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I picked these up from a thrift shop, I know the original buffalo skinner is a skinning knife. The second one looks like a boning or fillet knife. I’m having a hard time putting an edge on “the original buffalo skinner” with my spyderco sharper maker, any advice?
 

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I have a 5 stone kit from Lansky that does a great job on blades that are not too flexible. Otherwise, I also have some whetstones (still need to do more practice on those). In a pinch, my belt sander will also put a razor edge on something. ;)
 

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without having it in my hand, i'd say whoever used it before you altered the edge profile, either on purpose or by poor sharpening techniques. i own a sharpmaker. it's two angle set ups are what, 30 & 40 degrees? if that's been reprofiled, you'll have to remove a bunch of metal and it may take a while. it looks like it seen some use in its time, maybe it wasn't maintained at all. if you're not up to golddiggie's belt sander suggestion (i know i'm not good at it) find a little shop and have it professionally done. shouldn't be much over 10 bucks. then you just need to touch up from time to time.
 

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I use 2x72" belts for this (since that's the sander/grinder I have). Usually start off with a 220 grit belt and then progress up to either the 800 or 1000 grit belts. It shaves hair when done, and passes the 'paper test'. It also takes <10 minutes to do this. That includes changing the belts.

When I'm otherwise sharpening a blade, like the two I have from mom right now, I mostly use the Lansky kit. Even on her kitchen knives that had chips taken out of them when I did it two times ago. I also don't know WTF she's doing to need them sharpened so often. Like every couple of months. I've not had to sharpen my kitchen knives in years. Some still have the factory edge on them. Actually, I've only actually sharpened one or two. In the past handful of years, only one of them (in the last few months, after having it at least 10 years). But I digress.

@sig shooter If you want to bring the blades up for some sharpening, let me know. I had tried to use the sharpmaker at one time and found it to suck (for me at least). I like the Lansky kit since it has more positive angle guidance. Plus for the amount it costs it does a great job. I'll let you use the kit. So you just need to get up here. ;)
 

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I've got an "Original Bowie Knife" that looks just like your skinner someplace in my house. I've had it over 30 years and it was old as crap when I got it. If I remember correctly, my Dad found it in a car when he worked in a junkyard and brought it home.

I was never able to get a good edge on it, either. I'll see if I can dig it up and see if there's any markings on it.
 

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I have the same Skinner knife. Bought it new about 45years ago. I recall my dad knowing about the manufacturer and saying it's really good (non-stainless) steel. Holds an edge forever, but hard to sharpen.
 
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