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 Post subject: Quick and easy sharpener and a strop question
PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:10 pm 
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Hi Mark,

First off I want to thank you for the wonderful (quick!) service on the last few items I've ordered (a Tojiro bread knife, a Bester 1200, a balsa board with some chromium oxide paste, and a horse butt strop--love them all!). Ordering from chefknivestogo is becoming something of a compulsion for me...

Two quick questions.

First: I'm looking for a no-brainer sharpener for a family member and the Tojiro Pro Roll Sharpener looked perfect for her needs. Was wondering whether it might be coming back into stock any time soon.

Second, a question about my horse butt strop: I rather carelessly slashed it a few times the first time I was using it, leaving little gashes. I'm wondering whether you still think the stop is usable, or whether it requires a perfectly smooth outer surface to work right. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Thanks again for running such a terrific site,
Nathan



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 Post subject: Re: Quick and easy sharpener and a strop question
PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:14 pm 
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Hi Nathan,

We have a similar one to the Tojiro that I like better and it's in stock. The reason I like it better is it has larger stone wheels and it also has a built in water bath to lubricate the stones. Just add a bit of water before you start:
http://www.chefknivestogo.com/glmishpl.html

As for the strop, this is kind of a right of passage when you first learn. Kind of like falling over at a stop when you first get clip on bike shoes. Don't worry about it. Try taking a razor and carefully slicing off the skin flap right back down to the leather to minimize it and then go ahead and keep using it. My leather one at home has several of these and it still works fine.

Good luck and let me know if you have any other sharpening questions.



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 Post subject: Re: Quick and easy sharpener and a strop question
PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 2:19 pm 
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You should see my first leather strop. Poor thing has all kinds of cuts in it. Still works, but I retired it for a new one.

You should be fine. Like Mark said, cut them and make a sort of "V" in the leather so the knife glides over them.



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 Post subject: Re: Quick and easy sharpener and a strop question
PostPosted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:41 pm 
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Thanks for your replies, guys! Will trim the strop as you suggest.


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 Post subject: Re: Quick and easy sharpener and a strop question
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:24 am 
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Don't worry about slicing up the strop. I use mine even though it looks like a prop from The Walking Dead.

Your family member already has a quick and easy sharpener. You!

People should stop buying $20 gadgets(that don't work anyways) to replace each other. Sharpening my friends and family's knives is a great way to spend some time, talk about food and cooking, and leave them with a gift that lasts every day, every time they cook.

I visited some friends, two single guys, in Oklahoma City a week ago, and I brought my Atoma, Shapton pro 2k w/box, and an idahone rod with a felt block. Sure enough, I could sharpen every knife in their house, even repair the damage. They won't end up needing them sharpened again for like a year, so I'll just do it again for them later.



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 Post subject: Re: Quick and easy sharpener and a strop question
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great advice. As a newbie myself, I'm starting to realize that its less about what product you buy, and more about how you use it. I now strop my knives on my pants when i'm in a hurry. I know it sounds crazy, but I swear it works. Denim jeans are the best.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:22 am 
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The first thing I ever stropped was VG-10 off a 2k stone on a flap from a cardboard box of Wasabi Powder bags. It worked!



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 Post subject: Re: Quick and easy sharpener and a strop question
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:16 pm 
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Denim was the first thing I stropped on and it works well. Almost anything you think might work does work. I like cardstock a lot, especially when loaded with compounds. Leather, many soft woods, pulpy paper, hard felt, canvass, lots of fabrics, kangaroo leather, nano cloth, horse butt etc........ Most things that are pretty smooth with some fibers are candidates.



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 Post subject: Re: Quick and easy sharpener and a strop question
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:40 pm 
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Someone should strop on a Peach.



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 Post subject: Re: Quick and easy sharpener and a strop question
PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 11:34 pm 
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@burkecutlery: I hear you. I give an open offer to friends and family to use me as a sharpening service. In this case, though, the friend needs something she can turn to on a moment's notice; hoping the minosharp does the trick.

I've been stropping on newspaper-over-6K stone (Murray Carter) method but wanted to try out horse butt just to see what it's all about. Will try denim next.


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