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by Peter Nowlan
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:29 am
Forum: Videos
Topic: Restoration (so much info in one video)
Replies: 17
Views: 1870

Re: Restoration (so much info in one video)

Just saw this. Wow that fella has a lot of patience. I wonder what he’s using to wrap the sandpaper around. It’s quite impressive.
by Peter Nowlan
Mon Mar 18, 2019 6:38 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Flattening plate question
Replies: 17
Views: 258

Re: Flattening plate question

I’ve been using a 140 plate for a few years on every stone I have from 120 to 16,000 grit, it’s fine.
by Peter Nowlan
Tue Mar 12, 2019 6:43 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: How do i know when I'm ready for the next stone?
Replies: 5
Views: 217

Re: How do i know when I'm ready for the next stone?

This is a very good and common question and I’m sure I’ve asked it before. Here is how I know when it’s time to move from a coarse 500 grit for example to a 1,000 grit. I form the subtle burr on the 500 using whatever pressure is necessary to make that happen. Then and only then, on the same stone I...
by Peter Nowlan
Thu Feb 21, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Strop or ceramic steel?
Replies: 19
Views: 605

Re: Strop or ceramic steel?

I would use a finishing stone to maintain. This is not just pretty freaking effective it is conducive to building muscle memory. We hone, hone, hone then sharpen. The cycle should repeat itself.
by Peter Nowlan
Fri Feb 08, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: 1st stone
Replies: 31
Views: 936

Re: 1st stone

MikeT I know what you’re saying. If a beginner picked up a knife that is resistant to abrasives and then tried to form a burr using a 1,000 grit stone he/she would find it difficult, I would find it difficult. So this could lead into a lack of confidence and frustration. However if the person picked...
by Peter Nowlan
Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:16 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: 1st stone
Replies: 31
Views: 936

Re: 1st stone

When a person asks for one stone it’s an indication that he/she is a novice sharpener. That’s fine, everyone was a novice at one point. So with that in mind I don’t see an issue learning to sharpen on one stone which should be a Naniwa Professional 1,000, or a stone that’s proven itself to be a good...
by Peter Nowlan
Thu Jan 24, 2019 7:02 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Already have Naniwa Pro #400 .. Do i need #320 stone?
Replies: 23
Views: 508

Re: Already have Naniwa Pro #400 .. Do i need #320 stone?

ChefMarky. You don’t need a 320 grit stone, however for most of us here, we are well beyond the point of only buying stones that we need. If that were the case I’d have 4 stones instead of 40. If I were you I’d pick up a 220 grit stone if you feel you need to go coarser than 400. That would also sav...
by Peter Nowlan
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Correct me if I’m wrong. Switch Hands
Replies: 62
Views: 1590

Re: Correct me if I’m wrong. Switch Hands

Thank you Greg. It took a long time, a few years for my brain to respond to my perception though. It seems so simple now, scratch patterns, things I dream about sometimes, it just didn’t click in that that was the reason the left side looked different than the right side. As for 10,000, I’m well bey...
by Peter Nowlan
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Peter Nowlan set
Replies: 2
Views: 187

Re: Peter Nowlan set

It’s not my set, it was developed by Knifeplanet. The owner worked with Naniwa I believe. He sent me a kit to test it out. The stones are smaller but I had no problem making very dull knives sharp with the stones. It’s a good set for the price of someone wants to start sharpening knives and not fork...
by Peter Nowlan
Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Correct me if I’m wrong. Switch Hands
Replies: 62
Views: 1590

Re: Correct me if I’m wrong. Switch Hands

There is a lot going on when learning to sharpen. I’ve had students who have never seen a whetstone so the immediate challenge is fundamentals, basics. How to hold the knife, burr Formation etc. Talking about scratch patterns and such would fall on deaf ears. I always offer a free follow up lesson a...
by Peter Nowlan
Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:28 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Correct me if I’m wrong. Switch Hands
Replies: 62
Views: 1590

Re: Correct me if I’m wrong. Switch Hands

Peter, since I have seen all your previous videos many times (and those of Ken), I'd like to see how your new approach compares to the old one. Thus I look forward to a new video of you using both hands! (-: When I first started sharpening, I did think using the same hand was odd. I know you and ot...
by Peter Nowlan
Thu Jan 03, 2019 6:49 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Correct me if I’m wrong. Switch Hands
Replies: 62
Views: 1590

Re: Correct me if I’m wrong. Switch Hands

Cool post Jeffry thanks. In all honesty it was easier than I anticipated using my left hand. Holding the angle was easy, it was the motion of pushing the knife back and forth from end to end of the stone that felt unnatural. It took me about 20-30 knives to get comfortable. Also the tip and heel are...
by Peter Nowlan
Wed Jan 02, 2019 4:47 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: stone recommendations for axe sharpening
Replies: 30
Views: 840

Re: stone recommendations for axe sharpening

10 minutes after my last post on this topic I got a call about axe sharpening. Then I got one on salon shears. I need to get my axe together.
by Peter Nowlan
Wed Jan 02, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: stone recommendations for axe sharpening
Replies: 30
Views: 840

Re: stone recommendations for axe sharpening

I can see a 60 grit stone in my future. I’m getting several calls about axe sharpening.
by Peter Nowlan
Tue Jan 01, 2019 2:13 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: stone recommendations for axe sharpening
Replies: 30
Views: 840

Re: stone recommendations for axe sharpening

Correct me if I’m wrong but we are talking about holding the stones in your hand and keeping the axe head stable right?
by Peter Nowlan
Sun Dec 30, 2018 7:46 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Sharpening - edge retention
Replies: 8
Views: 410

Re: Sharpening - edge retention

Edge retention is one of the great mysteries of sharpening, it’s a puzzle with one of the pieces missing, some of us can’t solve it completely. Don’t let it bother you, think of it as an opportunity to experiment, to get closer to solving the puzzle. As J David pointed out there are many factors tha...
by Peter Nowlan
Thu Dec 27, 2018 3:24 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Correct me if I’m wrong. Switch Hands
Replies: 62
Views: 1590

Re: Correct me if I’m wrong. Switch Hands

I can’t see it making a difference but who knows, I’ll let you know in 10 years, that’s how long it took me to become efficient with my right hand so we’re looking at a decade at least here. 👍
by Peter Nowlan
Thu Dec 27, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Correct me if I’m wrong. Switch Hands
Replies: 62
Views: 1590

Re: Correct me if I’m wrong. Switch Hands

Greg I noticed differences in wide bevels as well which as I said earlier is why I relied on the EP for mirror finishes on folders. Unlike you, I just didn’t figure out the reason why it was happening until recently. I never even thought to ask anyone about it either, I think I assumed it was an iss...
by Peter Nowlan
Wed Dec 26, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Correct me if I’m wrong. Switch Hands
Replies: 62
Views: 1590

Re: Correct me if I’m wrong. Switch Hands

I knew you could easily switch hands Ken but I just didn’t feel the need for it until recently. I should say that I didn’t know that it would make a difference but it sure does. It’s getting much easier now, I practice every day.
Thanks to all who replied and shared information.
by Peter Nowlan
Wed Dec 19, 2018 12:51 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: New to sharpening advices
Replies: 57
Views: 2118

Re: New to sharpening advices

Tom: Thank you very much. 😊 Yes the reflections come from metal that has yet to be removed, so the burr has been formed and I’ve done my best to remove it all, all that old fatigued metal has to go. It likes to cling to the mother ship so it often takes a little more work. I forgot to mention that I...