THAT KNIFE YOU USE

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  1. Nov 25, 2018 #31

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    Hi,

    This is an old thread but I'm hoping someone can help me. I have several old Uber knives that I got some time ago and would like to find blades. I love these knives so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
     
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    Pictures make a difference. Might help if there are a lot of Uber knives to select for.
     
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    modified #11 blades scalpal from what I have found... I would like to see an Uber knife as I have heard about them.
     
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    uber2.jpg Here is a shot of the knife, in comparison to an old x-acto I have.
     
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    Thanks for the tip, I'll try them. Many people talk about sharpening their blades, which I've been avoiding, but having a source for new blades is what I'm really looking for.
     
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    Thanks for the link! I have a package of razor saw blades, purchased from Micromark.

    https://www.micromark.com/Ultra-Fine-Saw-Blade-pack-of-5

    I did not know the blades were available in different pitches.

    While I like to think I am hobbier than average, I do not aspire to be the hobbiest. <smile>

    Thanks, also, for the link to the Grifhold tools ... generally, just "thanks" for your responses in this thread. I thought I was pretty slick running my old No. 11 blades over a diamond sharpening stone. It honestly never occurred to me strop or steel or do anything to hone or deburr the edge.

    edit: and thanks to rachelm for resurrecting the thread.
     
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    I use whatever is sharp and handy. I have a good quality X-acto imitator (better quality than the real thing) with a soft grip handle slightly larger than the classic X-acto skinny, and an X-acto fat, ribbed handle (that usually has a saw in it, but I'll put in a knife blade at need). I like the variety of blade shapes; while most of them see very little use, the rounded No. 10 gets almost as as the No. 11.

    I've done plenty of good cuts with my Swiss Army knife*, which is always on my person or I feel naked. If a break away blade box cutter were to hand I'd use it just as happily, but they rarely are. The bottom line is that it has to be sharp, and pretty much anything sharp enough will do. If I can't painlessly shave a little smooth bald patch into my arm then it's not sharp.

    * At the moment, sad to say, I haven't had access to my sharpening stones for a while, so the trusty Swiss Army is not sharp. I found the stones recently; perhaps tonight I'll whip it back into shape and do the kitchen knives too.
     
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    I've used 1500-1600 grit wet sand paper with great results before. But nothing compares to a new blade.
     
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    I used to do some wood carving. When I was learning the first project the instructor had us do was to make a flat stick with crocus cloth on one side and leather on the other into which we ground rouge. A new blade simply wasn’t sharp enough; we would use the crocus cloth to put a better edge on and then the leather and rouge to polish the edge.
     
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    #1 x-acto style handle and #11 blade is my go-to. I use it for everything requiring precision around the shop. I also use an x-acto razor saw a fair bit, but that will likely stop now that I've got my band saw back in action.
     
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    I use a "Handy Sharp" for a knife sharpener and I carry it in my pocket everywhere I go. The trick is "the lighter you go, (with your pressure) the sharper it (your knife blade) will be. This is pretty much true with any knife sharpener. I absolutely never use the "V" shaped knife sharpeners because they will always take metal off. I do use them though. Maybe once in 10,000 knives that I sharpen. I use the "V" to carve a knife out of a piece of steel; I also use it for sharpening axes, hatchets, machetes, and anything else that I want sharp that has a thick edge. I use these knife sharpeners for sharpening straight razors, scalpels, razor blades, and of course my X-Acto blades. And FWIW, I can shave with my pocket knife. I also use it for sharpening scissors and serrated blades. I also use it on my big replaceable blade knives. I have used one blade for more than seven years now, and it is sharper now than when I bought it. Oh, and unlike with a stone, or any other sharpener, it only takes me about 15 seconds to sharpen a knife. Almost any knife. And all of my kitchen knives are razor sharp also. The Handy Sharp I use the most is the Sharp-N-Spark, because it has a fire starter in the handle, so it become my survival tool. Also, for what it is worth, I live in the foothills of northern Colorado, near the mountains, where I also hunt and fish. This Sharp-N-Spark allows me to dress out my animals easily, because the sharpener is always in my pocket, and I can build a fire to stay warm or for survival. I can also use it to profile the leading edges on my fiberglass fins and clean the alligator clips when hooking up igniters. I hope this is of value to someone.
     
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    It has. Now I know what to ask for or give as a Christmas present, a Spark-n-Sharp.
     
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    I went looking for these sharpeners on the internet and it was hard to find. Finally, I found it at SharpensBest.com. I got mine from Brad Buckner up in Cheyenne, Wyo. If you buy one from him, please tell him I sent you. I think he has a bunch of you tube videos also. You can check them out there.
     

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