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 Post subject: Re: new to knife sharpening
PostPosted: Fri Apr 11, 2014 1:36 pm 

Joined: Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:28 pm
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I like what pjwoolw says here. Knife sharpening is not just about getting a knife sharp. There are other, equally important elements of the process that are available to you, there are some low hanging fruit you can grab.
I have never achieved a level of satisfaction with anything else in my life that I get from freehand sharpening. You need to really slow down and take it all in, from the moment that stone is put in the water to soak until that first time you draw the edge over the stone there is something magical about it. If I just wanted a sharp knife and didn't care about the rest of it I would just use my belt sander. It's just you, the knife and that water stone (s), it's a challenge that leads to what for me was life changing rewards.

Now the only thing I would suggest differently is not start with a real crappy knife. They can be difficult to sharpen and lead to frustration as you start to learn. Why not start on a better quality knife and grasp the fact that the care of that knife from the moment your sharpening session begins is important, it's a stepping stone, one of many. I'm not suggesting a great knife but a decent one, not one of those 7 dollar knives.
So take it all in and you can do this, experience this zen with just one water stone, a 1k for example.
Don't worry about the level of sharpness you will achieve, it's a journey, if you see an improvement you have achieved success. Next time it may get a little better. There is no level 10 edge , just get to level 2 (level 1 being the factory edge). That could take a long time but it's such a cool journey.
Now you can achieve this same level of satisfaction on an edge pro, I love mine but there is something truly special about free hand sharpening.
Behind different doors lie different approaches, EP Apex, EP Pro, WEPS, Water Stones, I'm not sure there one wrong door to choose. Eventually you may even open all of them.
Enjoy the process.
Peter


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