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    Username Post: sharpest pocket knife        (Topic#670304)
    Metalhead
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    06-02-05 10:56.10 - Post#670304    



    What knife can you get the be the sharpest and stay sharp for a long time. I like to sharpen my knifes to where they can split a hair in half but when I get my knifes that sharp they quickly dull. Does anyone have a suggestion on a brand or model? thank you If there is another post on this same subject I am sorry I am still new to this site and didnt find one.
     
    Deerinator
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    06-02-05 11:47.42 - Post#670342    


        In response to Metalhead

    mmm well the sharpest knife i have is a bark river northstart. Not a pocket knife but its the sharpest i have on account for the convex edge and a2 steel with excellent heat treat. I have some slip joints that are sharp and can shave hair..just some old carbon steel blades not sure of the brand name but they sharpen and stay sharp for awhile. The reason the pocket knives are inherently sharp is because of the thin blades. Less drag equalls increase slicing effiecency.

    You states that your knives can split hair but go dull quickly. Well that can be that you haven't removed all of the wire burr off the tip and when it is used the edge folds over and makes the knife dull...or if you are litterally "splitting hairs" chances are that you have achieved a sharper knife than i have ever seen and that edge will not last long at that state as it is fragile and wears very quickly. I have mades a knife shave a hair..little curls formed on the hair but this is a short lived thing and any knife with that kind of cutting power should shave hair and wood for a while but will not split hair for very long. You might be asking to much from the steel to preform at that level. But if all your burrs are removed and the knife stays sharp for quite a will with minor use i would say you "have one of the shapest pocket knives". Hope this helps. YOu could also try stroping on a smooth pants belt to bring that edge back as well.
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    Hermes
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    06-02-05 11:54.10 - Post#670350    


        In response to Metalhead

    Hi and welcome to the KFC Metalhead, good to see you here.

    "Does anyone have a suggestion on a brand or model?"

    Sure, how much do you want to spend?

    James
     
    frankk
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    06-02-05 12:03.55 - Post#670357    


        In response to Hermes

    Any of the VG10 Spydercos are a good place to start. They come sharp and VG10 is easy to re-sharpen to a wicked edge. The Calypso Jr. is my personal favorite.


    Good luck in your selection and welcome to KnifeForums!




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    Overload
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    06-02-05 12:05.47 - Post#670358    


        In response to Metalhead

    Many people believe the Spyderco Calypso Jr is near the top. Currently, spyderco is retooling it with a new high tech steel ZDP-189, I think. Older models had VG10 and maybe another steel.
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    pep
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    06-02-05 13:37.32 - Post#670439    


        In response to Overload

    The Fallkniven U2 gets tons of praise for being one of the sharpest, although I have never handled one.
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    Metalhead
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    06-02-05 13:54.03 - Post#670452    


        In response to Metalhead

    Well I am willing to spend under $70, My knife that I got to split a hair was a rebal edge straight razor it was also made in china so it would get sharp fast but my stones can only do so much. Then I found a new way to sharpen it with my secret sharpening technique but when i shaved hairs off it dulls a little bit. I hate cheap china made crap. I split the hair on accident, I held it out to the side and the hair I cut was about 3 inches long and I choped down on the hair and it "niched" it and cut it in half for about 1/7 in. I normally do that to test out my knife's sharpness level, I like doing that better than shaving my arm/leg hair it isn't as noticable. I have one more thing to say to all of you on this forum you are very nice people. I went to a metal tabs forum one time and everyone was rude and trying to be cool but you are all very well manored and mature thank you for being like that.
     
    The_Falcon
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    06-02-05 20:41.52 - Post#670702    


        In response to Metalhead

    I would have to say that my Al Mar SERE 2K is "scary" sharp but I can't testify as to edge retention. After everytime I use it I run it down my Crock Sticks so it never gets a chance to get dull.
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    Metalhead
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    06-03-05 03:55.54 - Post#670889    


        In response to Metalhead

    Well one thing I have noticed since I started to collect and sharpen knifes is that the sharper the stock blade it normally turnes out more sharp when I finish with them, and with a not as sharp stock blade doesnt get as sharp after I sharpen them.
     
    Deerinator
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    06-03-05 05:17.03 - Post#670966    


        In response to Metalhead

    do you mean when you first buy the knives? Is that what you mean by a stock blade? if so many things could contribute to how sharp they get whether it be heat treat..stell...and maker and edge geometry. a slipjoint in 1095 carbon may not be as sharp as a kabar with the same steel. Just like i would wager a Bob Dozier d2 knife will be much sharper/better edge retention than a Kabar D2.
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