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SeanRogerPierce
10-17-2011, 11:32 AM
Hi Guys,

do you sit or stand during sharpening your knifes and why do you do it that way?

So far, I sharpend my knifes sitting. I would believe, standing gives you an advantage in positioning but so far the comfort aspect won with me.

kalaeb
10-17-2011, 11:34 AM
I stand because I change my body positioning to give my arm a better range of motion.

mhenry
10-17-2011, 11:37 AM
I always stand

Pensacola Tiger
10-17-2011, 11:38 AM
I stand because I sharpen at my kitchen sink.

Darkhoek
10-17-2011, 11:47 AM
I stand because I sharpen at my kitchen sink. Besides it frees up my movement so I can use both arms and body to project force. Better control and less stress on my lower arms and hands.

DarKHOeK

echerub
10-17-2011, 11:49 AM
I stand because I'm used to it that way, and because I rock back a bit to maintain my arm + hands at as steady angle when sharpening the back/left side of my knives.

bikehunter
10-17-2011, 11:51 AM
"I stand because I change my body positioning to give my arm a better range of motion."

"I stand because I sharpen at my kitchen sink."

+1 to both quotes. I can't imagine being comfortable, or having the required mobility, sitting down to sharpen.

TDj
10-17-2011, 11:56 AM
i stand. sitting felt funny to me when i tried it.

WillC
10-17-2011, 11:56 AM
I've found its easier to hone larger knives standing for the range of movement required. So I just got into the routine and body memory of standing now. That and with a washbowl with a plank over it on the table I would have to hone with my hands up in the air if I was sitting down.:D

ajhuff
10-17-2011, 12:36 PM
I sit. The only place I have room is at the kitchen table. And standing hurts my back.

-AJ

slowtyper
10-17-2011, 12:37 PM
I sit on the couch and use a low coffee table.

Twistington
10-17-2011, 12:47 PM
Standing tall like a man while sharpening is the only way for me. I think it gives me some more control and less stress on my back.

JohnnyChance
10-17-2011, 01:15 PM
Standing.


But Dave sits, so apparently we are all doing it wrong.

HHH Knives
10-17-2011, 01:28 PM
Im the odd man out.. But thats nothing new.. :tooth:

I normally sit at the kitchen table to do my sharpening. But im still learning and trying different things.. The last knife I did standing near the sink.

unkajonet
10-17-2011, 01:31 PM
I used to sit. But now I stand. It gives me better range of motion.

JBroida
10-17-2011, 01:36 PM
i stand...

as far as what i've seen in japan, its about a 50/50 split of sitting and standing. Some people do both (clearly not at the same time ;) )

jwpark
10-17-2011, 01:37 PM
Sitting.

Best to be comfortable when sharpening.

mr drinky
10-17-2011, 02:11 PM
Even though it hurts sometimes, I stand on an anti-fatigue mat out in the garage with a beer.

k.

shankster
10-17-2011, 02:20 PM
I stand because I sharpen at my kitchen sink.

+1

tk59
10-17-2011, 02:25 PM
standing

TamanegiKin
10-17-2011, 02:32 PM
Standing, feet in an orthodox boxing stance lol.

MadMel
10-17-2011, 03:14 PM
I sit if I can get away with it.. But most of the time I can't...

Vertigo
10-17-2011, 03:18 PM
Standing 90% of the time, but occasionally I sit down for lengthy projects like heavy thinning, re-profiling, repairs.

tgraypots
10-17-2011, 06:24 PM
I didn't know sitting was an option! Hmmmmhhhhhh, this could be life-changing.

Andrew H
10-17-2011, 06:31 PM
I literally was going to post this thread right now,
"I stand because I sharpen at my kitchen sink."
+1

stevenStefano
10-17-2011, 06:39 PM
I sit because I sharpen at my dining room table. I find it very easy and comfortable. Used to use an EP standing and found the action of using it very tiresome

rulesnut
10-17-2011, 07:31 PM
I mostly sit. I purpose built a workbench 25 inches high so I could just barely get my legs under it when seated. This leaves the stone at my preferred belly button height. I occasionaionally stand when touching up on a sink bridge.

Dave Martell
10-17-2011, 08:02 PM
I think if you can stand for how ever long you sharpen then this is probably the best way to go for most people as it seems to offer the best stance options to get less wobble and more control. That said I sit myself because I started stone sharpening inside my sharpening truck and now I'm sort of locked into it.

Which ever way you go the big thing is getting the height correct - this makes such a huge difference to your results.

RRLOVER
10-17-2011, 08:38 PM
I sit.....I tried standing and IT SUCKED.

mc2442
10-17-2011, 08:54 PM
I like using my sink bridge, so standing for me as well.

SpikeC
10-17-2011, 09:15 PM
I have a really compromised right shoulder so standing gives me the ability to use the rest of my body to get the job done. I sharpen from my hips!

ecchef
10-17-2011, 09:33 PM
Stand.

apicius9
10-17-2011, 09:43 PM
I sit when I pack the knife up and I stand when I give it to the mail person to be sent to Dave, so I do both :D

If I do sharpen myself, I stand. But usually my sharpening time is limited by the onset of back pain, still have to play around with the height of the kitchen counter, I guess.

Stefan

Dave Martell
10-17-2011, 10:21 PM
I sit when I pack the knife up and I stand when I give it to the mail person to be sent to Dave, so I do both :D



:lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2::lol2:

add
10-18-2011, 12:04 AM
Prone.
Definitely prone.
Whilst on the couch.
And one handed... how else are ya gonna hold a martini ? :wink:

Actually, for you that stand and experience back pain try elevating a leg by placing your foot on a short stool (or phone book, shoe box, inverted tupperware, whatever you have handy).

You might be pleasantly surprised...

JohnnyChance
10-18-2011, 12:07 AM
I also rock back and forth slightly with my whole body most of the time, so standing is nice for that. And from the "time spent" thread, I spend way less time on each knife than most others, so 5 or 10 minutes standing isn't going to kill me or get uncomfortable, especially when I am used to standing at work 12 or 14 hours a day.

tk59
10-18-2011, 12:11 AM
I also rock back and forth slightly with my whole body most of the time...Is that some sort of nervous twitch you've got going there?

JohnnyChance
10-18-2011, 12:32 AM
Is that some sort of nervous twitch you've got going there?

"Wapner, gotta watch Wapner."

Vertigo
10-18-2011, 01:08 AM
"Wapner, gotta watch Wapner."

:lol2:

Cadillac J
10-18-2011, 09:54 AM
I also rock back and forth slightly with my whole body most of the time, so standing is nice for that.

I will catch myself doing this as well...stand with legs staggered and get my whole body into it.

Citizen Snips
10-18-2011, 12:02 PM
standing-i always stand because i sharpen at my kitchen sink or at my homemade sharpening workbench in my basement. i was just recently allowed to begin sharpening upstairs because my wife is always asking me to sharpen her knife. it was a good trade for me :D

i tried sitting a few times but i found i wasnt able to get the right pressure. it just seems more dangerous and because im used to spending 10-14 hours on my feet anyway, it is a lot more natural

NO ChoP!
10-19-2011, 01:57 PM
I will catch myself doing this as well...stand with legs staggered and get my whole body into it.

+1, lol
Sometimes I feel I'm really getting into it, and look around to make sure no coworkers are snickering.