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by Radar53
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:24 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Strop without any Compound?
Replies: 13
Views: 136

Re: Strop without any Compound?

You could try op shops for old belts or other leather goods, ebay maybe and some leather supply shops for offcuts. Sorry being in NZ I don't know directly who you could approach. And hey, they're pretty cheap right here < https://www.chefknivestogo.com/8inlest.html > as well.
by Radar53
Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Applying pressure only on backwards strokes
Replies: 6
Views: 74

Re: Applying pressure only on backwards strokes

Coming from an EdgePro background I'm really comfortable with edge leading strokes, so I apply pressure in both directions. On thinking about it I probably apply slightly more pressure edge leading. As you can see from the variety of responses, it comes down to peoples' preference & comfort levels. ...
by Radar53
Thu Jul 19, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Edge Pro Advice
Topic: Broken Stone
Replies: 1
Views: 27

Re: Broken Stone

Hi There MM. Any chance you can upload photo(s) please - a picture tells a thousand words!!
by Radar53
Wed Jul 18, 2018 8:36 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Strop without any Compound?
Replies: 13
Views: 136

Re: Strop without any Compound?

Yeah you can use a lot of things including denim. The benefit of newspaper & denim is that they're both free. Also check your wardrobe as you might have an old leather belt that you no longer use and this can be put to work by laying it out on the bench and stropping. Another freebee!! :mrgreen:
by Radar53
Wed Jul 18, 2018 6:28 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Sharpening small pairing knives (2.5-3inch, ~7cm)
Replies: 13
Views: 121

Re: Sharpening small pairing knives (2.5-3inch, ~7cm)

Yeah Joe, I hear you & I used to call it "paralysis by analysis" :lol: You talk about jigs and if you remember I have a long history with the EdgePro and I found that with tall knives with a lot of belly, that the bevels washed out as you got towards the tip & this is what put me onto to the change ...
by Radar53
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: First Stone Set
Replies: 26
Views: 235

Re: First Stone Set

Hi ryan & welcome to the rabbit hole. As per another recent post, I use the Cerax 1k / 3k combo in my travelling kit and like it. It's a very good toe in the water starting point. I'm a bit OCD and I generally lapp prior to any sharpening for a number of reasons. The Cerax is sort of a mid stone in ...
by Radar53
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Sharpening small pairing knives (2.5-3inch, ~7cm)
Replies: 13
Views: 121

Re: Sharpening small pairing knives (2.5-3inch, ~7cm)

Joe, yes I understood where you were heading with the angle vs the blade height as you progress down the blade and it had registered in my engineering brain some time back. I haven't given any of the following much thought, but my rationalising of the above wonders if it's somewhat self correcting, ...
by Radar53
Wed Jul 18, 2018 5:33 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Sharpening small pairing knives (2.5-3inch, ~7cm)
Replies: 13
Views: 121

Re: Sharpening small pairing knives (2.5-3inch, ~7cm)

Arrrrrrrrrr....... Just noticed the typo in my earlier post. The last bit should have read "and if you're looking for something around 12º, raise the spine about one FIFTH of the blade height at the heel".

Should have proof read it - sorry
by Radar53
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Sharpening small pairing knives (2.5-3inch, ~7cm)
Replies: 13
Views: 121

Re: Sharpening small pairing knives (2.5-3inch, ~7cm)

Just picking up on Joe's comments regarding the angles. Firstly like he says I think that a very large percentage of sharpeners set up their angle at the heel of the knife and let the process take care of any differences in blade height from heel to tip. I've also done the sine, cosine thing and her...
by Radar53
Wed Jul 18, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Stones for the next gen
Replies: 9
Views: 239

Re: Stones for the next gen

I agree with Kit & others & for me I use the Cerax 1k / 3k in my travel kit and also at home on occasions. Nice feel, soft but not too soft, doesn't wear too badly. HTH
by Radar53
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:40 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Strop without any Compound?
Replies: 13
Views: 136

Re: Strop without any Compound?

Hi there mlb. I'm a bit out of step here with the mainstream, so take this as an alternative view for what it's worth. I strop bare & don't use compounds, but that's just me. I prefer to abrade the burr off using the stones as much as I can, finding that this just gives me a better edge. I do always...
by Radar53
Sun Jul 15, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Kohetsu 800 on Closeout
Replies: 29
Views: 404

Re: Kohetsu 800 on Closeout

gladius - my apologies. When I was asking a couple of years back, what the people on the forum thought about perma soaking, prior to taking the plunge myself, I thought that you were one of the people that responded in the affirmative.

Clearly my mistake and once again my apologies. :oops:
by Radar53
Sun Jul 15, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Kohetsu 800 on Closeout
Replies: 29
Views: 404

Re: Kohetsu 800 on Closeout

@Cutuu. Sort of brings me back to wondering if this is an issue for a particular batch?? Also the cracking seems to be independent of whether the stone is perma soaked or not. There's three of us on this thread who perma soak without issue and I know gladius also does this and I'm not aware from any...
by Radar53
Sun Jul 15, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Kohetsu 800 on Closeout
Replies: 29
Views: 404

Re: Kohetsu 800 on Closeout

@old onion & jmcnelly85 ~ yeah, I think you guys are definitely right that it's not a splash & go. Either splash & go or perma soak work well for me, but it's the 15 to 30 to 60 minute soak that drives me to drink!!! :mrgreen:
by Radar53
Sat Jul 14, 2018 8:13 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Kohetsu 800 on Closeout
Replies: 29
Views: 404

Re: Kohetsu 800 on Closeout

Yeah, I wondered about how lacquering would work with a perma soaked stone. I don't know much about lacquering , but had thought that it was to stop water soaking into the cracks. Maybe it's to prevent the dry, wet, dry, wet cycles, especially if there is any expansion involved that could maybe incr...
by Radar53
Sat Jul 14, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Kohetsu 800 on Closeout
Replies: 29
Views: 404

Re: Kohetsu 800 on Closeout

@ old onion. Your post caused me a couple of heart palpitations :? Your's is the first reference I have seen for this problem from someone who perma soaks these stones. I purchased my Kohetsu stones mid October 2016 and I perma soak them. So a very quick trip out to the garage to inspect mine. Pheee...
by Radar53
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: lapping plate question
Replies: 6
Views: 154

Re: lapping plate question

+1 to Old Onion regarding the Atoma 140 / 400 combo. I have this set-up and find it really good. I try to use the 140 grit on stones under 1k, and the 400 grit on stones 1k & over. Having said that if after the first few strokes using the 400 grit Atoma, there is still a lot of pencil grid on the st...
by Radar53
Sun Jul 08, 2018 4:31 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Flattening; Yes or No. Why?
Replies: 17
Views: 305

Re: Flattening; Yes or No. Why?

I sharpen on a fairly regular basis and usually do a quick flattening after every session. I have yet to use up a stone. I would not sweat it too much unless I was dropping serious coin on a natural. Also, I am a sectional sharpener. If you sharpen in sweeping motions it is more relevant to keep it...
by Radar53
Wed Jul 04, 2018 6:12 pm
Forum: Edge Pro Advice
Topic: Coarse stones for EP
Replies: 4
Views: 144

Re: Coarse stones for EP

Keeping it wet is pretty easy. My Nub150 is a thirsty stone, but it's also quite small & what I do is put it in a small tray of water (stone side up & covered) while I set up the rest of my gear. Generally by the time I'm set up, the small bubbles have ceased and it's good to go. I dry the stone off...
by Radar53
Tue Jul 03, 2018 8:04 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Scythe Making in Norway - Video
Replies: 7
Views: 168

Re: Scythe Making in Norway - Video

Scull half a dozen stiff vodkas and hope that the wobbles & bobbles end up in sync :lol: