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    Quote Originally Posted by Baby Huey View Post
    All great recommendations. I planned on getting a strop in the near future. I will look into it, but do not know who Marko or Dave are. Still getting to know the community. I appreciate everyone's advice and time.
    Marko Tsourkan is a knifemaker who also makes/sells accessories (including a felt strop/base). Marko is a vendor here, so he has his own subforum. Here is a link to his website where the strop can be purchased: http://www.tsourkanknives.com/index....17-felt-strops

    Dave Martell is is the founder of this forum. Dave is a professional knife sharpener, who also makes custom knives and sells stones/accessories on his website, here: http://www.japaneseknifesharpening.com/

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    If you're just like everyone else on this forum, what will most likely happen is that you'll end up buying so many J-knives she won't have a problem finding a sharp knife in the house months at a time. And then the electric sharpener will just collect dust as you collect more stones and knives.

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    Do you know if your sab's were made in France or China? Perhaps some pics?

    If you've got the nice French ones, than another option could be a refurb to breath some new life into one of your old friends. Reduce the full bolster, regrind / thin behind the edge, possibly a new handle: it will be better than new. Dave Martell does such work as do many of the hobbiest makers. Don Nguyen just did perhaps the most beautiful sab refurb I've ever seen: http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...n-Knives/page6
    Yeah that top knife used to be an old rusty hunk-o-junk.
    "I gotta tell ya, this is pretty terrific. Ha hahaha, YEAH!" - Moe (w/ 2 knives). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVt4U...layer_embedded

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    Quote Originally Posted by Justin0505 View Post
    Do you know if your sab's were made in France or China? Perhaps some pics?

    If you've got the nice French ones, than another option could be a refurb to breath some new life into one of your old friends. Reduce the full bolster, regrind / thin behind the edge, possibly a new handle: it will be better than new. Dave Martell does such work as do many of the hobbiest makers. Don Nguyen just did perhaps the most beautiful sab refurb I've ever seen: http://www.kitchenknifeforums.com/sh...n-Knives/page6
    Yeah that top knife used to be an old rusty hunk-o-junk.
    When I first started reading your post, I immediately thought of Don. Such a BEAUTIFUL job! I hope to be seeing it here in a couple weeks in person .

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    This is why Global started pushing those water-wheelie, pull-through thingamebobs. Problem solved. Heck, I still have one and it does a serviceable job on my crapsteel beaters like Kiwis and such.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seb View Post
    This is why Global started pushing those water-wheelie, pull-through thingamebobs. Problem solved. Heck, I still have one and it does a serviceable job on my crapsteel beaters like Kiwis and such.
    I never thought I would say it,but that might be an option.I wonder if it would work wt the Wusthof knives.If you want low maintainence go Stainless,there are some good Japan chef knives in the 85.00-150.00 range wt good blade geometry that will easy outshine the Wusthof's.

    I would stay away fr. the electric grinders.Of coarse freehand skill on a whetstone will be be far better than than any pull through device.All you need is a Medium Stone to start & you can practice on the German knives.Jon Brioda's-knife sharpening playlist-are some of the best U-Tubes in english.Newspaper works for burr removal.

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    I will definitely check out the strops and watch some videos on freehand and make a decision. Time is constrained to say the least atm for learning curves.

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    What kind of spray would you recommend loading on the strop/s? Will probably get more than one to load different sprays if there are multiple kinds needed.

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    What kind of spray would you recommend loading on the strop/s? Will probably get more than one to load different sprays if there are multiple kinds needed.
    It kind of depends on your stone progression really. I have a pair of 1200 and 8000 DMT plates (extra fine and extra-extra fine)...but I went ahead and picked up 6, 3, 1, and .5 micron sprays. Mostly I did this because I deal with more than one kind of knife on a regular basis. For my kitchen stuff, the newsprint is really all I need and more. Once a week or so I just lay a piece over my DMT plate (it sits in a walnut holder I made), and strop 5-10x each direction. The edge is immediately restored (unless somehow I developed a chip etc). I then test the edge by rolling the newsprint and cutting into it along the roll. It hasn't failed me yet!

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    All sprays / pastes are not created equally. I've tried many different types from many different sources and
    this: http://www.japaneseknifesharpeningst...p/dudiasp1.htm
    is far and away the best. .25micron polydiamond. The stuff Dave sells is different than any others I've tried: cuts faster and longer: very refined teeth, but doesn't over-polish easily.

    Just start out with 1 abrasive and 1 strop and go from there. Newspring (phonebook paper works OK too) and some less mushy types of cardboard work well, but good leather or hard felt loaded with abrasive is just so much faster and less fussy. Both my girlfriend and sister use strops (just 1 each), and have been able to keep very functional edges on their knives for many months in between actual waterstone sessions.
    You can get one of the ones that Marko or Dave sells that have a base with interchangeable magnetic strop materials, or you can save some money and get all crafty:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9Smlj0fNnE

    The whole idea is to keep it simple and not over complicate things for yourself or the Mrs.
    Plus, no matter what you buy, you will end up buying more later when the addiction really starts to set in (and you have more specific requirements / wants)... so spend as little to start with as possible.
    "I gotta tell ya, this is pretty terrific. Ha hahaha, YEAH!" - Moe (w/ 2 knives). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVt4U...layer_embedded

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