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Pointed Tip

Fri Jun 07, 2013 3:20 pm

I'm having a hard time keeping a sharp point on the tip of my knife when I sharpen. I seem to get to much of a rounded tip. The edge is very sharp up to the tip. I use more of a sweeping motion when I sharpen as oppose to a push and pull, if that makes sense or helps. What am I doing wrong or is there a technique or trick to use? I like a nice "point" on my knives.

Re: Pointed Tip

Fri Jun 07, 2013 5:10 pm

Picture, please?!?!

I'd guess you're over grinding it.....spending too much time on such a thin section of the knife.

Re: Pointed Tip

Sat Jun 08, 2013 2:32 am

Things got crazy today, I'll get a picture up soon.

Re: Pointed Tip

Sat Jun 08, 2013 4:40 am

Sounds like you are just going past the tip. Try not lifting the handle so high or sweep past the tip so far.

Re: Pointed Tip

Sat Jun 08, 2013 4:38 pm

These are from 3 different knives, all Victorinox. My points tend to be too rounded.
You can tap pretty hard on the points with little pain and no cuts.
This is why I have yet to buy an expensive J-knife, I want be competent with my sharpening first.

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Re: Pointed Tip

Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:07 pm

It almost seems like you are going past the curve of the edge but something tells me your just not defining it enough in the grinding stages.

Re: Pointed Tip

Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:10 pm

After another look it appears you are shy of the tip, look at the 3rd picture down and you can see the grind marks stop a few mm short of the tip.

Re: Pointed Tip

Sun Jun 09, 2013 7:57 pm

I don't have the experience these other guys have, but that's what my tips used to look like and it's because (as Jason said) I wasn't grinding all the way to the tip. I needed to lift the handle more and rotate the blade more as I rounded the curve to the tip (as per Ken's video). The 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th pictures all show the primary ground closer to the edge at the tip (i.e. narrower bevel) than the at other points. My knives look like that when I'm not grinding all the way to the tip (or just not spending enough time there).

Re: Pointed Tip

Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:31 am

Thanks guys. I'll try to pay special attention to the tip when setting the bevel and follow through just a little more if needed and see how it works. If I keep having trouble I'll post more(and better) pictures until you guys get me straightened out!

Re: Pointed Tip

Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:16 am

Exactly that the other guys said! The 2nd pic shows that you aren't sharpening to the tip fully. Try a coarser stone, but watch the angles and don't go too far!
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