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by jmcnelly85
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fun stuff.
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Re: Fun stuff.

The 440 on the buck and gerber act like two completely different animals on the stones. I actually really like what buck does and can get them in goodnworking order in no time. Gerbers... get sharp, I guess. I like lopers when I know I’m going to be taking a lot of specific things that don’t quite n...
by jmcnelly85
Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:49 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fun stuff.
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Re: Fun stuff.

I rushed it, jumped early, and only used visual cues while sharpening an unfamiliar knife with an angle not where my muscle memory is. Once I slowed down and started letting paper tell me when sharpness was happening, results improved dramatically. I’d be shocked if it was a ht problem.
by jmcnelly85
Sun Jun 23, 2019 1:47 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Fun stuff.
Replies: 5
Views: 119

Fun stuff.

A while back, there was a thread on EDC knives that got me thinking about upping my yard/utility knife situation. For years I’ve been rocking a 3.5 inch partially serrated gerber folder that’s seen countless branches, stump roots, bottle caps, and whatever else my acres have thrown its way. The prev...
by jmcnelly85
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:31 pm
Forum: Knife Knowledge, Skills, Technique and Care
Topic: Polishing for performance and glide (not looks)
Replies: 8
Views: 128

Re: Polishing for performance and glide (not looks)

After thinning, I’ve used a 320-800-2000 stone progression above the core steel. Performance wise, it leaves the area smooth enough for penetration while still doing an acceptable job at shedding food. Aesthetically, it’s a somewhat hazy finish that doesn’t look bad. I’m not an expert on the manner,...
by jmcnelly85
Sun Jun 02, 2019 11:52 am
Forum: Knife Knowledge, Skills, Technique and Care
Topic: If you had only one knife to bring to work
Replies: 63
Views: 3327

Re: If you had only one knife to bring to work

Mid-level stainless beater petty knives seem more common in restaurants than high end petty knives. I use an old aebl artifex and have probably seen more Mac utility knives than anything else. If your looking for a petty I’d start there and wait to see if you need to upgrade.
by jmcnelly85
Thu May 30, 2019 2:12 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Sharpening Gear Questionaire
Replies: 21
Views: 530

Re: Sharpening Gear Questionaire

4 and 7 can be combined, what is your current sharpening strategy? Do you already have stones, steels, flattening plate? I would try to fish out if people use a traditional honing rod from the get go.
by jmcnelly85
Wed May 29, 2019 12:22 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Stones for PM edc folders
Replies: 19
Views: 474

Re: Stones for PM edc folders

I took an s90v knife to a kohetsu 800 and 2k and was very happy with the results. Your glass stones should work fine, if you are having difficulty try bridging the gap with a 1k.
by jmcnelly85
Mon May 27, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Knife of choice for root vegetables ?
Replies: 14
Views: 502

Re: Knife of choice for root vegetables ?

Where on the knife depends on the knife and the user. If i’m using a laser thin knife like a takamura R2 210 gyuto, I’ll typically work closer to the heel in the “sweet spot” before the profile bends below the tip because the thinner knife has the most muscle around and below my pinch grip. On a thi...
by jmcnelly85
Mon May 20, 2019 9:52 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Guess the choil
Replies: 15
Views: 475

Re: Guess the choil

Does the apple wedge through dense product?
by jmcnelly85
Sat May 18, 2019 2:33 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Guess the choil
Replies: 15
Views: 475

Re: Guess the choil

****sabatier or K-sab?
by jmcnelly85
Mon May 13, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: This is a bad one
Replies: 23
Views: 866

Re: This is a bad one

Custom bunka?
by jmcnelly85
Wed May 08, 2019 12:10 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: F Dick Packing House Steel 10"
Replies: 8
Views: 324

Re: F Dick Packing House Steel 10"

The dick steels excel with softer, western knives that degrade by having the microserrations roll from one side to another. Harder steel Japanese knives typically roll less and require abrasives for edge maintenance. Your current 5k stone is perfect for maintaining your knives. From a practical stan...
by jmcnelly85
Mon May 06, 2019 1:18 pm
Forum: Knife Recommendations
Topic: Rounding out my kit
Replies: 6
Views: 283

Re: Rounding out my kit

Pick up a mandolin, a micro plane, and spend the rest of the budget on sharpies.
by jmcnelly85
Sat Apr 27, 2019 2:23 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Question about ideal progression for Blue #2 and Aogami Super
Replies: 12
Views: 595

Re: Question about ideal progression for Blue #2 and Aogami Super

There’s sharp, and then there is different kinds of sharp. A fascinating aspect of the entire sharpening process is that the final edges you like most now might not be the edges you like the most years from now. Completely converting a scratch pattern to the final stone leads to a great edge, as wel...
by jmcnelly85
Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Question about ideal progression for Blue #2 and Aogami Super
Replies: 12
Views: 595

Re: Question about ideal progression for Blue #2 and Aogami Super

Personal preference plays a huge factor in answering this. When I see your stone lineup, I see a lot of possibilities for potential final edges that you may like. Try a tight progression using all of your stones and compare it to one with a big jump, say going from the 1 or two to the 8. Compare tha...
by jmcnelly85
Mon Apr 15, 2019 6:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Game of Thrones
Replies: 8
Views: 383

Re: Game of Thrones

If I’m not mistaken, there are a handful of makers using obsidian for knives and surgical tools... a dragonstone gyuto would be more useful than the hounds new axe in my eyes.
by jmcnelly85
Mon Apr 15, 2019 12:32 pm
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Going where you guide them
Replies: 3
Views: 251

Re: Going where you guide them

I think I know what you are alluding to. Some knives will wedge true while others steer and veer; however, the effect is magnified by technique. I’ve long had a bad habit of holding a knife slightly off perfectly perpendicular, some slightly asymmetric knives naturally would work when my technique g...
by jmcnelly85
Fri Apr 12, 2019 2:01 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Questions for the Pro Chefs
Replies: 18
Views: 716

Re: Questions for the Pro Chefs

I’ve worked in some pretty cutthroat places full of junkies and machismo as well as some fairly laid back places as well as everywhere in between... the tone of an establishment starts up high and trickles down. I’m pretty lucky where I’m currently at, good people, good food, people have each other’...
by jmcnelly85
Fri Apr 05, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Blade Sharpness testing
Replies: 13
Views: 517

Re: Blade Sharpness testing

From a practicality standpoint, kens rolled up paper towel test might be the most useful test I can easily explain. If I’m establishing a new edge on a coarse stone, I know not to advance until I pass this test even if i’m a 320 stone, or even a 140 plate for that matter. A sharp knife will pass reg...
by jmcnelly85
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:28 am
Forum: Sharpening Advice
Topic: Pocket knives
Replies: 18
Views: 708

Re: Pocket knives

If it is a real Swiss Army knife, (SAK) it should take a nice edge, if it’s not it’s possible it’s just a knife shaped object that wasn’t made to get sharp. Since there is rust, there might be hope that there’s a high carbon content in the steel so it might be capable of getting sharp but is just st...