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Sharpening DVD: Rough Outline

Sat May 19, 2012 6:12 pm

I'm about to make a DVD on sharpening for newbies. The main goal is to teach people a quick and easy method to sharpen for people that have limited or no knowledge about sharpening but want to give it a try. I want the DVD to be short on theory and heavy on how to practical instruction. I hate watching people blather on for 45 minutes before they actually show you how to do something. I'm boring enough and I don't want to make this a lesson on how to cure insomnia. So, I envision a short, fact filled DVD that gets right to the business of sharpening a knife. A general outline would be something like this:

What you need to get started
How to flatten a stone
How to hold the knife
What angle to sharpen on
Magic marker method
Making a quick angle guide
Grinding an edge
Burr Removal
Stropping
Testing your edge for sharpness
The End....

I think I could cover all this stuff in 35 minutes and sharpen a knife as I go along.

If it goes well I would like to do follow up ones to this that would get into other issues. I thought this would make a really good addition to some of the sharpening sets we sell (basically include it for free) and I could sell it as a stand alone product for $10 or less. The idea would be to sell a lot of them and not worry about making money on the product.

Shaun has agreed to help me with the technical aspects of making the dvd and I'll be sure to blame him for anything and everything that is wrong with the final product, including my performance. ;)

I would love some comments and opinions.

Here's a link to where the DVD will end up after it's done: http://www.chefknivestogo.com/knshforne.html

Re: Sharpening DVD: Rough Outline

Sat May 19, 2012 10:53 pm

I'll think about it tomorrow. Sounds like a good idea... especially when you can blame Shaun :D :D :D

There's a lot of different edge types and some prefer a toothier edge above a refined edge. There's no "One edge fits all", but the general approach can be taught.

Re: Sharpening DVD: Rough Outline

Sat May 19, 2012 11:36 pm

Hi Michiel,

One thing I hear over and over is how people are afraid to try sharpening because it seems too complicated. Paralysis by analysis. So my plan is to try and give people a simple, straight forward approach to sharpening. They can learn the nuances of sharpening once they have the fundamentals down. At least that is the plan.

Re: Sharpening DVD: Rough Outline

Sun May 20, 2012 4:54 am

Yeah, blame the one armed man! (inside joke, Michiel, I'll beat your butt if you so much as make a peep) :mrgreen:

Maybe start the video by building a slurry on a course stone, and just start sharpening. After you sharpen for a minute, then start to break down the methods. Kind of like: Here's a cake, now let's deconstruct it. That way you can get all the essentials in there without making it boring. :D

Re: Sharpening DVD: Rough Outline

Sun May 20, 2012 7:20 am

...doing a DVD covering EP tricks/tips might work as well....???

....my 2c.....

:)

Re: Sharpening DVD: Rough Outline

Sun May 20, 2012 1:06 pm

If this goes well I'll consider doing an Edge Pro one next.

Shaun, you had suggested this before and I think it's a good idea. We could do a little music video opening that shows a knife getting sharpened and stropped and slicing through something to get people's interest.
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