Sharpening a Mora knife using a fake Edgepro

The edge on my very used stainless steel Mora knife (before using the fake edgepro)
The edge on my very used stainless steel Mora knife (before using the fake Edgepro)

Over the past few weeks, I have been trying to sharpen my knife using the fake Edgepro knife sharpening set I got early this month. I decided to experiment sharpening my ‘cheap’ (but damn good) stainless steel Mora knife before I move on to the more ‘expensive’ blades. This knife has gone and done all sort of cutting jobs with me. From filleting fishes to batoning light branches, this knife is my user. All this while, I freehand sharpen the blade. Its now time to try on something more ‘technical’.

I guess the whole idea of the Edgepro system is quite smart. Have a system that allows the user the get back on the blade’s edge angle and sharpen it consistently. In principle that is how other knife sharpening system works as well I guess (like Wicked Edge). The only edge that would probably be difficult for a guided system like this would be the convex edge.

Made some 'stones' using sand paper and double sided tape
Made some ‘stones’ using sand paper and double sided tape

The first thing I did was to make some ‘stones’ for the sharpening system using wood, wet/dry sandpaper and double sided tape. As mentioned in the earlier post, the seller of this fake/ replica set do not sell replacement stones…something which got me really pissed especially when the seller only told me after I have made the payment.

Getting ready to use my fake/ replica Edgepro knife sharpening set
Getting ready to use my fake/ replica Edgepro knife sharpening set
Not the sharpest Mora knife
Not the sharpest Mora knife

I started the sharpening process with the 400 grit sandpaper and slowly made my way to the 1200 grit. It was a tedious process I felt. Getting the right angle and getting the hang of the motion especially when using my left hand is an awkward feeling. The results after the forst 20 strokes were somewhat obvious. The blade itself is not made of hard steel, hence sand paper-ing the edge can be a rather quick process.

After about 20 strokes on the 400 grit, some result!
Some result after about 20 strokes on the 400 grit

I wasn’t really happy with the result of the first attempt. I decided to hold off writing about it. I did something wrong then which I think I manage to correct on the second attempt. Particularly keeping a steady pressure on the sharpening rod when going through the motion on the knife’s edge. I had more time to try my hands on the second attempt and after about 30 minutes of sharpening, my Mora knife started to show some improvements.

My Mora has finally gotten a bit more 'cut' on its edge
My Mora has finally gotten a bit more ‘cut’ on its edge
A more constant and even sharpening on the edge of my Mora knife
A more constant and even sharpening on the edge of my Mora knife

The edge on my stainless steel Mora knife has certainly improved. It cuts better and smoother after being put through the fake Edgepro sharpening system. I have seen some knives that has hair shaving edges after being sharpened on a ‘real’ Edgepro and I wonder if I could one day achieve that with my fake kit. I honestly doubt if buying the real Edgepro will make a difference. The entire system of the fake it seems sturdy and well built. The only thing that would probably make the difference is the stones used.

Almost a new edge on my Mora knife
Almost a new edge on my Mora knife

After some good strokes and repetitions on the 1200 grit sandpaper, my Mora knife performs so much better. Not as good as factory sharpness but close and good enough for me. A sharp Mora knife for everyday use is God sent. I now have a few more knives lined up to be sharpened using the fake Edgepro sharpening set.