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    The title says it all, I just want opinions on your favorite power sharpening method. I simply use a 1x30" belt sander and do the rest by hand. I feel its important to understand the fundamentals of sharpening by hand before you attempt to try power sharpening. I'm thinking about upgrading my power sharpening system, but don't know if there is anything out there that I just absolutely need. I'd like to hear what you use. Gouges are my main topic here.

    Thanks!

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    I use the Tomz for sharpening, 1x30 with a leather belt for stropping.

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    • #3
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      My favorite is the Burke sharpening system.
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      • #4
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        Tomz for me

        Shakey

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        • #5
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          I use the Burke System for Gouges and Knives.
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          • #6
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            I know a lot of folks that use power successfully...I have tried it and not so good of results as them. Of course, I do not power sharpen regularly and it obviously has a learning curve like anything else. I can do an adequate job of sharpening by hand so I will stick with it. I am retired, and took up carving to pas the time..I don't need to speed up my sharpening so I have more time to occupy. The only thing I know for sure about power sharpening is that as fast as you can sharpen on a power system, that is how fast you can get into trouble and screw up a tool a well. I hope you find a system that works for you.

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            • #7
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              I like my Tormek, but truthfully I use it mostly from the slow speed leather honing wheel. I do use the stone wheel occasionally, but as often as not I will use hand-held Japanese waterstones when I need to actually remove metal and sharpen a gouge..

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              • #8
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                2" wide soft Arkansas stone and a home made leather strop. Powered by elbow grease. Strop frequently and you really don't need to use the stone very much.

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                • #9
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                  Another Burke fan here...Actually, mine is a homemade copy of a Burke system. When I started carving, I couldn't afford a Burke machine, so I built my own. I'm still using it today, but the two speed clothes dryer motor is starting to make some noise.

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                  • #10
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                    As a carver, I think hand stones are all you need for touch up or repair, and maybe a power hone to speed things along there. Few seconds on a power wheel is a lot of strokes on a hand strop. I made an 8" diameter wheel of MDF and glued an old leather belt around it, power it with a drill clamped to the bench. Prolly 100 rpm. Haven't touched my hand strop since.

                    As knifemaker I use a Tomz massager. If you want to power hone that's a good choice, doubt you would need coarser than 1200 grit diamond as a carver.

                    If you want to make or mod knives you might need to go as low as 200 grit diamond.
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                    • #11
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                      I also use the Burke system. I've only had to actually sharpen a couple of knife edges (after dropping them on concrete and chipping the edge). I do all of my stropping with it. I have the system with the secondary set of wheels on the front. Love it.

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                      • #12
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                        Thanks all,
                        I appreciate all the info. As regards elbow grease, that's fine if it works for you. But I should have clarified, I'm approaching this as a knife maker. I need a little giddy-up if you know what I mean. I've used homemade jig on a grinder (with special stones) for years that my grandfather and I made but it just broke the other day and I'm looking for a new solution to try. Besides, it wasn't as good at little blades. I've been doing those by hand with a little power mixed in. I just wanted to hear what systems you all employ. This has really got me thinking... I hear a lot of Tomz and Burke. Food for thought. I'd like to be able to do gouges, too-so I'm trying to factor that into the equation. Much appreciated At thewoodcraftshop.com, I see several different Burke systems. A Tote, Original, and Complete model. Any recommendation there?

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                        • #13
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                          You can sharpen gouges on the Tomz, it sharpens all.

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                          • #14
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                            I have the regular size Burke and use it for gouges, v-tools, knives, large or small. It is tall enough that I don't bend over much when sharpening, which is easy on the back. But it is pretty heavy to lug around to carving club and seminars, so I am thinking about buying the tote also. I saw one several months ago and it was much more portable than mine.
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