I am looking for the proper method for sharpening my VG-10 Chiefs knife. I know the basics of sharpening but haven't been able to learn proper techniques for high quality knifes like my new one. Please help!
My deburring routine is several stropping motions on the stone, then pulling the knife through a cork and finishing off by stropping on a leather bench strop.
The only time I've had a problem with a burr was on a carbon knife when I didn't follow my usual routine, what with me being cocky because I was such a brilliant sharpener and all that !!!!
You can replace the cork and leather strop with other materials, such as newspaper etc.
Use Jon's deurring, which I also call the Benuser method because he kept driving it at us. Once a thorough job is done with the lateral strokes I'll scratch it with the scour pad or draw it on cork, then do some light stropping strokes on the stone as there will be some truncation to the edge still after deburring.
I sharpen with 1000, 4000 and 8000 grit stones. I tend to do stropping strokes on each of the stones before moving onto the next one. Don't know if there is any value of stropping on the lower grit stones, I reckon that it can't hurt.
I haven't identified any deburring issues on any of my VG10 knives and I've been sharpening several of them fairly regularly for 2 years now.
Though I do need some new corks.