26, 2013, 05:43:34 PM
http://youtu.be/jav_AQjgQrQ (http://youtu.be/jav_AQjgQrQ)

http://youtu.be/h8O8U1uZi6Q (http://youtu.be/h8O8U1uZi6Q)

http://youtu.be/QbHAXTRKk8w (http://youtu.be/QbHAXTRKk8w)
Title: Re: Sharpening A Grafting Knife
Post by: jcaldeira on December 26, 2013, 06:18:51 PM
I mostly use a water stone for sharpening, but all stones eventually develop a hollow in the center with a lot of use.  To achieve a razor sharp knife edge, I prefer the Scary Sharp method that uses sandpaper instead of a stone.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scary_sharp (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scary_sharp)

Title: Re: Sharpening A Grafting Knife
Post by: CTMIAMI on December 26, 2013, 06:34:54 PM
Keeping your grafting knives sharp. Using a leather strop (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJgEI_8NPpI#ws)
Title: Re: Sharpening A Grafting Knife
Post by: TropicalFruitHunters on December 26, 2013, 06:54:29 PM
Anybody ever use this system?   http://www.grizzly.com/products/8-Razor-Sharp-System/G5937 (http://www.grizzly.com/products/8-Razor-Sharp-System/G5937)
Title: Re: Shapening A Grafting Knife
Post by: Cookie Monster on December 26, 2013, 07:45:19 PM
It takes quite a bit of practice to get it right.

Recently, I've gotten lazy and have just been using disposable razors with an xacto knife handle.

How does one use a stone and a strop? Where do you hold the blade to and do you hold it at an angle?  Do these items come with directions?  I've never used either of these before and was just trying to figure out the best way to keep my grafting knife sharp to this is a very timely post for me.  Please elaborate on the process