I bought a sharpening stone

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  1. Surfrider

    Surfrider Senior member

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    WHy don't you ever post in the fragrance thread, dammit?

    Something like, "After declaring several times my fear of learning how to use fragrances, I broke down and bought Charlie Girl yesterday. Rationale: I have two really nice suits, and lot of OK suits. I have no problem wearing the OK ones with no fragrance. A number of people (including some here) have scared me off of wearing black with the nice ones, but I need something to spritz on when going out."

    I would have been ALL over that...


    My homometer just went off the scale. [​IMG]
     
  2. Trinitrogen Oxide

    Trinitrogen Oxide Active Member

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    Thanks. The two knives that I care about are indeed Shuns, and I bought a Shun stone. Sending them back to Japan means living without them for weeks, or possibly months, and I don't want to do that.

    I need to learn this anyway, so I may as well jump in.


    Not sure if its been covered in this thread, but you don't have to send them to Japan to get them sharpened. They do it at their factory in Oregon. Send them in, and they'll put a factory edge back on it. Just got mine back after about a month turnaround time, its free if you don't count the cost of shipping to them, they send them back USPS for free.

    It's a long month without the knives though, I almost picked up Shun 10" chef because I was so tired of using my POS backup.
     
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    Not sure if its been covered in this thread, but you don't have to send them to Japan to get them sharpened. They do it at their factory in Oregon. Send them in, and they'll put a factory edge back on it. Just got mine back after about a month turnaround time, its free if you don't count the cost of shipping to them, they send them back USPS for free.

    It's a long month without the knives though, I almost picked up Shun 10" chef because I was so tired of using my POS backup.


    A month is a long time to have to wait for your knife. Manton was right about having to learn this. I don't have a sharpening stone, but my set of Spyderco will probably do what I need.
     
  4. Trinitrogen Oxide

    Trinitrogen Oxide Active Member

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    A month is a long time to have to wait for your knife. Manton was right about having to learn this. I don't have a sharpening stone, but my set of Spyderco will probably do what I need.
    Yes, its an extremely long time if you love your knife [​IMG] Like I said, I almost bought another one I missed it so much. Just wanted to clear up the fact that you don't have to send it to Japan. I wish I was ballsy and skilled enough to sharpen my own knives.
     
  5. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    Yeah, I figured out that it was only Oregon when I broke a tip. They were faster than I thought, but I still was really impatient to get my knife back.

    It is, indeed, a great deal.
     
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    I bought a couple of Japanese water stones at Cliffs Variety today and sharpened all my knives in between posting on SF. I'm so happy to have extremely sharp knives again, but pissed off that it took me so long to do so.
     
  7. Douglas

    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    Has anyone tried this? It seems vastly easier than using a stone and sounds effective. It's from the long egullet article that was quoted earlier in this thread. http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?...nd-sharpening/
    I've got an older Messermeister knife that I received once as a gift but never ever use. I thought it was crap because the edge disappeared very quickly, but it was before I knew anything about anything, I wasn't honing, etc. It's probably a decent enough knife but since I never have used it it seems like a good guinea pig for this little experiment. Thoughts?
     
  8. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    ^^^ Since it does not involve the purchase of expensive new equipment, no one here will be interested.
     
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    Thomas Senior member

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    ^^^ Since it does not involve the purchase of expensive new equipment, or involve arcane rituals and lengthy prep time, no one here will be interested.

    This.
     
  10. Douglas

    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    Well I guess I'll have to give it a shot for the small-timers.
     
  11. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

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    This.

    I thank you for, and accept, your correction.
     
  12. Thomas

    Thomas Senior member

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    And - Douglas - yes it works - somewhat...but I'm not a fan. You could lay the sandpaper on glass, or machined granite, or corian, or...well, you get the idea. But the sandpaper I've used wears out fairly quickly, leaving dead spots in the paper and therefore uneven effectiveness. Part of this, though, comes from having a curved blade.

    Now, for lapping chisels and plane blades (flat surfaces), this is excellent.
     
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    I thank you for, and accept, your correction.

    Actually, I preferred yours better for its brevity and wish I'd said it.
     
  14. Douglas

    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    OK, well, i just bought this: http://www.amazon.com/Woodstock-D113...6868010&sr=8-2 Will take the Messermeister to it first, then I'll try the rest of my blades (all Wusthof Classic stuff). Taking a knife skills class in April, too. Gonna learn to do this right. My cutting technique has been ok but I need to learn the real correct way of doing things.
     
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    I recently took a class and the instructors all implored us to learn to use the stone, and to rely only on ourselves.
    was this a cooking class or knife-sharpening class?
     

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