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 Post subject: Practice Knife
PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 10:07 pm 

Joined: Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:54 pm
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Newbie question here -

I'm leaning toward buying an Edge Pro Apex to sharpen my Shun knives (yeah, I know this is only a starting place in a dangerous hobby -- or is it obsession). I doubt I'll be sharpening often enough to justify learning how to hand sharpen, and then keep the muscle memory.

Can you recommend an affordable, decent size stainless knife that I can practice with, and not feel the pain of screwing up a few times before I learn.



 Post subject: Re: Practice Knife
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 1:50 am 

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You could buy a Forschner or something to practice on, but if you just follow the instructions on the EP you won't wreck anything...

Plenty of info from EP,on here, and even on YouTube. You will be fine..

 Post subject: Re: Practice Knife
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:58 am 
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Work slowly and pay attention to what you are doing and everything will be fine.

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 Post subject: Re: Practice Knife
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:19 pm 

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I wouldn't worry too much, either, but don't you have some older knives in your kitchen already? I think you can learn a lot by getting them into shape. In addition to helping develop good basic technique, it can be very instructive to assess why a particular knife performs as it does. I've got half a dozen German knives of varying levels of quality, and I learned a lot just by sharpening them a few times -- things like what kind of edge angle the knife will support, the difference between a toothy low-grit edge and a polished one (the latter isn't always better), performance and sharpening differences between steels, the effects of different blade grinds behind the edge, etc.

If you don't have any cheap spares, raid your relatives' kitchens, and/or resale shops (Goodwill, etc.). It's pretty easy to find sad knives that need help.

 Post subject: Re: Practice Knife
PostPosted: Fri Dec 28, 2012 5:34 pm 
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Forschners are decent to practice on, but I wouldn't worry too much with an edge pro.... I would just use the Shuns.


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