Nice job on your write-up. Right on with the loop. The first time I looked at a blade with a loop. It was amazing what you saw. Could not believe how much of the blade had not yet been touched.
I spend hard earned money to buy my knives.
I take care of my knives. I sometimes admire my knives.
And yet... occasionally they bite me!
Thank you. This is a great post. I've used and sharpened knives for years, and I've been hanging around this forum for a long time too. Up until comparatively recent times I've simply swiped my blades over a stone then maybe used a steel, and of course they have performed well enough. This thread has helped me to understand the finer points and terminology of sharpening science that so many folks talk about here. Best wishes from New Zealand
Very good thread!
Wish I found this before I started sharpening...
I suggest a decent but cheap knife to practice on instead of ruining a $350 Chef knife haha!
I bought a $25 caddie slicer to practice and 10 years later it still serves me (retired to home kitchen as long pairing).
This one of the most pragmatic and well related lessons I've read. You literally explained everything I've been questioning through a small spiel.
As a fledgling in the arduous realm of sharpening, you've just saved all of my knives and much of my time.
Thank you sir.
I've been really trying to improve my freehand technique and abilities recently and this thread was very helpful and informative. I've read many threads that are great about giving practical advice on technique, stroke, angles,etc. however, knowing WHY something should be done in a particular way has really improved my sharpening.
I found this post very helpful. I'm glad I signed up here. Thank you
Ok so I just registered after trolling around here for weeks. Anyway not sure if this is a good place for this but I'm just so damn excited that I finally sharpened a knife freehand! It was just a case ss but the fact I brought it to slicing phone book paper all the way down or across with hardly any sound at all has me all giddy that it was freehand (spyderco stones just held in my hand) so I truly have a grasp on burrs and angles and the sound the stone makes so I will go now and dull up something else to freehand! It's a cool feeling noone else would really understand. Freehand dudes!
A most excellent dissertation, sir. I'm relatively new to this forum and, since I've been freehand sharpening knives for 45 years or so, I took my sweet time deciding to read others' opinions on the subject. I truly wish I had had your post in hand when I started. I hate to remember how long it took me to discover(the hard way) what you so eloquently explained in a few minutes' reading.
I have taught my children the same techniques you described (minus the loupe-damn! I wish I'd thought of that! Been clunking around with a huge magnifying glass...). With your permission, I'll print a copy for each of them of your original post to go with the sharpening systems I just ordered for them. I can't think of a better tutorial. Unless you're gonna use one o'them motorized, slotted, chef-knife thingies, you need to read and practice exactly what's in the OP. Thank you.
One of the most informative posts I ve seen in my time at the forums. Puts things in a nice perspective. Thanks for your effort in crafting that discussion.
Thanks I printed it out and its a great help to get started.
fantastic write up, thanks for giving your observations
Nice write up for sure. That being said, when I was a kid, there where two options, low tech being carborundum and high tech being Arkansas stones. There was no internet, no diamond stones and ceramic rods where just thinking about coming out. No one taught me to hone an edge. I spent hours with Arkansas stones until I could pop hairs off of my arm. I guess the point is, just go and sharpen your knife. Create the edge that works for you without spending an arm and a leg. People used rocks for thousands of years with great results.
Thanks for the excellent post. I have been sharpening for many years with hit or miss results. I recently purchased a fine and xfine DMT bench stone and a leather strop. After reading your post and learning that a sharpie can help you keep a more consistent angle I finally got things right and now have a few traditional folders and a leatherman with hair shaving edges!!!
Glad you found it useful.
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