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  1. HeavyHanded

    This one’s kind of interesting.

    If it has no markings of any kind I'd be surprised if it had steel good enough to qualify for sharpening. But...many years ago I bought a cheap katana from Sportsman's Guide - right out of the box I actually cut through a radial tire with it, including the bead bundle (took a few extra swings...
  2. HeavyHanded

    Sharp today, dull tomorrow - is it just me??

    I used to notice this happen years ago, never did figure it out but posts like this do crop up regularly. Using waxed leather sheaths fixed it for my fixed blade carbon steel knives, and my stainless just stay sharp. I honestly don't know what happened to change it, used to blame it on being...
  3. HeavyHanded

    Zwilling J.A. Henkels Small Kitchen Knife

    Normally I start by sighting down and across the edge. If the line has any concavity from being sharpened with a honing rod or pull-through I'll start by resetting the entire edge - grinding the cutting edge until the profile geometry is correct. If it has a forged bolster. that normally needs...
  4. HeavyHanded

    Microbevels

    When freehanding I'm certain the micro is closer to 5 degrees per side. With a guide at 2 degrees the micro winds up about twice as wide to the naked eye as my freehand ones. I recently upgraded the grinder on my Mutitool 2x48 belt grinder attachment and have been tinkering with all the...
  5. HeavyHanded

    Microbevels

    Personally my guide to microbevels involves using a 24-28° initial edge and a micro that is at most 2-4° per side. This cleans up the outside margins of the initial edge and as I like to point out - the apex gets thinner across but a little less acute. As a real-world utility approach example I...
  6. HeavyHanded

    Microbevels

    In my use and experiment the best option comes from some form of coarse edge overlayed with the finest abrasive you have - or at least one that is MUCH finer than the one used to create the initial cutting edge. This allows you to do two things, one is the initial edge can be very coarse for...
  7. HeavyHanded

    DMT EF/EEF 6" Double sided stone

    That works great for a utility edge or quick touchup. The C is just not aggressive enough for rapid edge reset. The XC makes it quick and easy followed by a microbevel on the EF to tailor the edge. A bit rough for some edges, but a nice compromise for a single combo stone. Also have been...
  8. HeavyHanded

    DMT EF/EEF 6" Double sided stone

    That works great for a utility edge or quick touchup. The C is just not aggressive enough for rapid edge reset. The XC makes it quick and easy followed by a microbevel on the EF to tailor the edge. A bit rough for some edges, but a nice compromise for a single combo stone.
  9. HeavyHanded

    DMT EF/EEF 6" Double sided stone

    XC / EF would be perfect for most uses.
  10. HeavyHanded

    Lawn mower blades

    12" mill file brought to a burr, check for balance by hanging off a nail or similar. There is zero point in going finer, these blades are not hardened to any appreciable degree nor would you want them so. Far better to bend if it hits a stump or root than to break and go flying or be tougher...
  11. HeavyHanded

    Ultra sharp 600

    The Atoma are IMHO the best diamond plates you can get. I'm not sure about longevity because I haven't pounded heck out of em yet, but for quality, speed, feedback, they work very well. That said I have been using my 3k Ultrasharp as a finisher since the Atoma line only goes up to 1200, and its...
  12. HeavyHanded

    Sandpaper only?

    I used to use them extensively and also used/sold a plate that was inspired by serrated belt grinder contact rollers to get the most from it. Key tips I learned: - clean the paper often using a pink eraser or crepe rubber block for beltsanders - use a full progression as often as practical...
  13. HeavyHanded

    Why Water Stones?

    I think when it comes to Japanese knives that have double bevel it really doesn't matter. When it comes to single bevel with wide surface contact area and very acute edge, plated diamonds just aren't the best choice. Not that diamonds in general are a bad abrasive choice, that's why so many mfgs...
  14. HeavyHanded

    Angle consistency on small knives

    Once the total knife size gets down to penknife or so I get best results on a diamond plate, have a tough time holding the angle on vitreous stones when it comes to smaller tools - same for things like cuticle scissors.
  15. HeavyHanded

    Favorite stone for setting bevels and minor repair?

    Atoma 140 Zandstraa Foss speedskate stone Norton Crystalon These are my three go-tos for when I just don't feel like camping out on a stone for any length of time.
  16. HeavyHanded

    Anyone Use or Have Their Knives Sharpened with a Tormek

    I have a Triton wet grinder that is a 10" wheel knock-off, it does a good job...but it is a PITA to do different belly geometries on knives. Smaller knives likewise are a pain. Overall it is very slow, and the edge is maybe not as durable since it uses a micro hollow grind. That said, it can...
  17. HeavyHanded

    Most painful tomahawk injury

    There is an older show called "Dual Survivor" that occasionally had good tips on water and shelter prep - usually paired some mil trained spec forces type with more of a granola type.
  18. HeavyHanded

    Recommendation? Silicon Lubricant with no additives for knife sharperner

    You could probably get by with dielectric grease, is also silicone based with non petroleum thickener.
  19. HeavyHanded

    Recommendation? Silicon Lubricant with no additives for knife sharperner

    https://www.amazon.com/MicroLubrol-Silicone-Polydimethylsiloxane-centistokes-viscosity/dp/B00ZM36C98/ref=pd_sbs_1?pd_rd_w=uOMyT&pf_rd_p=651d64d1-3c73-45b6-ae09-e545600e3a22&pf_rd_r=BCHDJ76HF5TAYJ0GJ8VB&pd_rd_r=63a0f50a-f487-453c-8e6a-ebb8e2c65326&pd_rd_wg=oCiw1&pd_rd_i=B00ZM36C98&psc=1 Pay...
  20. HeavyHanded

    How long I must soak these stones?

    Generally unless warned not to soak them (splash and go) it is safe to just leave them in a bath all the time, change the water every week or two. Other than that, yes till the bubbles stop.
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