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    I was watching and said to myself...this guy sounds like a newfie (atlantic canada talk+ type of humor). Then I thought i heard a caper accent. Online info seems to imply that he's from the rock. There are a few newfies on this forum and they could probably confirm "legitimacy" more than i can. In any event, hilarious.
    Thanks stereo.pete. I had a good laugh

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    Quote Originally Posted by stereo.pete View Post
    I have never heard of Cliff but I am a fan, check out this video...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4LMFBaYIns
    I started laughing when he almost needed a tetanus(?) shot. Then I couldn't stop. I wanted to see if wd-40 would have worked there, might have needed more.
    Chewie's the man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr drinky View Post
    Not necessarily the case. I am no fan or enemy really -- I don't care to think in those terms. With that said, I stupidly recommended someone try the AEB-L version a while back when they asked me for a knife under $100 and after seeing this, I now feel like crap. So I am probably going to have to pony up and buy them a replacement knife to make things right again. After seeing the photos and this video I would simply not recommend this knife to anyone at this point. Even if some turn out 'ok', the variable quality should be enough to scare most people off -- unless Ken finish sharpens it I guess

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    FWIW, he doesn't think the AEB-L version is as bad as the M390. There is another video about sharpening the Artifex, and I found this exchange in the comments:

    Mike Boutwell
    "Thanks for recommending these Artiflex knives. I have these on my buy list since I wont spend a huge amount of money and those AEB-L knives should feel right at home being users in my kitchen!"

    Reply · Cliff Stamp
    "Yes, they are a pretty decent deal for a small shop type production knife. I had some issues with the m390 one I had but I don't think you would have similar with the AEB-L version."

    Here's the video;

    “Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikehunter View Post
    OK. I wouldn't recognize that if my life depended on it...nor would it make any difference in my opinion of his knife review. Shrug
    Certainly it wouldn't make any difference. But given that it was a comedy bit, and that his accent seemed to both shift and be much stronger than in his serious reviews, it was notable. Also, I couldn't place it...the best I could do was NZ/UK blend, but I knew that wasn't right.
    Remember: You're a unique individual...just like everybody else.

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    Just curious if anybody here has first hand experience with one these knives. I also wonder if any competent sharpener here would consider using a junk coarse stone and a King 1000 to reset bevels and sharpen a knife made with m390.

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    I've used one for about two weeks. I agree with Cliff Stamp's assessment; edge retention is on par/worse than the vg10 in my hattori hd and the knife is really really thick behind the edge. It resembles a western deba more than a gyuto OTB. The steel is extremely abrasion resistant, but not impossible to deal with. I thinned and set the bevels with a bester 500. If you're thinking about one, might want to skip it.

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    Thanks James, I've used diamond plates and stones on a few m390 knives successfully . I have a sweet custom ordered made with it. I was really just wondering if the comments regarding these were a result of animosity or reality. I observed the ridicule of another knife made from Aeb-l that I've had a little experience with. Took me about 15 to 20 minutes to turn the stock edge into a fine one. I'm sure any number of members could do it in half that time.

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    aeb-l must really be hit or miss. ive used some in the 300-400 dollar range that have been disappointing.

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    Accent - doesn't sound Newfie to me, b'y! Sounds more NE US somewhere-ish.

    Quote Originally Posted by Zwiefel View Post
    I couldn't place it...the best I could do was NZ/UK blend, but I knew that wasn't right.
    Not even close!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mrmnms View Post
    Just curious if anybody here has first hand experience with one these knives. I also wonder if any competent sharpener here would consider using a junk coarse stone and a King 1000 to reset bevels and sharpen a knife made with m390.
    I did multiple resets on this knife with a few different stones in the 400-1.2k range (although no King) and I didn't have any problems with any of them. I bet a King is fine.

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