Originally Posted by Mitch Cholewinski
What kind of blades do you use and mostly, how do you sharpen them if you do? T
Thanks for the tip on the knife sharpening, I am always open to suggestions (and will usually take them from someone who has "been there and done that") My strop has 2 sides I swipe with each knife a few times. The unfinished leather side that has jewelers rouge worked into it and the smooth side that is my last couple strokes. I am not afraid to use the wet stones to sharpen a knife, that is how I learned. I just made the video to show really how fast an edge can
be put on a knife with a good eye and steady hand on that machine I was using.It was extremely dull before, and like you saw sharper than most peoples knives a few seconds later.
I imaging you have seen that system. 2 wheels one is coated with fine grit (400-600...finer, I make my own) the other is coated with jewelers rouge to take the bur off.
To your question about bandmill blade sharpening. I do sharpen my own. I use an old Foley chainsaw grinder I modified. I don't remember the model number, but it has forward and reverse and is almost limitlessly adjustable for pitch. To be honest it would be tons cheaper to send them out. I know a couple guys who do a great job for $6-$7 a blade that I have used in the past, before I started sharpening. It takes me forever to set and sharpen them manually (they are 144"). I have 100 (?) bands around I just sit down and sharpen a few at a time when things are slow around here. Since I set my own I have some with very little set for real hard wood furniture grade sawing and some more aggressive for just blasting out softwood framing or whatever.
I know your thread was about turning tool sharpening, sorry for getting off subject. Maybe we can talk sharpening in general in another thread? I would enjoy it, and I bet I may learn something. I think my tools are similar to the ones you put down several years ago.