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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

JRE EMS Sharpening System

When I stopped in at JRE Industries last week to finish grinding my venison Dan handed me his newest invention, the EMS Sharpening System.

The systems consists of a sharpening platform and a sealed package of abrasives from coarse Emery Cloth to a piece of stropping leather with many, many steps in between. The sharpening platform measures 7.75" X 3" and can be hand held or mounted into a vise. It is covered with a dense neoprene foam which provides enough give to support your convex edges.

I count a total of 15 sheets of abrasive plus the leather which you can load with your favorite stropping compound or use bare. The sheets consist of the following:

Coarse, Medium, and Fine Emery Cloth
320, 400, 600, 1000, 1500, and 2000 grit wet/dry abrasive (2 sheets of each)

The whole system seems very intuitive and simple. You rotate the clamp handles on the platform 180° to loosen, insert the end of your abrasive/leather, return the handle to the original position, and repeat for the other side. Now you're ready to sharpen. There's no more gluing down abrasive sheets or having six sharpening boards (one for each grit) PLUS the strop board. (Yes, this is how I have done it in the past.)

I'm going to take the EMS System for a test run later today once I can find a sufficiently dull knife--not an easy task around here.

There's more information about this system on the JRE Industries page and I'm sure Dan and/or Spen would be happy to answer any other questions you may have so drop them an email or give them a call and make sure you let them know that you read about the EMS Sharpening System here.

Thanks for reading,



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