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Posted September 01, 2015 - 04:01 PM

Do you hate the time it takes to sharpen knives? I found this on pinterest. I commonly touch up my knives and chisels on a cotton buffing wheel, but this looks like something I need to try.

 

https://www.pinteres...42648029577742/


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Posted September 01, 2015 - 06:50 PM

Looks interesting and seemed to work well but I'm not sure I would trust MDF spinning at 3600 RPM. Should have some type of guard around it.



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Posted September 01, 2015 - 06:57 PM

I don't want a knife that sharp.  If you make a mistake when using such a sharp knife, it can be bad.  I've never found the need for such a sharp knife unless filleting.  On a farm, a half decently sharp knife gets the job done.



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Posted September 01, 2015 - 07:56 PM

That looks good. Another variation on the paper wheels used by woodcarvers and whittlers.
I would not say I qualify, but play at carving and whittling.
Had not touched my knives and gouges for 5 yrs, since we had to move after the flood.
But Sunday got my knives and gouges out and touched up the edges. I have the urge to get back to it.
They must be scary sharp or they are dangerous.
If you have to exert much pressure, they can slip and you hurt yourself.

BTW, I have seen much larger rounds of MDF used as a backing plate to turn bowls on a lathe.
Very often bowl segments are held by gluing craft. Paper(brown paper bags) between the backing plate and bowl blanks, so you can separate them after turning with a knife.
MDF is very tough stuff, I hate working with it because it generates lots of micro fine dust.

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Posted September 01, 2015 - 08:10 PM

Do you hate the time it takes to sharpen knives? I found this on pinterest. I commonly touch up my knives and chisels on a cotton buffing wheel, but this looks like something I need to try.
 
https://www.pinteres...42648029577742/


I do the same with the cotton buffs. Wayne Goddard, a nationally renowned Bladesmith (I have two of his books) says the buffer is the most dangerous tool in the shop. Be careful, just as I will neither of us will not use them they serve a real purpose.
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Posted September 01, 2015 - 08:16 PM

I have a V steel that gets them sharp enough, then back drag them on shiny cardboard packaging to polish them up. They get sharp enough that I have cut the fingers on my left hand hacking at electrical tape. A fillet knife that is too sharp is harder to use than a semi dull one


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Posted September 01, 2015 - 08:18 PM

That looked like it worked well.

 

I prefer my work sharp tool.  It's like a small belt sander with three different belts.  One will sharpen lawn mower blades and the the other two will make a razor out of a kitchen knife.

 

Daniel, I prefer a sharp knife to a duller knife.  I likely do different chores with mine than you do.  

 

I touch up my blades on a ceramic coffee cup or plate.  Just use the uncoated rim on the bottom of either one. Works like a charm.  The wife might object, until you show her how nice it makes her knives.


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Posted September 01, 2015 - 09:54 PM

  Dave, I was just given a work sharp and sharpened all of Linda's kitchen knives and am amazed at the straight razor edge it puts on them.

                                          Mike 


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Posted September 01, 2015 - 10:49 PM

A dull knife is a dangerous tool.  A sharp knife will have your respect and do the job a lot easier and safer.  I still prefer the Arkansas oil stone and a good steel.  Just my opinion



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Posted September 02, 2015 - 06:46 AM

I touch up my blades on a ceramic coffee cup or plate.  Just use the uncoated rim on the bottom of either one. Works like a charm.

 

 My mother used the edge of a crock the same way.

 

 I do woodcarving and other woodworking; therefore I've learned to sharpen.

 1. If you have to use extra force because the knife is dull, your more likely to cut yourself.

 2. Also, if you are cutting yourself, you are holding the knife improperly while using it. .

 3. A sharp knife leaves a wound that heals better.


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Posted September 02, 2015 - 07:41 AM

A dull knife is a dangerous tool.  A sharp knife will have your respect and do the job a lot easier and safer.  I still prefer the Arkansas oil stone and a good steel.  Just my opinion

I agree, but mine aren't dull, rather just not sharp enough to slice paper easily.  I kept a knife in the milk parlor for various chores, and when it got too dull, I sharpened it on the edge of the parlor blocks, which are ceramic blocks.  It would lay a decent edge real quick.



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Posted September 02, 2015 - 07:59 AM

My father had gotten the center out of a long halogen bulb I think, it was one of the high intensity 1000 watt bulbs or something like that. Anyway, not sure what that center section was, but man he could use it to put a razor edge on a knife with it. Kind of like the old sharpen stick in the kitchen knife butcher block.

 

My back woods Ky grandpa used to sharpened his on the side of his leather boots while rocker on the porch...and you better not cross him or he would she how sharp it was.....on your hide!


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Posted September 02, 2015 - 11:09 AM

I would guess it's something ceramic.


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Posted September 15, 2015 - 08:29 PM

I'm with you guys a dull knife will hurt you. I Like an Arkansas stone and a ceramic rod to touch up. If I keep my knives in shape I don't need the stone. I hit my hunting knives with the stick as I skin my deer and haven't sharpened them in years. I have also learned to save my nickels and buy quality knives. That makes a huge difference.

I agree with buffers being dangerous. I used to sand and buff centerline drag wheels in high school on a giant buffing wheel. If you lost focus and let the buffing wheel grab the drag wheel look out. It was going to hit your chin and you were lucky if you were only bleeding slightly. The rakes used to comb the compound out of the buffing wheel will eat you for lunch.

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Posted September 15, 2015 - 10:12 PM

I worked in a cattle slaughterhouse for six months. Dull knives are dangerous.

Sharp knives go through your tricep like butter.
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