Blade Sharpening Angles
Not many people take blade sharpening angles seriously. In fact, a lot of experienced sharpeners don’t even care to memorize them, as these guys can sense when they are sharpening a blade at the correct angle because it feels right. Recently, RigCast acquired a knife sharpening system that is completely dependent on setting an exact degree measurement as a sharpening angle, so a need arose to learn what the inclusive angles of our blades were so that we could sharpen them with greater precision. This guide is the result.
Although there will never be a one-chart-fits all reference for blade sharpening angles, knife and blade companies typically produce a majority of their knives with a specific inclusive blade angle. This means that if Buck Knives manufacturers most of their knives with a 26-32 degree inclusive angle, then we can use that as a reference point for a 13-16 degree sharpening (non-inclusive) angle.
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