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Sher Singh





Joined: 15 Nov 2013

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PostPosted: Fri 15 Nov, 2013 8:26 am    Post subject: Sharpening help on Kirpan?         Reply with quote

Hi ,
I am a newbie new member here from North India. I am a Sikh and yes we have long uncut hair and beards Lol.

I have couple of daggers and swords which i would like to sharpen using whetstones i bought

1000/6000 and 8000/10000 grits

The thing that bothers me is that my 3 feet long Kirpan's are curved and i would like to know how would i need to sharpen them .

following link to facebook contains their pics
https://www.facebook.com/sunny.ej/media_set?set=a.10151641274956424.1073741827.707971423&type=3


Thanks in advance
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Greg Ballantyne




Location: Maryland USA
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PostPosted: Fri 22 Nov, 2013 2:37 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I cannot see your pictures, since I am not a Facebook member, but I don't think the curverature of the blades should be an issue. The important thing is the angle between the the stone and the blade, along with the edge profile you either intend to create or preserve. A little research into the configurations of edge profiles should help.
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Sher Singh





Joined: 15 Nov 2013

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PostPosted: Tue 26 Nov, 2013 6:01 am    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Greg ,

Thanks for the reply .
Here's the updated Link >>
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151641274956424.1073741827.707971423&type=1&l=65b315074d
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Jeroen T




Location: Holland
Joined: 23 Oct 2013

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PostPosted: Tue 26 Nov, 2013 10:22 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Hi Sher,

There are probably a lot of members that can give you better sharpening advice then me but the stones you have seem very fine to me. They are for keeping sharp not so much for putting an edge on a blade.
I don't know how sharp your blades are, but if they are very dull you'll probably need some lower grid stones.

Or you can use wet sanding paper, that's what i like to use.
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Tom King




Location: florida
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PostPosted: Tue 26 Nov, 2013 11:16 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Sharpening stones are mostly for maintaining an edge, not grinding one in.

The go to modern solution to sharpening a sword from dull/unsharpened is VERY controlled grinding with a fine grit stationary belt sander, followed by stones or a paper wheel to get it truly sharp. This is how most forumites, people on swordbuyersguide, etc. seem edge their unsharpened swords.
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