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  • How to sharpen a grafting knife?

    Please see here, on the minute 7 or slightly before:

    http://ifasgallery.ifas.ufl.edu/pls3...o_grafting.mp4
    USDA z 10a, SoCal. WL: De la Roca, Lampeira Prush, Raspberry Tart, Boysenberry Blush

  • #2
    I plan on handing mine to Hershell
    Cutting sales on willsfigs.com started Nov 1 and will continue till about March 1.

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    • #3
      I am not real good at sharpening knifes. I normally just use disposable utility knife blades for grafting. What I question about this guy is that does not even appear to be a grafting knife. Most Grafting knifes only have the bevel on one side. Why is he turning it over and sharpening the other side? Do you work the non-beveled side as well? Like I said my sharpening knowledge is sub-par.
      Phil North Georgia Zone 7 Looking for: All of them, and on and on,

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      • drphil69
        drphil69 commented
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        You are quite correct, one side of a typical grafting knife is flat, so only one edge is sharpened.

    • #4
      I think when the time comes, I may just take it to one of the local farmers market that I frequent (Great Park in Irvine, SOHO in Costa Mesa) all have a professional knife sharpener. Doesn't seem like it goes for much especially for something so small.

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      • #5
        I can't use a one sided knife. I use one side to cut the root stock and then the other to cut the scion. The angle that he was using to sharpen the knife with would make a good wedge. I hope it was for demo only. I lay the blade flat and then lift the back edge just a tiny bit.
        Nothing in the world takes the place of growing citrus till figs come along. Ray City, Ga. Zone 8 b.

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        • #6
          Hershell,
          Do you sharpen the knives yourself? What grade of the stones do you use? And lubricant ?

          JLee,
          I have seen the guy at our farmer's market too. He was mostly working the kitchen knives . If the stone is right, it doesn't look too difficult .
          USDA z 10a, SoCal. WL: De la Roca, Lampeira Prush, Raspberry Tart, Boysenberry Blush

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          • #7
            I make my knives and use fine diamond stone. I use spit for lubricant. It removes sap that is stuck on the blade and I'm not worried about it damaging the graft. I wouldn't want to use oil or something that I wasn't sure about. Somehow I always have my preferred with me. I am going to stare a thread to share some pix.
            Nothing in the world takes the place of growing citrus till figs come along. Ray City, Ga. Zone 8 b.

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