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Anyone use a tormek for sharpening?

Discussion in 'Sharpening' started by Lincoln, Jul 28, 2014.

  1. Lincoln

    Lincoln New Member

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    I'm looking for a better way to sharpen well, and all my research points to a Tormek, probably the T7. I recognize that I will still need to get a belt grinder for serious material removal, but I wondered if it were possible to get really good sharpening results on the grinder as well.
    I have a 1x42 sander that is really easy to get a range of belts for, but it is the Tormek jigs that really have my attention. I also really like the idea of hollow grinding.
    I don't have the wherewithall to build a grinder from scratch, but I am willing to put some work into one, so I have been scoping out the Polar Bear Grinder in a Box.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. Alexander13

    Alexander13 Member

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    Hi Lincoln,

    I think you'll get lots of different opinions and options from the makers on here as there are many different set ups for sharpening. Myself, I've learned how to sharpen with water stones because I don't just sharpen knives, I use them for axes, carving tools and planes. So for me it was about versatility. It took a lot of practice but for me it works awesome.
    Personally I would stay away from trying to sharpen with a belt sander/grinder, it's very dangerous and very hard to control. I only use my belt sander/grinder for shaping and stock removal.

    Good luck
    Joel
     
  3. dancom

    dancom Dust Maker Best Shop Tool

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    I second Joel's advice about not sharpening on the grinder.

    I use a system like an Edge Pro, mine is the $50 Ruixin Pro (aka Chinese version) and find it works great and keeps the angles precise. The technique can be mastered in a few knives and the stones range from 320 to 1200. From there a leather strop works the magic.

    Dan
     
  4. Foster J

    Foster J Active Member

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    Hey Lincoln,
    Well over 20 years ago, a local maker showed me how to sharpen using the belt grinder and a buffer. Right or wrong, it is still the quickest and easiest way for me to get a hair popin' edge. If your a little queasy about putting a sharp edge on a buffer. Get the wire edge on your 1'', and finishing off with a few strops. Today I use a 1'' belt with a variety of grits because it's easy to see from the top and it works well on a re-curve blade. I've tried many different types of whetstones and diamond sharpeners over the years and they are slow and tedious. Don't get me wrong, they work. I can just do it faster and better on my 1'' IMHO.
     
  5. Lincoln

    Lincoln New Member

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    Thank you all for your input. I've been unable to post here until recently, but I did read your replies. I sprung for the Tormek, as I have a multitude of edge tools, and my family has been cutting up our own meat for years and years. Thus, speed, precision, and repeatability were the main features I was looking for, and the Tormek fit the bill. I experienced something of a learning curve, but it was well worth it, and I highly recommend one to anyone looking for a versatile motorized sharpener. I will still plan to take off most of the material in an actual tool-making situation with a belt grinder, but my sharping needs are met for now.
     

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