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Re: Mark....

Mon Jun 24, 2013 11:54 am

Thx Ken - I thought as much.

New knife depends on many factors....

If mine......first off the steel characteristics, blade thickness/profile & geometry and type of knife with associated "anticipated" application.

I always sharpen a new knife before use by the way - I have not yet received one NIB with an edge finished to my liking.

So with some serious re-profiling on a good unit without a mirror polish would be anything from 1 to a couple of hours - I relax - take it easy & never rush.

However my Yoshi SLD Gyuto was a near perfect edge and extremely thin behind the edge, with a solid grind - took me like 30 minutes.

Sometimes I spend more time contemplating what to do with the edge than actually doing it....sometimes I even sleep over it.....milling so many numerous combinations through my knocker....

But yes, I reckon there is no simple answer - each knife is really different, necessitating dynamic flexibility in your approach to achieve your goal - I actually do not pre-empt a time frame prior to starting a unit - I just sit down & get at it....I am not a pro sharpener so time is on my side.

Guess not what you wanted to hear, but that is how it is for me.....



Re: Mark....

Mon Jun 24, 2013 12:21 pm

uncontrolled movements Image

Re: Mark....

Mon Jun 24, 2013 4:25 pm

edentulous with unilateral blepharospasm :) or he left his glass eyeball at home next to his teeth :)

MR - I'm a slow sharpener too. Even as a pro, I still have a hard time letting them go without wanting to do a bit more. And I do sleep on it if it's a complex decision until a plan 'comes' to me. The hardest thing for me is to just push something out the door in a hurry. It would negate why I'm in the business. Given the wide array of naturals and synthetics and compounds I am fortunate enough to have at my disposal, just deciding on an initial stone sequence is almost like thinking through a chess game in advance.

Scary as it sounds, we are more alike than it might seem at first glance :) I've done knives in a couple minutes, but my longest one was over 20 hours of actual grinding time. I had no idea what I was getting into, just that I wasn't going to fail on that knife.

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