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Spyderco Byrd DuckFoot Sharpener with Leather Sheath & Instruction DVD

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Part Number: SPBY200
Manufacturer: Byrd Knives
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BY200 Duckfoot Sharpener® Byrd Knife®

Spyderco Byrd DuckFoot Sharpener with Leather Sheath & Instructional DVD. A New Species of Knife Sharpener Offered Exclusively By Spyderco

Byrd Knife engineers began referring to their new sharpening device as the Duckfoot in their initial design phase simply for lack of a better name.  It stuck and it fits.  The Duckfoot sharpening device is shaped like a duck’s foot with varying shapes for sharpening different edges.  All told it offers around 15 square inches of diamond coated sharpening surface for sharpening any tool.  It starts as a steel form and uses nickel plating to bond 600 mesh mono-crystaline diamonds to the steel.  The diamond particles do not require pressing hard when sharpening- (in fact if you press too hard you can dislodge the particles).  Gentle pressure does it.  The angles and sides include: a 1” X 5” flat diamond stone, 3 grooves including a wide radius channel for de-burring and a narrow radius channel for honing pointed objects. By holding it vertically on a tabletop it tilts from one side to the other raising one edge off the tabletop and creating a 20° angle (40° total angle) for sharpening knife blades.  The sides are elliptically shaped.  There is a surface with large radius for sharpening PlainEdges and a small radius for SpyderEdges (serrations). Lay it horizontally and it creates a 12.5° angle designed for sharpening scissors.   It comes packaged in a suede leather carry case that doubles as a non-skid counter top pad while sharpening.  A detailed instruction DVD is also included.

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State College, PA
Oct 06, 2009
Pros: Effectiveness, Overall Quality, Ease of Use
Cons: None
I bought this specifically to restore beat-up serrated edges, but it can certainly be used to sharpen just about anything. The included DVD with Sal Glesser showing you how to use the sharpener is great. It is too soon for me to say if the diamonds will last as well as DMT diamond sharpeners (Sal recommends using light pressure so as to not dislodge the diamonds on the Duckfoot). I use DMT diamond stones and they keep working even with heavy pressure. I am going to use a lighter touch with this Duckfoot. The Duckfoot is totally coated in diamonds and provides a 'guide' for a 20 degree-per-side edge by rocking it back and forth to sharpen on each side. There is a flat benchstone-like section also. It is a very reasonable price, and probably the best option out there for a coarser sharpener for serrations.
3 out of 5
Ed Jankowski
Jun 27, 2009
Pros: Effectiveness, Ease of Use
Cons: None
This product seems alright
This product seems alright, it still requires a finishing stone or rod to complete the job.
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