Just viewed the new video by S.R. Johnson..Manti, Utah... on making the subhilt fighter. It is an excellent How To video...perhaps the best I have seen. He grinds sitting down and is excellent at it. I have never tried it. How do most of you grind?
Standing, the only thing I do in the knife shop sitting is rough sawing on the combination horizontal/vertical bandsaw and I'm going to have to move the switch or loose weight cause my backside keeps turning the saw off......guess I'll move the switch.
depends on my mood and on music (which are usually related). like if i'm moping for some reason i'll probably be listening to Sting and sitting down... a good mood will result in either U2 or Bon Jovi and standing, possibly dacing and singing....which could explain the way my knives look....
I grind standing up but have also seen guys doing it well while sitting.
This has been discussed on the forums before. Someone once mentioned that the thought of a fast moving abrasive belt at crotch level is a bit too scary.
When my legs cannot hold me anymore I will try sitting. When you are on your feet you can get away quicker when things go wrong, although on the other hand, with the belt moving that fast you seldom have a chance to even get a fright let alone step out of the way.
You normally duck or step back as a direct result of what went wrong, then the cussing or mumbling stars, depending on your state of conciousness!
Whichever way you choose, do it carefully, especially if that belt is crotch height.
I stand, but I put my legs out wide and lock into a firm stance, and this also puts my face right next to the grinding work. I use an optivisor for finish grinding (at least the plunge) and my #3 Optivisor has about 14-18" working focal length.
I'm not too worried about getting close to it... if something goes wrong, it goes wrong. I take as many precautions as I can (hat, safety glasses, mask) but the idea of "getting away" from the grinder isn't going to be much of an issue if something goes wrong. I have had belts break and blades get grabbed and thrown... it happens SO DAMN FAST, it's done and over with by the time you realize what the f just happened.
The ONE argument regarding sitting to grind that I could not go against, is that you should try to keep you legs in a position that a stray blade would not get chunked into your femural artery.
OBVIOUSLY Steve has found this to be a sturdy, and consistent way for him to grind. You'd be hard pressed to find anybody who doesn't think his grinds (and knives in general) are approaching perfection.
BTW- Chuck Bybee told me last night on the phone that the SRJ sub-hilt video is the best instructional one he's seen. I will be buying it for sure!
I use a jig to grind because I'm too old and too wobbly to stand still (and it ain't gettin' no betta!). I sit on a stool and I actually grind my bevels from each side of the grinder, and slightly to the back so I can see the grind as it happens.
I used to grind standing, but I lost the use of my right leg from the knee down, so I have to grind sitting now. I never have gotten completely used to grinding while sitting and I don't have the control I had when standing. You just have to adapt to situations and go from there.
Standing,it's easyer to lock your elbows into your side that way and to get into a rythem of side to side. Also I wouldnt want to be sittin when a belt decides to let go cause you'll probably find yourself flat on your back!
I grind standing, so I can see whats going on when I am at the Bader B-#3. I use an optivisor 5 power. I stand as well when I am at the Baldor's to. But do set when I am hand rubbing the blades. God bless