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Old January 19th, 2015, 05:22 PM   #1
 
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My Lansky Sharpening System saga

In November my wife and I made a trip to Little Rock AR to visit family and while there we did some shopping at one of the large sports franchise stores where I found a good deal on a Lansky knife sharpening system. The deal was for a basic system with three sharpening stones of course, medium and fine for about $25. As this system has been on my “want to try” list for a while I bought one. I didn’t find time to try it until around Christmas back home in West MI.
As usual I had to cut up the instruction sheets and put the English versions on the scanner so that I could print them in a language and size that I can read. Then it was time to fit the pieces and verify that all was well there, but it wasn’t.

As you can see the clamp is missing some holes.
With the missing holes I would need to unclamp the knife and turn it over to sharpen the opposite side. This would not be very efficient and it would be difficult to get the edge centered on the blade.
My first thought was to return it and get a new one, but then I recalled that the store was about 900 miles away. So I get out the trusty old phone for a photo and fire up the PC to search for email contacts to the store. The store agreed to return it if I would bring it in along with the original receipt, well I had no idea where that was so even if the store had been across the street this was a poor option for me now.
Back to the computer to locate an email address for Lansky customer service to send them the photo too. Next day I received an email from them asking for my mailing address so they could send me a new clamp. I complied with little real hope of seeing one. Meanwhile I located the replacement part on their web site but decided to wait a while before ordering the $12 part. About a week later the new clamp showed up as promised. Thank you very much Lansky.
My first knife to get sharpened went quite well but the unit was a bit difficult and clumsy to hold while stoning the edge on the blade. Another trip back to the web site to check out the clamp pedestal options made it obvious that I could make one just as good or better, so this is what I have come up with.
All the parts were from my “scrap” boxes so no real cost other than a little over an hour of work.
The base is optional but works great too and is just a piece of 2x6 pine scrap with a hole that the handle fits snuggly into. The handle is about a five inch piece of 1-1/4” oak dowel left over from a project. The pin was a 3/8” bolt that I cut up to have about one inch of threads and the same unthreaded section. The white spacer is a ¾” long pieces of plastic pipe with a ½” ID and 5/8” OD.
I drilled a 5/8” hole about one eighth inch deep on one end using a forstener bit then a 3/16” hole about 1-1/2” deep in the center of that hole. I then tapped the 3/16” hole with a 3/8-16 tap to match the cut up bolt. Before inserting the bolt and gluing the plastic pipe in place I rounded the edges of the handle. It works great and my knives are now getting new “proper” angles and very sharp cutting edges that will be quicker and easier to maintain in the future.

So far I am pleased with the system and how it works. I am thinking about getting a diamond hone for a finer edge.
Of course now I need a nice case that everything fits into.



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Old January 19th, 2015, 07:15 PM   #2
 
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I've got one of them there Lanksy's. It does have the holes on both sides like it should. Nice system, I like it for smaller blades. Not so much for anything over 3 inches.
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Nice job on the clamp pedestal. I have a Lansky as well and like it very much.
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I have tried all my life to create a knife that was actually sharper than when I started.

A friend turned me on to Lansky and I've never looked back. As far as the kitchen knifes are concerned I've created a bit of a monster because now my wife expects very sharp knives all the time.

But that's OK because now I expect hot food all the time, LOL!

I bought the set w/4 or 5 stones, $49, and use it for every knife in the house or my pocket. It's a real no-brainer to use (good thing too) and you really can't screw things w/o really trying pretty hard.

That wood mount you set up looks pretty good.

Now if I could only figure out how to get all those little parts back in the box and close it.
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By all means get the white diamond stone. After you've finished with the diamond stone use a thick leather belt like the old time barbares used. You will not believe the edge you end up with.
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I still have the 5 stone set I bought over 25 years back.

It also comes in handy when doing a little deburring or hammer/sear work
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It's my favorite nice sharpener, been using to for decades.
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My Lansky sharpener is older than a couple of my kids! It is a great system, and like jersey dude said, follow up with a strop and you won't believe the edge you can get. I have sharpened 5 and six inch hunting and camp knives with no problems at all.
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My Lansky sharpener is older than a couple of my kids! It is a great system, and like jersey dude said, follow up with a strop and you won't believe the edge you can get. I have sharpened 5 and six inch hunting and camp knives with no problems at all.
+1 to the strop. It was only after I used an old strop that I got an edge sharp enough to flay my arm. Seriously, be careful, I had no idea the strop would work as well as it did. Blood was let.
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I've been using a Lansky Sharpening System for several years. I wouldn't try to sharpen a blade without it.
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Love my Lansky. An easy and foolproof system for an idiot like me.
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I love my Lansky as well ... but I don't seem to have the problem with holding the knife after I have it clamped in ... the oild tends to run off so I have to keep an old rag on my lap to catch the drips ...
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I must be behind the times as I still use regular sharpening stones. I hate it when a knife isn't sharp.

Thinking of a sharp knife. My wife once set up an appointment for a college student to do a sales pitch for Cutco knives. During the presentation she wanted to do the sharpness test between their knife and one we had in our knife block. So I get an old looking knife out of the block and she holds a thick piece of leather up and asked me to try and cut through it. In one easy stroke I cut through the leather. her response " Oh, I never seen that happen before" It kind of took the fire out of the rest of her presentation.

The beauty of their normal sales pitch is they know most people don't sharpen their knives and at best to a poor job of it.
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I have had one for years and set the edges on all of my knives except the commercial size butcher knives from my dads market. I have what would look like hard silicon inserts with magnets in my bench vise and with those I clamp the lower blade holder and sharpen away. This gives me a solid stand and does not hurt the Lansky. Reverse the stand and sharpen the second side. Works for me but I like your idea also.
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I must be behind the times as I still use regular sharpening stones. I hate it when a knife isn't sharp.

Thinking of a sharp knife. My wife once set up an appointment for a college student to do a sales pitch for Cutco knives. During the presentation she wanted to do the sharpness test between their knife and one we had in our knife block. So I get an old looking knife out of the block and she holds a thick piece of leather up and asked me to try and cut through it. In one easy stroke I cut through the leather. her response " Oh, I never seen that happen before" It kind of took the fire out of the rest of her presentation.

The beauty of their normal sales pitch is they know most people don't sharpen their knives and at best to a poor job of it.
The art of using a stone is a lost art i think. My dad still uses just a good honing stone to do his knives. His test to see if it's sharp is can he shave the hair on his arm. We always know when pops been sharpening, he has bald patches on his left arm.
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