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    Old Hickory 14" Bullnose

    Ok, I saw one, had to have it to play with, love BBQ, thought of the possibilities (endless in my estimation). Now what? How to sharpen the thing properly?

    How can I effectively sharpen the knife when I have 8 inch plates, I do not wish to purchase more. Can you sharpen on 8" inch plates? I have a wicked edge system but I think that would also be too small.

    I also have a chef's choice that I do not use, but it am considering it now because of the blade length and the fact we're talking a $16 knife.

    Of course I thought about sending it to Dave Martell or John at JKI for sharpening but I was afraid I might receive it back in pieces with a nasty note along the lines of don't send a knife like this again.

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    Not sure what you are referring to by "plates." With typical freehand sharpening stones, the length of the blade doesn't matter...though a sword might be rather challenging. I don't think a 14" blade would be any trouble.
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    Old Hickory 14" Bullnose

    I say get the plates out. What do you have to lose? Plates sound like the way to go. It's not like your trying to sharpen on 9 inch plates or anything. Please video the process we don't get to see eight inch plates often enough.
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    Very funny mucho.....Plates = DMT 8x3 diamond stones approx. 0.375 in thick, not exactly water stones I call them plates because they're thinner than stones. 14 in blade on an 8" stone is rather unbalanced. I have kind of made up my mind to sharpen it on the electric sharpener I have packed away somewhere. After all it's not like a custom or vintage blade we're talking about it's a $16 carbon ol' hickory bullnose, easily replaced.

    Thanks for the input.

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    There shouldn't be any problem sharpening a 14" knife on your DMTs. They are the same size as a waterstone, and I sharpen a 13" yanagiba on an 8" x 3" stone easily.
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    Just messing with Bear but thanks for the clarity.
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    Yes I have already took it to the plates or stones, but it was like sharpening a heavy Machete on a fishing hook stone.


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    Clamp the blade down and freehand the stone, Takeda style. That's usually what I end up doing.
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    I'm guessing you've never seen katana sharpening done on Jnats? The size of the stone doesn't matter, it's all in the technique Yeah, a little pocket sized DMT would take forever to get the job done, but the job could get done.
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    You know clamping the blade down might be the ticket and then using the stones.

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