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Lubricating an Atoma 140

Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:12 pm

So it's the 4th rainy day in a row here on the Mid Atlantic coast. My plans to adjust the front shocks on my Ford Raptor have been nixed. Looking at the endless parade of abrasion resistant stainless knives on my bench with a grimace, I thought, "Those knives aren't going to reprofile themselves." Hence, I turned to the task and installed an Atoma 140 into my Edge Pro.

The Atoma plate needs water, not just for lubrication, but to mitigate airborne particulates. I don't want a lung full of steel and diamond dust. Maybe the plate holds water better when used in the traditional orientation, but on the Edge Pro it just runs right off. So I through of more viscous alternatives. From previous endeavors and indiscretions, I knew that spit, although always handy, would be unsatisfactory. The logical end of that thought process quickly led me to...

Astroglide!

Lubricant? Check!
Viscous? Check!
Water soluble? Check!
Non-toxic? N/A

I squirted a modest dollop on the plate, which gave out the slightest quiver. Stuff must have been cold! I then gently smoothed it over the plate with a finger.

Worked like a champ! Although nothing is going to smooth the agressive feedback from the Atoma 140, the plate did glide over the blade a bit more nicely initially, ending up almost velvety as the bevel succumbed to the overwhelming hardness of the diamonds. (Is this doing anything for you yet?)

As an added bonus, the pattern on the edge was very noticably more uniform than that gained with only water. I'm guessing that I had been experiencing some micro chatter from the plate and the lubricant reduced that. Nice! And since I only used a restrained amount, there was literally no cleanup.

I guess the moral of the story is, if you're stuck at home and bored on a rainy Saturday, reach for the Astroglide.

Cheers,

Rick

Re: Lubricating an Atoma 140

Sat Oct 12, 2013 9:13 pm

Nice! I had to look up Astroglide 8-). Sounds like something from the Jetsons. I guess boredom can the mother of invention ;).

I can see the look from the checkout clerk at the drugstore - "I'm going to use this to sharpen my knives - really!".

Re: Lubricating an Atoma 140

Sat Oct 12, 2013 11:28 pm

Lol, best post of the day.

Re: Lubricating an Atoma 140

Sun Oct 13, 2013 2:17 am

You sir just made me laugh. Do you think "wet" would work as well?

Re: Lubricating an Atoma 140

Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:12 pm

"astroglide"....and ... "the bevel succumbing to the hardness of the diamonds".... and .... "there was literally no cleanup"..

Never thought a sharpening experience could be so .... umm.....

Next book idea: 50 Shades of Sharpening?

All kidding aside, that's still hilarious, thanks for the info. :mrgreen:

Re: Lubricating an Atoma 140

Sun Oct 13, 2013 4:53 pm

50 Shades of Sharpening? Literally LOLd!

Re: Lubricating an Atoma 140

Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:23 pm

Oh my! That gave me a chuckle!

Re: Lubricating an Atoma 140

Mon Oct 14, 2013 1:31 pm

Hahaha....a weird bunch, we are!

Re: Lubricating an Atoma 140

Mon Oct 14, 2013 4:50 pm

Brilliant! And it even comes in strawberry!

So do you like using it freehand as well? :)

So Mark, are you going to get some on the site?

All kidding aside, this is a really interesting idea. Since it's water soluble it might be interesting on stones too.

"Honey, have you seen the astroglide? I thought it was on the night stand..."

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Ken

Re: Lubricating an Atoma 140

Mon Oct 14, 2013 6:14 pm

"Honey, have you seen the astroglide? I thought it was on the night stand..."

Hahahaha......

ROFML

:)
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