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KWB Sharpening System

KWB Sharpening System

Over the last 8 years we have been using many sharpening jigs in pursue of the perfect edge and for one reason or other, they're all either garbage or ridiculously expensive, especially when you start wearing through the stones and needing to replace parts. After many generations and requests to produce them for sale, here it is, the KWB Sharpening System. With the lifespan and freedom of freehand whetstone sharpening, and the reliability and professional accuracy you get with a jig.

Features:

  • Fully customisable with extras, spares and future upgrades.
  • Compatible with any stones.
  • Light weight and portable.
  • Professional, handmade quality that lasts.
  • Stainless steel and aluminium parts.
  • Suits most blade thicknesses and lengths.
  • Precision machined parts.
  • Soft tip thumb screws wont damage the vertical adjustment.
  • Adjustable movement limits.
  • Recessed clamp contact points to ensure a secure hold on most surfaces.
  • Precision angle adjustment using a digital angle finder.
  • Stones and angle finders are not included, please let us know if you'd like to see them as optional extras.

Specs:

  • Angle range from 0-25 degrees.
  • Blade thickness up to 6mm.
  • Maximum blade length up to 80cm (can be flipped without removing clamp up to around 40cm)

Directions:

  1. Set your first stone in the holder, adjust and tighten the supports. If using multiple stones it helps to mount them on boards so they are all the same size and thickness.
  2. Clamp the knife holding by the flats if possible, towards the handle is usually best. Don't torque it down too hard, but a good grip is important, the aluminium clamp shouldn't mark the steel unless it starts rubbing. The edge should be horizontal on the stone for a consistent sharpening angle. You could tilt it and achieve a steeper angle toward the heel or tip but that's a topic for another time. Ensure the knife is parallel to the clamp; If you look from edge to spine the blade should line up with the ball joint. Blades without a flat reference surface may require some tape to shim up the edge. Any error here should have minimal effect on cutting performance, but we strive for perfection. 
  3. Set the angle: Flip the clamp so the logo is facing down, this will give you a parallel reference surface for a digital angle finder to rest once zeroed to the stone. The angle adjustment locking screw can be moved to the left or right handed position for personal preference. Most knives are 13-20 degrees, lower will feel sharper and cut better but thicker will be more durable.
  4. Set the travel stops (optional). loosen both stops and move the cutting edge of the blade close to the front edge of the stone, push the stop up to the carriage and tighten. Repeat for the back edge of the stone with the rear stop.
  5. Sharpening: The naniwa pro stones require a splash of water but others may require soaking or cutting oil. I like to work the blade in sections, usually the heel, belly and tip, building up a small burr long the full edge before repeating on the other side. Thin knives only take a few strokes, I would avoid more than 10 or so before flipping the blade to keep symmetrical. I start at 1k grit for thin edges but chipped or thicker knives may require 400 grit. Final grit depends on personal preference, generally finer the finish, the sharper it will feel, but a toothier edge can often handle tomato skins and the like better once the knife starts loosing its edge. A leather strop can prolong this.
  6. Stropping: Finish by removing the knife carefully and stropping on leather to remove the burr. With newly sharpened knives I like a fine honing compound on a paddle strop but for daily use, clean leather is best.

Stones:

We love our Ninawa professional stones but this sharpener can be easily set up to hold anything, including a leather strop if you so wish. I would definitely recommend investing in a decent brand though as they will cut much cleaner. A thin or well maintained edge can be sharpened start to finish on a single 1000 grit stone and leather strop, but for finer edges you can touch up with a 3000 grit and for thicker blades, start with a 400 or 600. Naniwa also offer thinner more budget friendly stones, but you will have to do some research into what will work best for you. Of course thickness will affect the sharpening angle so if you'd like to quickly switch between different stones we recommend using glue or double sided tape and ply wood to shim them all to the same thickness. 

Not only has this design gone through many generations of actual use by a professional bladesmith, but we are still here and improving the design so if you have any questions or special requirements, perhaps an idea for a future upgrade, optional extra or one off attachment, please don't hesitate to get in contact.

Purchasing:

Batch 2 is now ready to go, thank you to all that pre ordered! Batch 3 is available to pre order, we will announce production on our Instagram page after we move workshop. 

Normaler Preis £175.00 GBP
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