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by Peter Nowlan
Wed Nov 07, 2018 4:23 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: How to sharpen a single bevel knife.
Replies: 12
Views: 197

Re: How to sharpen a single bevel knife.

Ivan is a man that I’d truly like to meet. I’ve pestered him several times with questions about single bevel sharpening and he always replies with exceptional answers. If I got to go to Japan but but I could only meet one person, it would be Ivan.
by Peter Nowlan
Sat Nov 03, 2018 8:15 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: New to sharpening advices
Replies: 19
Views: 382

Re: New to sharpening advices

I often teach newcomers to sharpen freehand. It’s a fantastic opportunity and I myself have learned much from the experience. I’ll share what I constitute be the key slides in my presentation. Don’t sweat stone brands, you can fuss about that later. Buy a good brand such as Suehiro, Shapton, Nubatam...
by Peter Nowlan
Sat Nov 03, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: New Edge Sharpening - Peter Nowlan
Topic: Getting Started -Video
Replies: 8
Views: 2634

Re: Getting Started -Video

Hi there. Before I opened my sharpening business I made sure I could sharpen. This seems obvious but I mean really be confident in my skills. This is a business that grows by word of mouth only so it can either grow at a nice pace or die very quickly. 1. Gather the skills 2. Have a business card 3. ...
by Peter Nowlan
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:10 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: The edge is good, but not great. Please help.
Replies: 15
Views: 550

Re: The edge is good, but not great. Please help.

As Gregory mentioned, don’t think of higher grit stones as an answer to sharpening problems, not that I think you have any. You’re doing fine, get the knives as sharp as you possibly can on the 320, and I mean as sharp as you’ve ever seen the knives. It takes patience and diligence. Then and only th...
by Peter Nowlan
Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Sharp edge but won't cut tomato skins very well.
Replies: 20
Views: 956

Re: Sharp edge but won't cut tomato skins very well.

Gladius does it mention the finish on that knife, what grit? Joe answered this very nicely. All I can add is that the good news is that a highly polished 8k Edge can slice a tomato as if there was no skin on it. So that could be a goal to achieve someday, I made it a goal for myself years ago when m...
by Peter Nowlan
Tue Sep 18, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Newcomer to stropping, advice please?
Replies: 18
Views: 749

Re: Newcomer to stropping, advice please?

I use bare leather. Never got the whole diamond paste thing, tried it for a few years and came to realize I don’t need it. Nice bare leather is the only thing I use.
by Peter Nowlan
Sat Sep 15, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Rusty Knife project.
Replies: 33
Views: 1005

Re: Rusty Knife project.

Wet/dry sandpaper and lots of water. I start at 220-400 grit and stop at 800. It just takes a lot of patience but it’s fun seeing the changes to the way the knife looks. I’d never use a grinder for this but then again I don’t the nifty tools that Ken does and I don’t imagine many people do. I think ...
by Peter Nowlan
Sat Sep 01, 2018 9:38 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: How I sharpen a knife. (Video Tutorials)
Replies: 55
Views: 2178

Re: How I sharpen a knife. (Video Tutorials)

Mark,
I always use the pinky to teach novices to quickly achieve a sharpening angle, a great angle to achieve muscle memory. That pinky creates a space between the spine of the knife and the surface of the stone. Once you learn to control that space, sharpness follows, it's inevitable.
by Peter Nowlan
Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:56 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Beginner Advice
Replies: 13
Views: 379

Re: Beginner Advice

Hi. You’ve asked good questions. The EP exists because a brilliant man and sharpener wanted to build a system that removes angle stability issues. Many novice sharpeners suffer from Angle Fear and the EP not only solves the problem but has the ability to make someone who has never successfully sharp...
by Peter Nowlan
Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: How I sharpen a knife. (Video Tutorials)
Replies: 55
Views: 2178

Re: How I sharpen a knife. (Video Tutorials)

Old Onion, my sharpening journey started with one hand and it will end with one hand. I’ve tried using my left hand and it wasn’t to bad actually but I’m so comfortable the other way I plan to stick with it. Burr Formation and Burr Removal is critical Mark and a great choice for your video. They are...
by Peter Nowlan
Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: How I sharpen a knife. (Video Tutorials)
Replies: 55
Views: 2178

Re: How I sharpen a knife. (Video Tutorials)

As cool as that sounds, it’s your show Mark, I’m not going to spoil it. It’s nice being in the audience actually.
by Peter Nowlan
Sat Aug 18, 2018 7:38 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: How I sharpen a knife. (Video Tutorials)
Replies: 55
Views: 2178

Re: How I sharpen a knife. (Video Tutorials)

That’s an excellent video Mark. You’ve touched on topics that we just take for granted but are key elements to get a grasp of right off the bat. I know what you mean about talking while you sharpen. Really good Mark, better than mine.
Thank you.
by Peter Nowlan
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:53 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Gesshin stones, anyone use em and have any feedback?
Replies: 14
Views: 588

Re: Gesshin stones, anyone use em and have any feedback?

Have been using them for several years. In my opinion the feedback is sensational, not sure if I’ve experienced better in the 400, 2k and 3-6k range.
by Peter Nowlan
Wed Aug 08, 2018 7:00 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: How I sharpen a knife. (Video Tutorials)
Replies: 55
Views: 2178

Re: How I sharpen a knife.

Mark when I made videos for Knifeplanet my goal was to demonstrate that an understanding of the fundamentals is paramount. I think folks trying to learn get hung up on stone brands, toothy vs polished edges, what grit to finish at, angles, edge vs trailing strokes. Then there are some grey areas, do...
by Peter Nowlan
Tue Aug 07, 2018 6:57 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: How I sharpen a knife. (Video Tutorials)
Replies: 55
Views: 2178

Re: How I sharpen a knife.

Thank you Jeff, you’re way to kind to me😊.
I’m looking forward to see what you do here Mark.
by Peter Nowlan
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: How I sharpen a knife. (Video Tutorials)
Replies: 55
Views: 2178

Re: How I sharpen a knife.

Good Mark thank you. I love watching other people sharpen, its interesting and it proves that there a lot of effective techniques. You’re a good teacher Mark and I’ve enjoyed being a student for many years. I’m a better sharpener because of you and of course, because of this Forum.
by Peter Nowlan
Mon Aug 06, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: How many tries to get a good edge?
Replies: 27
Views: 739

Re: How many tries to get a good edge?

I sharpened at least a hundred knives at first with poor results but that was 40 years ago. I’m starting to get the hand of it now. I think everything changed after I got an Edge Pro Professional and finally saw what a really sharp knife actually is and I could set a new standard, new goals. I think...
by Peter Nowlan
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:50 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Flattening; Yes or No. Why?
Replies: 29
Views: 1280

Re: Flattening; Yes or No. Why?

Personally, I don’t care what Murray Carter does in regards to flattening. They come flat so keep them flat. Now I have changed my stance a little with flattening. There was a time that every pencil mark had to disappear, every 3 Knives. Nowadays I don’t draw a grid, every few knives I do some gentl...
by Peter Nowlan
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Applying pressure only on backwards strokes
Replies: 13
Views: 641

Re: Applying pressure only on backwards strokes

Something happened several years ago that changed my sharpening life. I stopped trying to mimic other people’s methods, I stopped believing everything I read and I learned to focus on one technique. I found something that worked, then went to town on it. I was able to focus on my sharpening rather t...
by Peter Nowlan
Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:35 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Polishing stone advice?
Replies: 10
Views: 407

Re: Polishing stone advice?

What I learned many years ago when I thought creating a mirror finish was important, when I completed the rite of passage so to speak, I learned that the polishing began well before the final stone. You need to be patient with all the stones to set yourself up for a successfully polished edge. The N...