“Why isn’t this knife getting sharp?” I said out loud to myself in this Military tent! I deploy on a mission in two hours and can not get this knife sharp. What am I doing wrong? Frustration sets in as I continue to drag this knife across the stone. Just then a buddy walks into the tent and can see the frustration on my face (ya it is that bad) and reaches under his bunk. Pulls out this small plastic box and walks over to me and hands it to me. I look up at him and said, “what’s this?” He opens it up and says, “This will make sure you have the right angle to make you knife sharp!” With a puzzled look on my face, I shrugged my shoulders and looked at him. My buddy sits down and opens the box up. Pulling out each individual piece out of the boxes and sets them down. He then starts to put the pieces together.
After just a couple of minutes watching him put it together. He then reaches for my knife and places it in the device metal clamps. Grabs the sharping stone and with the long rod connected to the stone, places the long rod into the hole. With a smooth stroking motion, he runs it across the blade of the knife. A few minutes of him stroking the blade, he takes the knife out of the clamps and hands it back to me and says, “there you can now cut a piece of hair with it.” “Really? I have been spending hours on the knife and it wouldn’t get that sharp.” He looks at me and says, “you are doing it wrong. Most people believe if you sharpen a knife across the stone it will sharpen. But if you do not have the right angle to sharpen it, it will round the blade.” So that is what I have been doing wrong, rounding the blade.
Thanks Lansky! For showing me there really is more to sharpening a knife then running the blade across the stone.
Lansky has several kits to help you from the beginner to the expert to sharpen knives. The one shown here is the Professional Sharpening kit. It comes with 4 different stones. Coarse, medium, fine and of course ultra fine to give your knife the care it needs.
Here are somethings that Lansky would like you to follow:
– Alumina Oxide
Includes coarse (120 grit), medium (280 grit), fine (600 grit) and ultra fine (1000 grit) hones along with a medium triangle shape hone for serrated knife sharpening.
The Ultimate in Sharpening Systems Technology Safe, Easy and Convenient to Use. The Lansky Controlled-Angle Sharpening System is designed to give your blade a professional, razor sharp edge every time. All systems include:
- Precision-engineered, multi-angle, flip-over knife clamp.
- Sharpening hones on color-coated, finger-grooved safety holders
- One guide rod for each honing stone
- Specially formulated honing oil
- Extra long knife clamp screws
- Custom molded storage/carrying case to hold all system components
- Complete easy-to-follow multi-lingual instructions
17° Angle – A severe angle recommended for razor blades, scalpels or similar tools. Provides an extremely sharp but delicate edge.
20° Angle – A commonly used angle for higher quality blades and provides an excellent edge for kitchen cutlery and filet knives.
25° Angle – The recommended angle for most knives that need a durable, sharp edge. Ideal for hunting and outdoor knives.
30° Angle – An outstanding angle for knives that see the heavy use of cutting cardboard, wire or carpets. Recommended for heavy duty use.
Lansky Sharpeners is the most recognized name in knife sharpening worldwide.
In addition to our legendary Controlled-Angle Sharpening System we continue to develop new knife sharpening technologies and innovations for: hunting and outdoor sports, kitchen use, as well as the workshop.