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How to take a knife from dull to Scary Sharp!

Learn knife shop owner Hank Gevedon's "secret sauce" for using basic knife sharpening tools to sharpen your dull knife blade to Scary Sharp.

Student Reviews

  • Great knives, great course!

    Dustin Barton

    Really enjoyed this class and Hanks teaching style! The pace is perfect for applying the skills as you go and there’s a huge amount of detail he shares from ...

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    Really enjoyed this class and Hanks teaching style! The pace is perfect for applying the skills as you go and there’s a huge amount of detail he shares from his knowledge and experience. Not only do you get the sharpening skills but you get a lot of extra tips and tricks for using materials that you might have laying around or are easy to find, building your own set up, or safe ways to practice. Also had a question about sharpening high carbon steel which Hank responded to right away. Definitely recommend this course if you are interested in building your sharpening skills! Also get yourself a whiskey knife if you like really cool, sharp knives.

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  • Relearned some old skills and many new tricks

    darren grumbridge

    Enjoyed this short course very much. Very pleasant delivery. Have already used my new skills to put a fine new edge on my daily carry Case Stockman. It now h...

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    Enjoyed this short course very much. Very pleasant delivery. Have already used my new skills to put a fine new edge on my daily carry Case Stockman. It now has a better edge than when it was new. Looking forward to resharpenning all my household and workshop edges!

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  • What a Great and Informative Course!

    Johan McElroy

    I thoroughly enjoyed this knife sharpening course. I've sharpened knives all different ways that I've seen my Grandfather and Father do but never really unde...

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    I thoroughly enjoyed this knife sharpening course. I've sharpened knives all different ways that I've seen my Grandfather and Father do but never really understood about the burr. I've watched many You tube videos on knife sharpening but nothing explained or showed it like this course does. I know I can bring any knife and even my machete's to a "scary sharp edge now that I understand exactly what I'm doing. Thank you so much!

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  • Your knife is worth it!

    Aaron/ Hutch Hutchings

    Whether you carry an inexpensive knife or something high end, your knife deserves this video. I have been sharpening knives for decades and never had a knife...

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    Whether you carry an inexpensive knife or something high end, your knife deserves this video. I have been sharpening knives for decades and never had a knife this sharp before. If you use a knife on a regular basis this course is worth its weight in gold.

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  • Reptile Sharp: How to Take a Knife from Dull to Scary Sharp

    Mark Bluth

    Clearly takes you from a completely dull blade to a scary sharp one in easy to understand steps.

    Clearly takes you from a completely dull blade to a scary sharp one in easy to understand steps.

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  • Must see if you want a sharp knife

    Robert Marlow

    Step-by step instructions are well done. I’ve sharpened knives years and found this course very helpful.

    Step-by step instructions are well done. I’ve sharpened knives years and found this course very helpful.

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  • Awesome Course!

    William Comeau

    This course was awesome! Hank taught it very down to Earth and easy to understand. He showed me things I would have never thought of including additional ide...

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    This course was awesome! Hank taught it very down to Earth and easy to understand. He showed me things I would have never thought of including additional ideas of taking sharpening materials/tools in the field which take up minimal space in your pack. I am a knife maker myself (although not near as experienced as Hank) and I learned techniques and gathered ideas I did not have before taking this course. I would recommend this course to anyone, beginner or experienced alike.

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  • Great explanations!

    John Francis

    Really increased my understanding! For years I have been using a stone and probably seldom developing a burr! That explains why my knives are scary dull when...

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    Really increased my understanding! For years I have been using a stone and probably seldom developing a burr! That explains why my knives are scary dull when I use a whetstone. Great pace and very useful tips. I'm ready to really make some knives sharp. Thanks!

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  • GREAT JOB!!! Enjoyed the course very much!

    KERRY BISHOP

    Very informative and very helpful. I never knew a lot about sharpening my tools but now I know! Thanks!

    Very informative and very helpful. I never knew a lot about sharpening my tools but now I know! Thanks!

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    FRED SHAFFER

    Great course for a beginner or refresher. Very easy explanation and instruction.

    Great course for a beginner or refresher. Very easy explanation and instruction.

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  • Scary Effective Course!

    Jason Stetler

    Takes the mystery out of knife sharpening. Straight forward. Effective. The instructor breaks down every step with clear instruction. His extensive experienc...

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    Takes the mystery out of knife sharpening. Straight forward. Effective. The instructor breaks down every step with clear instruction. His extensive experience is evident. Will keep as a resource that I refer to often.

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BONUS TUTORIALS!

Not only will Hank teach you how to use a whetstone, crock stick, and leather strop to sharpen your knife blade from dull to scary sharp, but you'll also receive these BONUS lessons!

  • How to make your own Portable & Inexpensive Abrasive Stick Sharpener.

  • How to sharpen serrated knife blades!

  • How to improvise your own powered knife sharpening grinders to sharpen knives like the pros!

  • How to properly test a knife's sharpness by using the Paper Keeness Test.

Course curriculum

  • 1
    WELCOME
    • Welcome to the Course!
  • 2
    Knife Nomenclature
    • Grind, Bevel, and Burr
  • 3
    STEP-BY-STEP: How to sharpen a knife to Scary Sharp.
    • Generating a Burr with a WHETSTONE
    • Refining Your Burr with a CROCK STICK (Hank's Secret Sauce)
    • Making Your Knife Scary Sharp with a LEATHER STROP
    • BONUS: How to Make Your Own Inexpensive & Portable Abrasive Sharpening Stick
    • How to Sharpen Serrated Knife Blades
  • 4
    DIY POWERED MECHANICAL GRINDERS
    • Power Drill Grinder
    • Improvised Belt Grinder
  • 5
    FINAL THOUGHTS
    • Final Thoughts & Next Steps

Meet Your Instructor

  • Hank Gevedon

    Hank Gevedon

    Hank Gevedon has a Bachelor’s of Science in technology education, secondary education, as well as a Master’s degree in technical education, and a principalship in vocational education. He currently operates Reptile Toolworks in Mt. Vernon, KY, which manufactures outdoors and survival items and is the home of Whiskey Knives and other small batch blades.