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My routine - multiple knives

Wed Feb 27, 2013 12:34 pm

It wasn't that long ago that I thought I would be lucky to have five knives a night to sharpen. That was as many as I wanted and I did them all on the Edge Pro Professional.

I made the switch back to free hand sharpening and found that I was sharpening knives much faster, and enjoying the process a lot more. I wondered what would happen if I ever had 10 knives to do, how would I manage. (This is a year ago now)

Last night I had 30 knives to handle and it is rare that I have less than 10 which is awesome but a little overwhelming and I won't sharpen when I get tired. So last night, I adjusted my routine a little. This is probably something smarter people figured out a long time ago.

I would sharpen each knife from start to finish, switch stones etc and then grab another knife. Last night I put 14 knives on the magnetic bar over my work bench, all restaurant knives and very similar. The knives were in good shape, I have been sharpening them for almost 2 years so they were just dull, no damage.

I started with an Atoma 140 and did every knife, then switched to a DMT XC and repeated.
I followed this up with a 1K Sigma Power Select II and finished with the 3K Sigma (beautiful stone by the way).

Much quicker, It took about 2 hours to get through all the knives, about 8-9 min per knife.

This worked well for me, the timing was not the only benefit, every knife ended up with the same edge, sharpened at the same angle. I will only use this process for multiple/similar knives, otherwise I like to finish off each knife individually.

Re: My routine - multiple knives

Wed Feb 27, 2013 4:02 pm

Sailor wrote:This is probably something smarter people figured out a long time ago.

I would never claim to be smarter than you when it comes to sharpening knives. I could only hope to know as much as you someday when it comes to sharpening, but you are right. I started that process the first time I had more than one knife to sharpen. :) I did take some knives to different finises but I didn't change stones until every knife I wanted to put on that stone was finished.

Re: My routine - multiple knives

Wed Mar 05, 2014 4:50 am

That's great that you got it figured out. I'm only sharpening my own knives but I do it the same way.

Re: My routine - multiple knives

Wed Mar 05, 2014 5:52 am

I use the same sequence when I have a larger order to sharpen. I sharpen knives for a locally owned grocery store in a small town near me. They do their own butchery in house with about 15-20 knives in rotation. I'll start all the knives on a coarse diamond plate and once they've been through that, I'll move on to the next finer stone. A lot less mess this way.
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