My ESEE6 Sharpening With Water Stones




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Ben Maynard: This is the real life hatori hanzo. Thanks for the video and you are a very talented man. Such a beautiful beautiful edge. I wish I could do this....good job.

vollickplays: i like how you speak, and sharpen things! 

Maurice Hernaiz: great stuff . Very informational . 

JAWOL NEIN: 17:33 hhmmmm hahahaha sorry nice sharpening ways!

Dave Potokar: Great video. I really like listening to you. And your technique is amazing to watch. Thank you.

LVI BushcraftandSurvival: I love both the Japanese water stones, and convex edge. I have done the same to a couple of my own knives. Also, I use a 12,000 grit Japanese water stone to sharpen my razor that I use for shaving my face. This method that you are showing is probably the best ever for making a knife extremely sharp, and strong. Good job. 

zackrowe1: THE King of sharpening! and stropping!

ziggmann1: Blades are pure ART in Japan!

TheBladebuster: @jtdbs I think the question is how many knives has virtuovice tested. I know he get rid of the ones that are not "virtuovice approved" :)

Canesser: Exactly. Looking forward to getting a 17" double sided leather strop and polishing compounds . . . and a Bark River knife!

virtuovice: I don't have it any more. At that moment I planned to use is as an anti-bear weapon since we cannot own a hand gun. But its top edge was real sharpened and seemed a bit dangerous to me. And the both side edges can be against Japanese knife law. Then I dulled it. Thanks.

virtuovice: @jtdbs I keep only favorite knives. So I have around 40 knives now. Thanks.

sKeM2k9: What is the name of that sheath that came with the altoids tin? Does the inside of the sheath dull the knife at all?

Oni Hall: What kind of stone is that at 6:10?

kingmanted: Here's a man who knows how to sharpen a knife,haha.

virtuovice: @knivesfishwild I have mistaken some times in the past. So the 白 is the essential symbol for me. Thank you!

seihaz: You make it look so simple.... I've try whole day without success.... thank you for sharing...

ILOVEFIATBRAVA: you sound like Arnold shvarceneger

Canesser: After watching many of your videos today, felt privileged to sit in a front row seat of a master. So appreciate your generosity in sharing such knowledge and helping me with making a confident knife choice. When I saw the incredible symmetry of your re-profiling done free hand, I realized the skill you've developed over many years of practice. You have a new fan from Canada. Many thanks.

virtuovice: Plastic sheaths from ESEE don't dull the edge at all. As a fighting knife I think nimbleness is important especially to fight a bad guy. Even if I was stabbed on my belly, I will thrust the opponent's neck with the razor sharp 5 inch blade. The fight should end in an instance. I cannot assume a long battle. I assume just a thrust. To fight a bear, if we had no blade length limitation by law, I would have some cold steel long knife in a leather sheath. Its plastic sheath dulls the edge. Thanks.

sKeM2k9: I totally agree with the nimbleness, and yes to me it is very important. What knife do you think is best for fighting bad guys? (Must be light, and must have a cross guard) Please let me know what knife you think is best for self defense/combating bad guys?

Oni Hall: @virtuovice Well i guess i'll do the same exact thing in the "Scandi short KaBar USMC knife" video

Yoshi: the 3000 grit stone is so silent

virtuovice: Cross guard will not be necessary for a single thrust to a guy. I think Kabar BK-17 clip point knife is the best one. Its guard design on the handle will be secure enough to fight a guy with. I reground its bevel from its starting line to make a 25 degree zero secondary edge. It is one of my sharpest knives. Thanks.

virtuovice: The sheath is MOLLE Back and its accessory pouch. You can get it in black or green from The-Knife-Connection > Knife Accessories > Sheaths/Carry Accessories > ESEE. The sheath itself is the original one which comes with the knife. Thanks.

OnRappel: I think it is funny that Japan has laws concerning how long a knife blade can be considering they are the land of katana and samurai swords. Do you have any experience with tanto-style knives? What are your thoughts?

Oni Hall: Do you think i can make a knife razor sharp by using the 220 or 250 grit stone and still polish it with a 6000 grit stone?

Shutterguy: I wish I could sharpen my ESEE-6 as well as you. Thanks for making the video!

virtuovice: @sgtschmitty8013 ESEE6 has a full flat bevel. ESEE5 has a saber grind though. Thanks.

Stefan Wolf: Another great sharpening job ;)

Phil W.: Very nice video on sharpening. +1 I agree with you completely about the sharpened backside of the blade being foolish/pointless. Try putting dryer lint in the steel box with the fire starter as it will ignite easily from sparks. Also anti-biotic ointment packets will fit in the box and can be used for your cuts or starting fires.

virtuovice: @sgtschmitty8013 I don't think so. The #6000 stone is very very fine and has little sharpening power in my experience. I recommend you #1000/#4000 combination stone and white compound loaded leather stropping after that rather than #6000 stone. The #6000 stone seems to need strict angle holding during honing and I was not able to do it properly. Thanks.

sKeM2k9: Thanks for the quick response. Does the sheath make the knife dull when taking it out or putting it in? Question 2: I am trying to buy a knife that is good for both bush crafting and self defense against a bear or even people. Do you have any recommendations for what knife would be the best choice? (The knife MUST have a cross guard) Thanks in advance.

virtuovice: @MrEShue I cannot find out the reason. I understand the both are basically identical. The water stones are more clean because the ground metal powder goes into the kitchen drain with water. The sandpapers are more useful because they don't need water and can be done anywhere. Thanks.

virtuovice: @OnRappel I actually measured my intuitional sharpening angle to be between 10 and 15 degrees. So the stone finished edge must have been around 25 degrees. And after that I convexed it on the black compound leather which must have deepen the edge angle. But the final angle was clearly sharper than the factory 30 degree edge. So I just assumed my semi convex edge was 28 degrees or so. Thanks.

lobo9er: how throwing some band aids and matches in the metal box

sKeM2k9: Thank you, I appreciate the time you took to actually write a guide to find it on the site. Great videos by the way, keep it up!

Hunter Green: I do not understand what the difference is from black and white. Please explain. Thanks, huntergreenbro at yahoo dot com

Jason Vella: G'day, I've watched a couple of your videos, you mention a few knives, can you write a list of what is your choice deer skinning and boning knives please? Also, do you place any emphasis or preference on the type of steel as well? With regards to sharpening your knives where should I start? What griot stones would you suggest as a bare minimum for keeping good sharp knives? Do you have any info re where to purchase etc? Your videos are very interesting and informative. Thanks.

virtuovice: @ILOVEFIATBRAVA I have learned English much from his Terminator movies. It's true!

markwest1987: Nice videos my friend. BTW, are you Japanese?

virtuovice: @sgtschmitty8013 It's a #220 green carbide stone. Which is coarse and soft, and very useful for the initial edge reprofiling. Thanks.

virtuovice: @jeffersontool I chose rampless SS Gunny with micarta scales. It's a very versatile knife. Its edge is easy to maintain by means of sharpening/stropping and rust resistance. Micarta is tougher than wood. Its handle is very comfortable to grip. Thanks.

bobosantos1: Great edge! You keep doing what works best for you. There's always going to be critics especially here on youtube. I would love to put a micro convex edge on my Essee Junglas!

jeffersontool: The funny thing is that these knives are made by the same Manufacturer (Rowen) so they have the same heat treat. Rowen also makes Tops knives.

JD Dirt: Try a small ziplock baggie(like they give you at the dentist or the doctor for meds & you do work med field so just get 6 to 8 cotton balls,smear them with petroleum jelly,seal them up, put them in the can with the ferro rod & you have 6 or 8 instant fires so your good for a week if stranded. fire a day & they burn FOREVER even with damp wood, you should give them a try in your stove you use!) you only need a spark to get them going, just have your tinder & wood ready! Cheers from the US! ~Roo~

Живко Добрев: How much knives do you have???

virtuovice: @OrangePHX I recommend you #3000 or #4000 stone as the final stone. ! have #6000 and #8000 stones but don't use them at all now. It's because they are literally useless and make the edge sharper very little. In contrast the white compound loaded leather makes the edge much sharper just after #3000 stone when I don't need a convex edge. It's an essential step in my sharpening method instead of very fine stones. Thanks.

virtuovice: @ChristianKnowledge I have bought many of my ESEE knives from the US. The-Knife-Connection is a big stocking dealer of ESEE knives and they charge me only $12 to ship to Japan. Thanks.

virtuovice: @sgtschmitty8013 I guess a double bevel is a saber grind with a secondary V edge like KaBar USMC knife. The USMC knife has 30 degree primary bevels, and a 40 degree V edge. If your Night Stalker has the same angle, it will be very difficult to make it razor sharp. To do it you will have to regrind it from the beginning of the primary bevel to the edge. Then the new bevels will make a 30 degree sharp edge like a Scandi grind. I have a video "Scandi Short KaBar USMC knife" in my channel. Thanks.

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My ESEE6 sharpening with water stones 5 out of 5

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