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Old 03-24-07, 12:48 PM   #1
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How do you care for your KNIVES?!

just wanted to see more pics of knives, but in maintenance mode. you know. sharpening stones. tips. tricks. i figure when it comes time, i'll ship mine back to benchmade for maintenance.

my kitchen knives just get the steel every use and a pro sharpening every few years.

(my wife's spyderco and a wustof. i can't find my benchmade. i think she has a "project" and it's in use at the moment.)
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Old 03-24-07, 12:53 PM   #2
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I just use a cheap kitchen pull through sharpener. I didn't know you could send stuff back to benchmade, I've had one for three+ years, and it's getting dull - but I don't want to mess with sharpening the serrations. I'll look into sending it in...
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but I don't want to mess with sharpening the serrations
sh*t. i guess neither do they

There's never a dull moment with a Benchmade... That's right! We will gladly re-sharpen your Benchmade knife to a factory razor sharp edge (service does not apply to any serrated portion of the blade). If you prefer us to sharpen your blade, or if you may have neglected to maintain your edge for a while, simply ship your knife to us. We'll not only sharpen it, but we will also inspect the knife for any warranted repairs and "tune" the knife for optimum performance. Simply ship the knife to the Benchmade address, postage paid and insured. Please enclose your return shipping address with $5.00 for first knife and $2.50 for each additional knife, to cover handling and return shipping charges.
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Old 03-24-07, 01:09 PM   #4
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I use a pull through sharpner for my fiskar and Rapala knives. I use various stones and ceramic steels for my Schrades, Bucks, and Gerber knives.

If I really care for them, I give them a kiss and a hug before putting them away.
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well, generally i stab a lot of people with mine. to clean it, i simply slice up some cheese. it seems to get them fairly clean, and the cheese is a tasty treat, two birds, one stone. to sharpen them, i dont. i like them to be really dull, not only does it add to the stabbing of people, but it also adds character to my cheese slices, which is attractive when applying it to crackers hahahahahahaha.
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grinding/rough sharpening of an edge:
pull-through sharpener (Chefmate or some stupid nam like that)

fine sharpening and maintaining of an edge:
Norton Waterstone. 1000 grit. I keep it lapped nice and flat as well.

I typically don't do serrated knives, but if I have to sharpen one, I use the corner of my Norton, paying close attention to how the serration was done. Most serrations are chisel-ground edges (only ground on one side, as opposed to the wedge ground edges (ground on both sides) that a typical knife has.

Anywho, that Norton will get most knives ridiculously sharp...if you want an even sharper edge, get a 2000grit and use it as well.

Ignore the 4k/8k Norton unless you are sharpening straight razors. Razors will also need a 12k stone (keep in mind a proper edge on a straight razor is approx 0.003mm...honing razors is an art), but those are pretty hard to find, and EXPENSIVE! Mine was $40, WITHOUT any surface prep on it...basically it came to me freshly cut. 5 hours of grueling prep later, it was ready for use.
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I oil them every now and then, especially after they get wet. I sharpen them if they get dull, which isn't often, since my knives are 154cm. What else is there?
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Old 03-24-07, 01:51 PM   #8
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i've got an identical Spyderco - great knife. i've had it for 15 years now. still cuts like the day i bought it - gets sharpened about once every three years or so!

that said, i don't sharpen any of my knives much. because they don't get used much.



see? just doesn't need sharpening that often...
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Old 03-24-07, 01:59 PM   #9
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run a honing steel on my knife everyday and sharpen twice a year with professional sharpening service
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Old 03-24-07, 02:11 PM   #10
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Hi All-

My favorite knives are Benchmade, Microtech, and Busse. For each of them, I use the awesome Spyderco Tri-Angle Sharpmaker to keep them nicely honed. A leather strop finishes the edge perfectly and gives it a bit of polish. The knives are washed with detergent and fresh hot water and thoroughly dried after cutting chores...especially if they were used near saltwater. A little metal compound like Flitz keeps them rust-free and bright. A drop or two of light oil in the pivots keeps everything smooth. Lastly, a wooden toothpick works great for removing lint from inside the handle and pivots.

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What kind of MT(s) do do you have Blue Jays?
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Old 03-24-07, 03:00 PM   #12
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Hi Michigander-

My favorite Microtech is the SOCOM like the one pictured. It can be opened automatically or manually. The 154-cm steel is very nice and I like the fact that they're made here in the United States.


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Old 03-24-07, 03:33 PM   #13
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Cool!

I've always wanted a Makora. As long as I live in Michigan I can't get one, but I may very well leave the state after I graduate

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Old 03-24-07, 04:25 PM   #14
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I've alwasys wanted a Makora. As long as I live in Michigan I can't get one, but I may very well leave the state after I graduate



Those are designed to open letters with.. yeah?
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i've got an identical Spyderco - great knife. i've had it for 15 years now. still cuts like the day i bought it - gets sharpened about once every three years or so!

that said, i don't sharpen any of my knives much. because they don't get used much.



see? just doesn't need sharpening that often...

What do you use a bayonet for.. -other than it's intended purpose? I am serious, do you garden with it? Do you scare little kids or annoying roomates with it? Serious question.
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paperweight, letter opener, digging, whacking on things, prying on stuff, you name it. great gp tool.

Ka-bar works even better.
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Where/how can you buy switchblades?
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Hubby sharpens the knives, and I keep all sharp objects in one drawer. That way, I know I'm about to cut myself.
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I've always used Blade Play Cam, the owner, is good people.
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google will find you plenty.
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are they not contraband though?
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The Spyderco Triangle Sharpmaker is the best sharpening tool I have ever used. It works very well for both straight and serrated blades. It used to come with a set of diamond coated, one sided, steel sleeves that fit onto the triangle stones but now they are making, three sided, triangle diamond hones (more expensive). Still, it is an excellent system for keeping all of your knives sharp.

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I've always found the ban on automatic and gravity knives pretty silly.

Really....how is that knife worse than some guy who was hiding a large bread knife in his jacket?
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are they not contraband though?
In some places, yes.

In my state they are legal to own. But not legal to carry. No one seems to care anyway. They are all over the place. Even in places where they are illegal, no one seems to care. Some places have a blade length limit for concealed carry too. No one seems to care about that either.
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In some places, yes.

In my state they are legal to own. But not legal to carry. No one seems to care anyway. They are all over the place. Even in places where they are illegal, no one seems to care. Some places have a blade length limit for concealed carry too. No one seems to care about that either.
until the cops are looking for something to hassle you for and are too lazy to kick out a taillight.
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