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Lessons Learned One

Thu Feb 28, 2013 9:11 am

I'm trying to recall some of things I have learned, most are as a result of a screw up. I am quite positive that most of this is common sense but for me, all stepping stones.

I sharpen standing up, it is more comfortable for me but it also means that I can and have dropped a knife onto a cement floor from the bench. I got lucky the first time, it was my own knife and it didn't snap the blade off. I now have rubber flooring in the basement and I've dropped 10 knives over the last 2 years without a single mishap. (I've never tried to catch one either). I also never sharpen without proper footwear. (Proper footwear being some nice comfy slippers most of the time but made from very absorbent material)

I like to dip my blade in water often as I am sharpening and especially before I go to wipe it off to make sure there is not grit left on the blade that could scratch it as I dry it off.
I used to have a large flat pan full of water but it was a pain because I had to dip the knife almost all the knife in, including the handle to get it wet. So I just switched to a Jug full of water, not I just have to Dip the blade down vertically into the jug instead of the awkward method I used previously.

I am quite sure that if anyone is reading this they are thinking............"and this guy is just thinking of these things now? "

No that's not the case, I'm going back a ways here and not trying to teach anyone anything just talking about sharpening........back off :)

Re: Lessons Learned One

Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:10 am

I thought that's the way we were supposed to learn our lessons were through screw ups. I'm to hard headed to learn them either other way. :twisted:

Re: Lessons Learned One

Sun Aug 25, 2013 4:04 pm

I noticed when rinsing off a knife I have dinged the tap or the sink (fortunately the plastic filter part so no damage done and the sink is coated in some nasty brown plastic) , then I saw someone using a sponge which means I don't have to immerse the knife or go near the tap I also find it works better for me and it keeps my fingers away from the blade.

Re: Lessons Learned One

Tue Mar 04, 2014 10:42 pm

I read this and it's good advice.
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