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Metal finally met Stone here....First impressions

Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:46 am

First of all I want to say thanks to Mark and crew for you supper fast shipping. I mean WOW...it was quicker then Fast food.

Next...Thanks to everyone for the advice on my previous post. Now on to the fun part.

After trudging through a weekend waiting on my new Shapton 1k and 4k stones, they finally arrive. Get home from work and went to sharpening. I decided that it would be best if I followed Marks guide to the tee seeing how it was my first time. I must say I now have my first bald spot on my arm. It was a complete surprise. I really could not believe a knife that only hours ago could not cut a tomato without squishing all the juice out was actually shaving my arm. Now, It was not a MACH 3 or anything but it was a start. I must say there is a certain satisfaction that comes from knowing I just did that free hand. Yep...I can see why this is addicting.(Like Crack) The blade is far from perfect but I could be happier with the results. Oh- it was a 5 year old 8" chef knife from China that had never been sharpened. Only took me about an hour. Loved the Sharpie trick.

Problems..
1) TIP TIP TIP......Man is the tip a pain...
2)I found keeping lite pressure was much more difficult then keeping a constant angle. The more I concentrate the more I push down. Has anyone else experienced this or am I just nuts?
3) Messy...Well maybe i'm just messy but i will have to develop a much better system.
4) TIP TIP TIP Did i mention that getting the tip was a royal pain.

I'll keep you informed.
Thanks again to all.

Jack

Re: Metal finally met Stone here....First impressions

Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:30 am

Congrats!

The tip is a bit more difficult in the beginning, but you'll get the hang of it sooner or later. I used to use more pressure when I got frustrated things weren't going as fast as I wanted them to go. Try to relax a bit more, and you should be fine.

Re: Metal finally met Stone here....First impressions

Tue Feb 12, 2013 2:03 pm

Congrats for sure!!! :)

Yeah, the tip is a PITA.....careful with the heel too....if you're applying too much pressure, you can overgrind it.

Light pressure is difficult too....as Michiel noted, relaxation is best to keep the pressure light.

Get a sink bridge....contains all the mess in the sink:

http://www.chefknivestogo.com/nasibr.html

Re: Metal finally met Stone here....First impressions

Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:23 am

Micheal and Adam thanks,


I got my neighbors CKRT Ken Onion design and put it on the stones. Trust me there was only up to go for this knife. It turn out better then my expectations and my neighbors. I did notice that the Heel was a pain.

Could you guys tell me a better method for testing sharpness the shaving arm hair...I now have to really dumb looking bald spots.

Jack

Re: Metal finally met Stone here....First impressions

Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:05 am



This should help you with tip sharpening. The lessons demonstrated on the grinder are the same as on a stone.

I use paper to slice to test for sharpness - either slice cuts or push cuts.

Now when you run out of arm hair to test, try this:




---
Ken

Re: Metal finally met Stone here....First impressions

Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:18 pm

The paper test or paper towel test is probably the best sharpness test.

Try to use the same paper each time, after a few times you learn to know the sound/feel of how it cuts.

Re: Metal finally met Stone here....First impressions

Wed Feb 13, 2013 10:19 pm



I think I'll stick to paper!
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