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    Posted: 06 November 2009 at 2:20pm

As much as I love straight edged knives, I have found that having the last part of the blade serrated comes in real handy for cutting thick rope/etc.

 

But a dull knife is useless, and my Gerber is getting dull.  Do you guys have any advice on how to sharpen a serrated edge?  (Typical for me) I have misplaced my sharpening stone so I will be buying a new one here soon, and was wondering if you guys have any tips or products that I will need to sharpen the serrated portion of the blade as well as the straight edge. 

 
 
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You need a special round stone for sharpening serrated blades.

edit- by round, I mean cylindrical. There are plenty of videos/resources on this topic if you google around a little.


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i thought serrated knives never get dull? or is that only certain ones?
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I found some sites telling me to use a special little stone that is triangular in shape, which I don't see working since the gullets are different sizes and rounded. 

Other than online, I can't find a tapered "rat tail" file that states what grit it is.  I hate paying for shipping, it just feels like getting kicked in the nutts.
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Some guys I know use sandpaper around a screwdriver with lots of oil.  Not sure how good that is for the knife though.
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if you really like the knife, take it to a professional.
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Or just send it to a professional.  There are a lot who sharpen knives for $10-15.
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I have a Lansky Sharpening System that does a great job of sharpening knives. They make a serrated blade accessory hones that work well.
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