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    How dull/dinged up can you stand your edge to be?


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    Lately I've been catching myself sharpening my knives over the littlebest bit of dulling or edge deformation. Basically if I can hold it under a flash light and see even the tiniest little glint of light I feel the urge to sharpen it to get the edge "perfect".

    Anyone ever do this? How far from perfect do you let your knife get?

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    If it's not shaving sharp, I sharpen it.

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    I used to be fine as long as I had a working edge. I have a different mindset now. If it's not shaving, I'm hitting the Norton or the dmt's for a couple super light passes, and the strop to put a little polish on the bite.

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    I don't even like the idea of my blades not being able to AT LEAST shred paper with ease.

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    If it can't shave paper/hair and make a feather stick easily, it isn't sharp.

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    I use it until it gets annoying. Then I sharpen it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Black View Post
    If it's not shaving sharp, I sharpen it.
    Same here, I just strop my knives that I use everyday and maintain a fine hair shaving edge. Usually that does the job in normal use.

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    if it doesn't cleanly slice phnebook paper its time to hit the hone or strop

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    I usually just do a regular touch up without checking how dull it is. If the blade went into the dirt, took a hard impact, or someone else used it without me watching...then I check out the edge. You have to cut a fair amount of abrasive stuff to make anything above 440A actually dull.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shunsui View Post
    I use it until it gets annoying. Then I sharpen it.
    Same here.

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    I used to obsess over my edge, but got over it. Now I've actually dialed back and just use my old Boy Scout carborunum stone and put a decent working edge on my knives. As long as it cuts, I'm happy, even if it has a few ding or dull spots on it. If it gets dull I'll sharpen it, but just to put a corse using edge on it. I don't bother anymore with tree topping shaving edges.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Black View Post
    If it's not shaving sharp, I sharpen it.
    Same here. Pretty anal about my edges. I am addicted to the look on people's faces when something just seems to melt when my blade touches it.
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    If there is a hitch when slicing phone book paper, then it bothers me.

    I dropped my gayle bradley and it hit a sidewalk edge down. I took the visible dings out right away but there was a tiny spot you could only see under magnification or feel on phone book paper (even then only going slow). I tried to leave it until the knife needed regular sharpening since it was only a small spot that didnt affect anything but it still annoyed me. I only lasted about a week before I sharpened the whole blade until the ding was removed and the bevel was even.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philwar View Post
    Same here. Pretty anal about my edges. I am addicted to the look on people's faces when something just seems to melt when my blade touches it.
    ^Best reason

    Seeing flat spots & when it doesn't shave my face clean is when I go back to stones/paper. Otherwise usually stropping will do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris "Anagarika" View Post
    ^Best reason

    Seeing flat spots & when it doesn't shave my face clean is when I go back to stones/paper. Otherwise usually stropping will do.
    Same here. If I cant shave arm hair without digging my flesh. Or at a minimum slice receipt or phone book paper. It has to hit the stones.

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    I'm not too anal about the sharpness, as long as it's still a good working edge it's good to go, but if there are dings and chips in the edge, that's where it starts to bother me, because it takes a while to get those out...

    But there is something really nice about a good toilet paper slicing edge, straight off the edge pro...

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    Heh, oh I forgot to mention the shaving thing...

    Even if it shaves hair but I had to press like, AT ALL, I get irritated and feel the need to sharpen it. Then what usually happens is I shave off all my arm hair in the process! lol

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    I usually try to wait until it won't cut typing paper, then sharpen it. I don't try to take out all the dings anymore. Even on my large choppers, that just eats up the blade. I say I try to wait. I usually don't make it.

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    I sharpen a new knife as soon as I get.If I use it at all,I have to touch up the edge.

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    I sharpen my knives razorsharp, so far. Unteil the knife is still cutting pattern in an easy way, it´s still ok. But when it rips through the paper it gets sharpened to the razorsharp edge. This with every knife I own.
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