The best description we've come across of how to sharpen a (flat) blade is this tale of the Scary Sharp method. Even if you don't have any blades to sharpen, it's worth a read. Make sure you're not drinking anything at the time, because you might accidentally spit it out. Basically, the technique involves a hard, flat surface (like a piece of glass) and increasingly fine grades of sandpaper. Pretty simple, eh? The method works best with straight (as opposed to beveled) blades, but it was good enough to get a beveled hunting knife back to factory sharp last fall. (Not quite sharp enough to shave, though, which was another one of our goals). So we decided to try the same technique on another knife with a flatter blade in hopes of being able to rediscover Jake's face!
*NOTE: We could not be considered experts in blade sharpening by any stretch of the imagination. We are simply chronicling our experiments in learning to sharpen blades proficiently. If you're searching for a way to sharpen your own blades, please don't use us as your only source of information. :-)
|Here are our materials and our setup. Sandpaper: 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1500, and 2000 grit. A pane of glass from an old window (came with the windows we got for free for the coldframe), and a knife. The knife is a one-edge straight blade, stainless steel (the blade style is more visible in the next picture).|
|After the 800 grit. You know we're getting serious now because the sandpaper has switched to black.|
|The 1000 and 1500 grit looked pretty much the same as the 800 grit, so we skipped to the picture of the 2000 grit, where we've gotten a sort of mirror finish on the blade (reflecting the sandpaper box on the flat part). Must be sharp now!|
Tune back in on Thursday to find out if the newly sharpened knife works for shaving facial hair!
Do you have a favorite technique for getting knife blades razor-sharp? What is your preferred test of knife sharpness? Tell us about it in the comments section below! (so Jake can stop having random hairless patches on his arms and legs!)