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Newbie needs advice on sharpening AEB-L cleaver

Sat Jul 27, 2013 11:17 pm

Hi,
I am a novice when it comes to knives and sharpening them. I am a long-time user of Chinese and Chinese-style cleavers, but have never owned a nice one until I recently purchased a Richmond Fanatic Thin Cleaver. I'm thoroughly enjoying it. It's a bit of learning curve because it's longer & heavier than I'm used to, but I'm getting there. I am now able to do a Martin Yan single-cut-&-roll-deseeding of a jalapeno pepper with it. :D

I am ready to start learning how to sharpen my cleaver and am about to buy some accessories to that end, and wondered if I was missing anything, or if I needed something different or special when sharpening cleavers or AEB-L steel, as opposed to other styles of knife.

Here's what I'm planning to buy:
1) Tojiro Sink Bridge (http://www.chefknivestogo.com/to1.html)--I would buy the Naniwa because it costs half the price, but my sink is small and only 13.25 inches front-to-back, and the Naniwa would not fit.

2) The CKTG 5 Pc Sharpening Set (http://www.chefknivestogo.com/3pcstoneset.html)

3) The DMT Extra Extra Coarse Diamond Plate (http://www.chefknivestogo.com/dmtextracoarse.html)

Thanks for any help or feedback!
Jim

Re: Newbie needs advice on sharpening AEB-L cleaver

Sun Jul 28, 2013 12:13 am

BEAVER <> You can save a considerable sum of money on your DMT, assuming it is solely to flatten stones... http://www.chefknivestogo.com/140grdistflp.html

Re: Newbie needs advice on sharpening AEB-L cleaver

Sun Jul 28, 2013 1:12 am

Wow! Yes, I am getting it just for flattening stones, and sixty bucks is a considerable amount. Thank you, Melampus.

Re: Newbie needs advice on sharpening AEB-L cleaver

Sun Jul 28, 2013 1:38 am

Beaver,

You can trim down the Naniwa bridge to make it smaller. If you take the adjustment rail out of the bridge and trim a couple inches off of it it should fit your sink.
Somewhere around the red line. It has been done by others. All you need is a hacksaw or sheet metal sheers.

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Re: Newbie needs advice on sharpening AEB-L cleaver

Sun Jul 28, 2013 2:19 am

Wow, another sixty bucks saved! I didn't know it was possible to hack at or to this level (and in this case, it's a literal "hack" :lol: ). Thanks for the :geek: tip, Jeff.
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