Knife Sharpening Service

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Mercer Knife Sharpening

Mercer 8" Chef Knife Sharpening Service in Mobile Alabama: Super Sharp Shop - 251-583-5955

Mercer 8″ Chef Knife Sharpening Service
Mobile Alabama
Super Sharp Shop – 251-583-5955

Mercer knives are a good value and I enjoy working on them. They can be challenging at times, especially when they see heavy use and inadequate care. This was the case when a local chef brought in her Mercer 8″ chef knife for reconditioning and sharpening.

This particular knife had quite a bit of damage and I am not sure I can figure out what caused the damage but the chef did say the knife had been sharpened on some type of wall mounted sharpening device. If I had to take a guess, from the looks of the knife edge, I would say the knife was probably pushed into the sharpening mechanism too strongly and twisted as it was removed. There were large gaps of the cutting edge broken off and three bends in the edge elsewhere.

Here is a photo of the knife edge under magnification.

Knife Repair and Reconditioning in Mobile AL: Call Super Sharp Shop at 251-583-5955

Knife Repair and Reconditioning in Mobile AL: Call Super Sharp Shop at 251-583-5955

As you can see, it is pretty rough. My challenge was to not only sharpen the blade but to restore a working edge with bends in addition to the large chips. Actually, the damage was much more than chips — some of the missing cutting edges were up to an inch long!

Nothing to do here but start over with profiling the edge. I started with a 42 degree bevel for the edge foundation and worked the edge with first 220 grit and progressing to 1000 grit. The 42 degree edge was quite sharp after about an hour of re-profiling and polishing but Mercer Chef Knives are designed for a 22 degree cutting edge. So, next a 22 degree edge was built on top of the 42 degree edge. This guarantees a strong edge that should not damage as easily as having a 22 degree edge only. Starting with a few minutes on 400 grit, I progressively worked thru 600 grit and 1000 grit. Then I sat down in front of my TV and spent about 30 mintues polishing the edge with 2000 polishing tape and finally 3000 polishing tape. The knife turned out beautifully and I am going to recommend to the chef to stay away from that wall mounted sharpener, whatever it is, and use only a ceramic rod to keep the knife sharp.

Have you got a problem knife? I cannot guarantee success on every knife but I do enjoy a challenge. Call Terry at two-five-one | five-eight-three | 5955.



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Published: April 15, 2016

Guy Fieri Chef’s Knife Sharpening

Guy Fieri Knife Sharpeing in Mobile AL

Knife Sharpening in Mobile Alabama


Guy Fieri Knife Sharpeing in Mobile AL

Guy Fieri Knife Sharpeing in Mobile AL

It’s a real pleasure to sharpen knives for people that know quality. Take a look at this beauty, a Guy Fieri ER 28 Knuckle Sandwich Chef’s Knife with 8-Inch Blade. It’s made of High Carbon German Stainless Steel. I put a twenty degree bevel on this beauty and it cuts like no tomorrow. This was the fanciest knife out of a group of five this customer brought for sharpening.

If you need knives sharpened in Mobile AL or Baldwin County Alabama, give me a call at 251-583-5955

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Published: January 28, 2016

Sharpening The Case USMC Combat Knife

Case USMC Combat Knife

Mobile Alabama Sharpening Service

Sharpening the Case USMC Combat Knife

Marine Corps Fixed Blade


Case USMC Combat Knife Marine Corps Fixed Blade

Sharpening Mobile Alabama
Sharpening the
Combat Knife
Marine Corps Fixed Blade

Hunting season is upon us and our knife sharpening business is busy with sportsmen bringing in camping equipment and hunting equipment to be sharpened. Most hunters want and need a rugged field knife with the intent of skinning game and using for camp chores such as whittling tent pegs and such. A customer recently brought a Case USMC Combat Knife which is about as close to the original as I have ever seen. It is a strong thick bladed knife with leather grips and tough as tough can be.

The problem with this knife is no different than every new knife one can buy; it is not sharp. The customer said he had done all he could do and wanted us to see if we could put an edge on the knife. This knife, a dead-on reproduction of the prototype submitted to the U.S. Armed Forces, is made of blackened 1095 carbon steel. It has a 7″ blade. The knife was intended to be a commemorative knife and offered as a gift to knife collectors or others that appreciate quality knives. Therefore, not much effort was made to have the knife extremely sharp right off the assembly line. And, to boot, 1095 is an alloy carbon steel – iron with 0.95% carbon added. It is hard, hard stuff and heat treated to 56RC – 60RC. This is exactly why the customer could not get an edge on it. Unless you have the equipment, knowledge and time, you will be pretty much wasting your time.

Take a look at the width of the factory edge. Anyone that purchases this knife should be extremely grateful that Case went to the trouble of doing this. There is years and years worth of edge to work with here. Here is what I did and what you should do to sharpen this knife:

First, forget about “razor sharp.”  This knife and others like it is designed to be a fighting or survival knife capable of doing many things but not shaving. Putting a “razor sharp” edge on this knife is possible but it would not hold up to the many things the knife will be used for. You cannot cut animal hide or chop a tree limb with a razor. Try it some time to see for yourself. So, this knife was reprofiled with a 24 degree edge starting with a 220 grit stone and made progressively sharper using 400 grit, 600 grit and finallya  1000 grit stone. Then the edge was polished with 2000 grit and 3000 grit finishing tape. It is sharp as all get out but you cannot shave with it.

Case Knife USMC

Case Knife USMC


This is a picture of the knife as I was holding it in bright sunlight with the cutting edge towards the camera. As you can see, there is no shiny edge showing. If there was, then that would mean the blade was not sharp. A sharpened blade will be too thin to reflect any light.




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Super Sharp Shop
Mobile AL Sharpening Service

Here is a view with the blade turned to show the reprofiled edge. A nice job even if I do say so myself.

This knife should be maintained with a ceramic rod only.

If you have hunting knives, chainsaws, hatchets or axes you need sharpened, please give me a call. I guarantee satisfaction.


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Published: September 28, 2015