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 Post subject: From Grandmother's House
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 5:21 pm 

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My paternal grandmother passed away quite a few years ago and, due to some familial issues, her house has never been truly cleared out. I had a day off today and went that direction, not expecting to see much of interest. Little did I know what was to come! Behold, the perfect picture of the perils of the electric knife sharpener!
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It's fortunate I had not fully considered my culinary hobby/profession before she had her first stroke. We would have had serious issues regarding knife maintenance.

The knife has no specific demarcations or brands. It's got a very strong distal taper and, once I got it on a diamond plate, it sharpened up into a clean edge immediately. Likewise, the handle is in great shape. A little sanding and a little oil will have it looking good. I'm going to see about getting it onto a grinding wheel and try to bring it down into some semblance of a thick petty or short slicer, just as a memento and project. Wish me luck!


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 Post subject: Re: From Grandmother's House
PostPosted: Wed May 07, 2014 5:55 pm 

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:lol:

That is a hell of a profile. Please let us know if you find a task that that excels at.

...I have one of my grandfathers knives that is about as tall as it is thick.


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 Post subject: Re: From Grandmother's House
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 10:46 am 
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You could potentially turn it into a boning or fillet knife if it isn't too thick. Thats a pretty interesting project. I can't wait to see where you go with it.


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 Post subject: Re: From Grandmother's House
PostPosted: Thu May 08, 2014 12:11 pm 

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Wow...how did she even use that thing!?!?!?!?

It will be interesting to see how it looks when you done with it!


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 Post subject: Re: From Grandmother's House
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 10:24 pm 
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When I saw the first pic I thought it was some kind of farming tool from the 1790's. How long is it? Or take a lot off and make it into a pairing knife.

I can't wait to have updated pictures of this.



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 Post subject: Re: From Grandmother's House
PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 10:50 pm 

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It's a full ten inch carbon knife. I haven't had time to get access to the wheel and I really don't want to do this on a stone! I'm thinking a boning or utility knife; we'll see. I certainly won't use it much, but it would be nice to remember her as I have my grandfather's pocket watch to go beside it.


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 Post subject: Re: From Grandmother's House
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 1:21 am 
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LEPUS <> Considering how you resonate with cutlery I think that's an awesome keepsake, and if you do choose to alter it into a working knife - if you intend on bringing it back to life... I clearly see a honesuki profile in it.

Just sayin... 8-)



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 Post subject: Re: From Grandmother's House
PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 7:33 am 
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Funny, I was thinking the same thing. If you shorten it by a few inches, you'll have a thicker section with which to work out a sort of Tanto style Honesuke tip.

Personally though - I'd just frame it and put in on the wall somewhere appropriate.


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 Post subject: Re: From Grandmother's House
PostPosted: Mon Jul 28, 2014 3:08 am 
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I see enough metal to make a nice paring knife ... Take down the bolster and polish the handle.

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