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Old 25-08-2009, 02:08   #1
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Default Good sharpener for Scandi Knife?

This is my first thread other than the introduction thread, so hi guys!

Anyways, I just got a new Kellam Puukko that came razor sharp out of the box. My goal is to keep it near this sharp all the time cause it cuts through wood like butter right now.

My problem is something obvious: Money!

After doing much research, Having a diamond sharpening stone is a must. However, just to get a coarse grind and a fine grind, it would cost about 160 for the DMT.

However, I think I found a good alternative. Its quite a bit smaller but I think its good because I can take it with me wherever I go easily, and it has a coarse and a fine grind all in one.

Take a look: http://theconsumerlink.com/product_d...FC&navStart=0&. (The double sided DMT diafold, if you dont want to click)

What do you guys think?

Thanks a lot for the help, take care.

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Old 25-08-2009, 06:52   #2
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Default Re: Good sharpener for Scandi Knife?

Ive used dmt for years all good sharpeners
the bench size stones are best and used on a solid base at the right hight (same for all sharpening systems )

the smaller stuff is for field use and touch up

you could look at Jap water stones

or for real cheap use Wet and dry on a base board then a 1200 DMT Hone for the micro edge (or fine Wet n dry) and a leather strip on a board with some paste to maintain teh edge between using the agressive stuff ie a few wipes on the loaded strop a day when in use may save sharpening on a stone for a long time

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Old 25-08-2009, 07:23   #3
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Default Re: Good sharpener for Scandi Knife?

Agree with the above. Bench stones for proper sharpening, these foldy ones are only for field touch up and to be honest all the diamonds are pretty coarse, I would rarely ever use a dmt "coarse" and would recomend if you go this route getting fine/extra fine. The extra fine is still quite coarse by knife standards maybe equivalent to a 1200 wet and dry paper. If you are really hard up don't bother with this at all and just use wet and dry stuck on a board and finish with a good metal polish (autosol is the brand in the UK not sure in the US)

Final thing be aware that your puukko almost certainly has a tiny secondary bevel and I would sharpen just by touching that up, it will take many many sharpens that way before you need to touch the primary bevel.
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Default Re: Good sharpener for Scandi Knife?

Good deal, Thanks for the help guys
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Default Re: Good sharpener for Scandi Knife?

As mentioned, wet and dry for cheap sharpening.
I use a butchers steel for honing and keeping the edge on many of my knives.
True Scandi edges are kept on a small DMT extra fine, and some thin leather mounted on a board.

Kellam Puukko's.. Very good knives them and do hold a good edge..
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Old 25-08-2009, 21:53   #6
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Default Re: Good sharpener for Scandi Knife?

Diamond stones are very aggressive..go for a good arkansas stone for primary bevel work and ceramic for the small secondary.
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Old 26-08-2009, 01:34   #7
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Default Re: Good sharpener for Scandi Knife?

Thanks again for all of the advice guys

I already have a set of 3 decent Arkansas stones. Coarse, Med, Fine. I'm leaning toward using those and maybe buying a fine/x-fine DMT diafold for touch up and when I'm out in the woods.

Sound like a decent plan?
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Default Re: Good sharpener for Scandi Knife?

I have that DMT diafold and it would be the best of that bunch for field touch up though personally I don't sharpen knives "in the field." realistically you would only need to do this if you are on prolonged trips or go digging your knife in the soil.

If I was buying a field sharpener I would probably get a DC4 which gives a much finer edge than the diafold is smaller and cheaper. My way is to sharpen well at home in good light and clean conditions on a stable table then look after the edge in use. If I am going to abuse a knife I'll use a cheap £10 mora clipper and a coarse sharpening regime something like the diafold works well on those and takes seconds.
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Default Re: Good sharpener for Scandi Knife?

If its just to keep an edge that is already, as you say, razor sharp, then
I would only strop on an old piece of leather belt before or after use....
Why..? because using stones would only re-sharpen (take off more metal)
an already sharp blade...
Just my 2p....
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Default Re: Good sharpener for Scandi Knife?

Shrade Old Timer hone steel. (See post here - there is one for sale on Ebay.) Give it a couple of licks each time you use your knife. Thats what I tend to do and it keeps the knife razor sharp. Keeping your knife cleaned and oiled helps too.
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