best way to sharpening blade

Anyone can suggest best way for sharpening razor blade? The angles are 8 degrees per side. 16 degree included angle.

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If you're talking about double-edged blades, there is a type of hard Arkansas stone made expressly for the purpose. It has a shallow through in line with its long axis. You put the blade in the trough, push your finger down on the middle of the blade, and work it around in small circles.

If you want to sharpen a single-edged blade (which I often do with blades I use in scrapers), you can grip the back of the blade with a pair of electrician's pliers and work it over a flat hard Arkansas stone, letting the pliers almost touch the stone. That will give you about the right angle.

Then take a piece of hard Masonite, spread some stainless-steel polish or Simichrome polish on it, and, again holding it with the electrician's pliers, drag the blade across the Masonite to strop it.

I've shaved with blades sharpened this way, in a pinch.

Ed Huntress

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Ed Huntress

Giggio wrote: Anyone can suggest best way for sharpening razor blade? ^^^^^^^^^^ If you mean REsharpening razor blades, there are a number of interesting "antique" razor blade sharpeners out there. I have a small collection. One of the commonest ones uses a turntable about 3 or 4" dia., with a leather face, and a clamp which holds either a single or double edged blade at the proper angle. As you turn the crank, the blade is stropped, and the clamp flops over and back, so both sides of the bevel are stropped.

There are also some sharpeners which use two small drums wrapped with leather. The double-edged blade rests against both drums, which revolve away from the cutting direction .

These can sometimes be had for a few dollars from people who sell antiques and collecibles.

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Leo Lichtman

Thanks for the memories....

When I was a kid we used to "sharpen" our Gillette double edged "Blue Blades" by rubbing them on the inside of a straight sided drinking glass with one finger, oriented in the only reasonable direction for doing that.

Can't tell you if it really made them sharper though, that kind of thing can be pretty subjective if the blade's not badly dulled.

Then, the Wilkenson Sword blades hit our shores, precipitating lots of one uping "fish tales" about how many shaves we'd gotten from one blade.

I sharpen the single edged blades in my paint scraper (and my utility knife blades as well) with a few strokes of a little 360 grit plastic diamond sharpening paddle. Works for me, but then I'm not dragging them over my chin.

Jeff (Who remembers thinking it'd be really great to become so rich he could afford a brand new Blue Blade every day.....)

-- Jeff Wisnia (W1BSV + Brass Rat '57 EE)

"If you can keep smiling when things go wrong, you've thought of someone to place the blame on."

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Jeff Wisnia

i get them, single edge at Harbor Freight, 100 or two hundred in a box for about $1.95 when on sale.. would not worry about sharpening them at this rate....

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Don't forget an old method for double edged blades - the inside of a smooth tumbler, it can work in a limited fashion but takes a lot of patience and care.

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Neil Ellwood

easy Karl Derbal of Czechoslovakia patented the Pyramid sharpener in 1959

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Chris Oates

I acquired sone straight razor hones from an old barber named Art Tick in the late 60's. One was labeled "Franz Swaty, Austria" and the other labeled "Easy Edge". Art showed me the proper way to use these for razor and knife sharpening, as well as how to use a leather strop (or leather belt) to get a perfect edge. Sharpened up a couple of hunting knives and actually shaved with them (modern disposal razors are somewhat better than hunting knives for this activity, tho!)

Art's gone, but I still have the hones and use them occasionally on my knives.

Mike Eberlein

P.S. Art was a colorful fellow who lived in Shawano, WI.. In addition to being a crack shot with rifle, pistol or shotgun, he lived with John Dillinger's girlfriend for a number of years after Dillinger's death in

1934. He cut my hair frequently when I was grow> Anyone can suggest best way for sharpening razor blade?
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I used to have a old double blade sharpener at one time. Sold it on ebay some time ago. It was a nickel plated box sort of oval shaped. You slide open a cover and inserted the razor blade, into a slotted rod which held the blade in place, closed the cover, and pulled out a recessed crank handle on the end. You turned the crank a few times and it would spin a roller made of extremely fine abrasive material along the edges of the blade lengthwise. Take the blade out and flip it and repeat for other side(s). By turning the handle one way you pushed the blade against the abrasive roller, and by rotating the crank handle the other way you pushed the blade against a leather wheel for stropping. It was quite a gadget, especially how they made each roller operate independant according to direction the handle was turned. The handle actually rasied and lowered each roller, so you could stone one side and after flipping the blade, and stoning that edge you could then rotate the handle opposite and strop the first edge you stoned. Visit my website:

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:-) I was waiting to see if anyone mentioned "pyramids". :-) ...lew...

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hmmm....Dillinger didn't die of a cut _throat_, did he?

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