Steel And Stone
Posted 11 December 2009 - 04:52 PM
Always try to bring the sharpness back with a steel first. If the steel fails to bring back the sharpness, then it is time to use the stones to fix the edge. My general rule of thumb is to use the steel to maintain the edge and the stones to repair it.
If you don't have access to a steel and need an emergency substitute, the unglazed ring on the bottom of a ceramic coffee mug will work in a pinch. It takes very little force to straighten the edge, the weight of the knife blade itself is enough.
Try it, you'll save yourself some sharpening sessions.
Posted 12 December 2009 - 09:41 PM
Posted 13 December 2009 - 11:07 AM
Geoff / TBow
Posted 13 December 2009 - 02:01 PM
Caring and preparing a knife's edge is one topic that I will plead ignorant to. Most of us knife sharpener wan'na be's usually scroll through Cabelas or the like and keep buying the newest knife sharpener being heralded as the latest thing since sliced bread. And hoping it will provide the miracle of razor sharp edges without knowing what we're actually doing. I'm glad you guys posted this subject and the response 'cause I find it extremely helpful.
Geoff / TBow
I tried to find a youtube video that showed the use of a knife steel correctly. Unfortunately, that effort was wasted. I can't stress emphatically enough how little pressure is required to actually straighten out the edge. Every video I watched I could see them applying too much pressure and actually hear them removing steel from the blade. To me, it was like fingernails on a chalkboard.
I'll try and explain it this way. Aluminum foil is only 0.008" thick, it takes very little force to bend Aluminum foil. Steel is only roughly 50% stiffer than aluminum and a knife edge is many times thinner than 0.008"! So applying any pressure greater than what is required to bend aluminum foil, with a steel is easily too much! It takes very little pressure to straighten out a knife edge!
If you strive to not break off the edge, you will be rewarded with a steel edge that has been most effectively work hardened and will end up being longer lasting.
The better you are at using a steel, the less repair (or re-sharpening) you will have to do.
Posted 13 December 2009 - 07:57 PM
Posted 13 December 2009 - 10:54 PM
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