Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:17 pm
I agree, having an experienced person coach a greenhorn would be valuable. However, if one is diligent to scour the net starting w/youtube and CKTG videos including any written material as well, I find that you are able to start putting the pieces together as you continue logging the hours, putting the steel to the stone. So I found it's not just one particular video, article or bit of advice, it's the accumulation of information in combination with trial and error on the stones. I've heard it said, without a high level of self awareness and observation it is impossible to reach a professional level with any type of skill set. In other words, "Perfect practice makes perfect". One of the most important concepts for me was to grasp the importance of both secondary and primary edge geometry, and I accredit Murray Carter for this. Without proper geometry the best steel in the world doesn't hold much value. I used to be on board with all the popular tactically coated blades, but now I'd never spend money on another one, knowing the moment I adjust secondary edge geometry all that expensive coating is for naught. Sharpening is certainly a rewarding skill set, knowing how to maintain and improve man's most valuable tool. - Josh
Wed Dec 05, 2012 4:22 pm
Well said Josh.
I often wonder how I ever got a knife sharp 35 years ago, the lessons learned over the years has left me thinking that maybe they were not sharp, I just thought that they were.
I hope I never reach the stage where I stop asking questions about knife sharpening.