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Thread: Getting your knife sharp? (my process of sharpening to shaving sharp/mirror finish)

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    There is NO BETTER FEELING than successfully getting a blade to 'shave-sharp'.

    Nice info!!!!
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    Now swop the blade around so the other side is against your arm and do the same, if it shaves on both sides it is sharp and not just burred sharp...
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    And my personal favourite by Verhoeven must be "Basic Instinct" 1992.

    Thanks for the link, appreciated.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shakes View Post
    Now swop the blade around so the other side is against your arm and do the same, if it shaves on both sides it is sharp and not just burred sharp...
    I did...

    Shaves EVERYTHING!

    I have shaved my son's arm, my arm, my wife's mustache, my gardener's arm.

    Now for the doghair test!
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    Have fun... beware the slicing through an A4 sheet after letting it go, so that it hangs in mid-air... like tatami mats, the sharpness is judged by the cleannes of the edges of the cut...
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    Definitely dog hair before mother-in-law's beard
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    BTW yuppie chef has some wusthoff stones which are quite nice... I bought the fine / super fine one... which is supposedly a J3000 / J8000 combination stone - but the 3000 side is significantly more coarse than my King stone 800... the J8000 side is smoother, a bit, than the King stone 800 which is good, I did however hope for significantly smoother than my 800 stone... Which is all very confusing, since both are supposed to be Japanese ratings...

    So only take the medium/fine one to remove lots of metal and the fine/superfine one for general use on good knives...

    Victorinox chef's knife dull to shaving in 10 min or so before breakfast...
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    Good Engrish... tells most what you need...

    http://tojiro.net/en/training/sharpen_movie_s.html
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    Dyslexia: I thought it was "wife"!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakoos View Post
    I realise this is a very old thread, but I would really love more information about the stropping part: What leather is used, how is the strop used etc.
    No such ting as a "very old thread"

    Its brand new when you read it for the first time !
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    Kuberboef used to be involved in the leather industry. Think I remember him posting that the leather for a strop has to be vegetable tanned.
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    S&O has Naniwa super stones now, 220, 440, and 1000 grit 220 only for serious reworking a edge, 440 and 1000 would be good for general purpose...
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    I am always amazed at what you learn on this forum.

    It NEVER stops!

    Keep it coming gents!
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    A strop is easily abused to mask sharpening errors, guidelines are:
    Do it at the same angle as sharpening, using light pressure on a buffing compound loaded strop. Use this to touch up knife after use. Keep angles constant. It works better with softer knives... because you slso realign the edge somewhat. If you need more than 5 strokes per side you should be sharpening... it polishes the edge... this might not be what you need
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    Quote Originally Posted by shakes View Post
    A strop is easily abused to mask sharpening errors, guidelines are:
    Do it at the same angle as sharpening, using light pressure on a buffing compound loaded strop. Use this to touch up knife after use. Keep angles constant. It works better with softer knives... because you slso realign the edge somewhat. If you need more than 5 strokes per side you should be sharpening... it polishes the edge... this might not be what you need
    You remove a 14c28n @ 59/60hrc burr like this with 5 'light pressure stokes per side' on a strop?

    ...it polishes the edge...
    Stropping only polishes the edge when too much pressure is applied and the leather 'folds' over the edge or when using the wrong angle. Otherwise it actually polishes the micro bevel, not the edge, the crux of the whole stropping exercise.

    I fail to see how abusing a strop can mask sharpening errors, methinks it's either a stuff-up or sharpened properly.
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