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Question About Filet Knives 2 years 6 months ago #582

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Hello Guys
I am new to this forum and have yet to order my WEPS yet, however that will be happening soon. As an avid hunter and fisherman, the benefits of this tool are quite clear. My only question is how do I sharpen a filet knife. I have crawled all over this site and watched all the videos, and have yet to see this happen. It seems like the filet knife would be too flimsy at the end. I did notice that the standard WEPS mentions a stiffener, but the pro pack does not. Can anyone show a picture of how to sharpen a filet knife or perhaps upload a video.

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Re: Question About Filet Knives 2 years 6 months ago #611

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BloodHound wrote:
Hello Guys
I am new to this forum and have yet to order my WEPS yet, however that will be happening soon. As an avid hunter and fisherman, the benefits of this tool are quite clear. My only question is how do I sharpen a filet knife. I have crawled all over this site and watched all the videos, and have yet to see this happen. It seems like the filet knife would be too flimsy at the end. I did notice that the standard WEPS mentions a stiffener, but the pro pack does not. Can anyone show a picture of how to sharpen a filet knife or perhaps upload a video.

Thanks!
Thanks for your patience Aaron.
Your filet knife can be done like any other knife. The Pro Pack will have the support rod in it to help keep the blade from flexing as you paddle the edge.Remember that you don't need to use a lot of pressure with the diamond paddles or strops.
I have a really thin flexible knife blade that I sharpen a lot and what I do is do a count of 3 sweeps with one paddle while giving support to the blade along with the support rod in place, then switch and do three sweeps with the other paddle supporting once again with the other hand alongside the blade. Others may jump in and make other suggestions but in the end, the WEPS will do a fine job on your fillet knife.

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Leo
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Re: Question About Filet Knives 2 years 6 months ago #616

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leomitch wrote:
Thanks for your patience Aaron.
Your filet knife can be done like any other knife. The Pro Pack will have the support rod in it to help keep the blade from flexing as you paddle the edge.Remember that you don't need to use a lot of pressure with the diamond paddles or strops.
I have a really thin flexible knife blade that I sharpen a lot and what I do is do a count of 3 sweeps with one paddle while giving support to the blade along with the support rod in place, then switch and do three sweeps with the other paddle supporting once again with the other hand alongside the blade. Others may jump in and make other suggestions but in the end, the WEPS will do a fine job on your fillet knife.

Best regards
Leo

Thanks Leo, this went straight into my WEP Tips file. I'm going to try this method on a very slim boning knife I've been thinking about how to sharpen for a week!
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Re: Question About Filet Knives 2 years 6 months ago #618

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Welcome, Bloodhound!

+1 on the no pressure Leo mentioned. Those fillet blades like to flex, and that can work against you if you're not careful.

IIRC, the instruction manual on the WEPS covers the use of fillet blades and the support rod. (Yes, I actually read the manual when I got my WEPS... :blush: )
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Re: Question About Filet Knives 2 years 6 months ago #621

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Thanks guys for the great tips. Does anyone happen to have a picture of that support rod in use?
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