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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening - Standing up vs. Sitting Down
PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 1:25 pm 

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And when I started sharpening, I actually rubbed the crap out of my fingertips for awhile, and it took me a while to get to the point where I adjusted my sharpening to where my fingers weren't over-lapping the blade. Initially I thought I was doing awesome work, but my fingers were raw at the end of the night...

And.. despite having awesome knives, the worst cut I ever got was sharpening at 2am while a bit tipsy, and got sloppy and over-shot the stone with my knife, and came back and shaved off a neat part of finger-tip on the return-stroke, if that makes sense?

I don't cut myself slicing, but i've screwed up my finger sharpening when i get too comfortable, doing it too fast, too late at night.

Erg.

ok, that's the end of my embarassing stuff for now.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening - Standing up vs. Sitting Down
PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 3:49 pm 
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We have all made our mistakes and had raw fingers along the way.
I bobbled a knife while drying it off and wound up with 8 stitches in my finger. I slowed down pay better attention now!



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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening - Standing up vs. Sitting Down
PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 4:49 pm 

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I did find my edges improved when I got more comfortable sharpening and using the whole body motion, drawing from my old martial arts training to work from the core rather than my hands. I also found that shifting from a section-at-a-time style to a whole-blade-sweep style made a difference. I still do the former if I need to grind a lot of metal or if I am working down near the heel, but once I got used to keeping the edge on the stone while sweeping I started getting better edges on the more curved parts of the blade. I was having a lot of trouble getting the curved tips consistently sharp when doing it one section at a time.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening - Standing up vs. Sitting Down
PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 5:43 pm 

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"I also found that shifting from a section-at-a-time style to a whole-blade-sweep style made a difference."

I found this to be true too. When working a section at a time I basically had to have a unique motion for each section of the blade, one for the flat, one for the curve, and one for the tip. Creating a single uniform sweep meant that while the overall motion was more complex, I only had to develop and employ a single fluid motion. My consistency from heel to tip improved and my total sharpening time decreased since I was no longer sharpening a bit at a time then "stitching" the edge together.


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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening - Standing up vs. Sitting Down
PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 6:10 pm 
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i find that sharpening the flat portion of the edge profile is easier in sections. the section beginning just before the belly to the tip i do in a sweep. the belly used to be the hardest area for me, and now it tends to be the sharpest. maybe i should do the whole edge in one sweep. it sounds like it has improved edges for people here. something for me to work on.

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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening - Standing up vs. Sitting Down
PostPosted: Sat Jul 12, 2014 9:26 pm 
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I went to a "sweeping the whole blade" very early in my sharpening career. I found it much easier to hold a consistent angle that way. This video from Jason B helped my with that.




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 Post subject: Re: Sharpening - Standing up vs. Sitting Down
PostPosted: Wed Jul 16, 2014 9:27 am 
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I prefer sitting probably 80% of the time on occasion I stand. I never noticed a difference in methods or sharpening. Only difference is on my flat feet. Standing is for the birds.



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