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  1. Try cutting 1/4" slices off a large carrot. If...

    Try cutting 1/4" slices off a large carrot. If you can hear it "crunch" and the slice breaks off rather than cutting smoothly, the blade is too thick behind the edge and is splitting brittle foods...
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    The edge on that cheap knife set was...

    The edge on that cheap knife set was frighteningly bad -- very coarse grind at a very shallow angle. They would indeed saw through most anything, and as hard as they are, I'm sure would never lose...
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    Boron carbide is harder, I think, but we are...

    Boron carbide is harder, I think, but we are talking very minor differences here. Silicon carbide often goes "blunt" fairly quickly as the corners chip off the cubic particles, making a hard bonded...
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    Lol, those look a lot like the cheap set I bought...

    Lol, those look a lot like the cheap set I bought to try out -- mine were $13 for a set of three in a blister pak. They had the worst of both worlds of cooking knives -- super hard abrasion...
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    I got very nice edges on some soft stainless for...

    I got very nice edges on some soft stainless for a friend. Don't know how long they will last, but when they went home they sliced carrots with minimal work. They will be back, I suppose, but...
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    Yeah, another abrasion resistant soft steel...

    Yeah, another abrasion resistant soft steel knife.

    These do not sharpen like hard carbon steels (or any of the more esoteric knife steels) because they are both soft AND very difficult to abrade. ...
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    Cheap stainless sharpens just fine on waterstones...

    Cheap stainless sharpens just fine on waterstones with light pressure. The edge doesn't last very long, but that's not due to the stones, it's the crappy stainless that folds over at a hint of...
  8. Thread: Finishing Stone

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    If you are thinking 8k grit, you might want to...

    If you are thinking 8k grit, you might want to consider an Imanishi Kitayama semi-synthetic stone. These are reputed to contain ground natural stone along with synthetic grit. Mine works nicely for...
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    I use a King Deluxe 300 grit from Stu...

    I use a King Deluxe 300 grit from Stu (toolsfromJapan.com I think) that works very well. Low wear, cuts fast, leaves a good scratch pattern easily removed. He has since recommended other stones,...
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    Eddie: What you need in the way of stones is...

    Eddie:

    What you need in the way of stones is somewhat dependent upon what type and composition of knife you are sharpening. I don't believe you have described what you are sharpening yet, so I'll...
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    DMT plates are OK, but I find that I like...

    DMT plates are OK, but I find that I like sharpening knives (and woodworking tools) on waterstones better.

    Depending on the knife you have, the diamond "stones" can produce micro-cracking along...
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    I did a couple knives for a friend, one of which...

    I did a couple knives for a friend, one of which I wish he would bring back so I could finish it, the tip wasn't really sharp.

    You will cringe twice when you get a 20 x magnifier and take a look...
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    The price difference between mediocre stones and...

    The price difference between mediocre stones and good ones is small, and hard composition stones are easier to learn on.

    You should be aware though, that there are many, many choices, and as...
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    Excessive use of horrible things like pull...

    Excessive use of horrible things like pull through sharpeners with carbide or very hard steel disks, serrated knife steels, or belt sanders can leave the edge of the knife in terrible shape. ...
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    If those are fairly soft stainless (likely the...

    If those are fairly soft stainless (likely the Henkles is), they can be a problem to sharpen. Use very light pressure and remove the burr as soon as it forms by making very light strokes on...
  16. Thread: Pickles

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    I make bread and butter pickles most years...

    I make bread and butter pickles most years (depending on the cucumber crop in my garden) and usually a batch of sweet "14 day" pickles. The bread and butters are easy -- slice them on our kraut...
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    "Boiled" linseed oil isn't boiled -- hasn't been...

    "Boiled" linseed oil isn't boiled -- hasn't been for a very long time. It has "driers" added that greatly speed up polymerization, usually metals in various forms that are NOT safe for food. Raw...
  18. Thread: Stropping Query

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    Chromium oxide is pretty harmless unless you...

    Chromium oxide is pretty harmless unless you ingest large quantities. Hexavalent chromium ions, rather than the trivalent ions in chromium oxide, which are only soluble in strong acids, ARE...
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    Being in Europe does change the picture a bit,...

    Being in Europe does change the picture a bit, but I'm sure you can get the "standard" recommended set easily enough if you look around, the stones are all Japanese for the most part.

    The usual...
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    Sandpaper will work fine, but there are things...

    Sandpaper will work fine, but there are things that stone do that sandpaper cannot. Waterstones release grit while in use, and especially in natural stones, this grit is friable and between the...
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    Don't rush out and buy a bunch of expensive...

    Don't rush out and buy a bunch of expensive knives until you've used you new on for a while. It takes a while to adapt to a really sharp knife (although you won't go back, believe me, to those...
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    I think the only real generalization you can make...

    I think the only real generalization you can make is that softer steel will not benefit from very high grit stones in terms of actual use. The edge isn't going to last very long in any case, and a...
  23. Thread: Stropping Query

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    I only use chromium oxide when actual metal...

    I only use chromium oxide when actual metal removal is required, mostly on WWII era watches where the base metal is sterling silver rather than brass (equally true of gold fill fountain pen caps and...
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    Green chromium oxide compound is typically 0.5...

    Green chromium oxide compound is typically 0.5 micron.

    I use it to polish watch crystals and buff up dirty or tarnished gold and silver, with great care -- easy to "polish" right through rolled...
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    I get shivers thinking about the damage a steel...

    I get shivers thinking about the damage a steel can do to a very hard Japanese style blade. Steels are use to re-align a soft edge and restore minor folding or bending of the edge. I do NOT...
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