INDIANAPOLIS — Anyone who owns a good knife knows that getting it perfectly sharp can be as hard as bagging the elusive 30-point buck. And tips and theories on how to get the edge just right are about as numerous as stories about “almost” nabbing that 30-pointer.
So is there an easy way to get that awesome edge?
The folks over at EZ-LAP Diamond Products say yes. They took time during the 2014 NRA convention to show us how to get your knife perfectly sharp. Company representative Ralph Johnson told TheBlaze that with the advent of knife-sharpening stones that now integrate diamonds, there’s actually a better way to get your knife sharp — and you may not even realize it.
The trick? Swirl your knife on a diamond stone instead of using the straight strokes required when using traditional stones like an Arkansas.
According to Johnson, the swirling motion takes advantage of the diamonds’ ability to cut no matter what the stroke, and the way your hand is positioned (the “wobble” as he called it) naturally ensures an even angle. It also helps prevent build-up of metal on the backside of the knife.
In other words, if you have a diamond stone (which is becoming all the rage lately), you may be sharpening your knife all wrong — or at least not doing it the best way.
Below, Johnson takes you through the process and explains the best overall grit to get your knife perfectly sharp: