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    grinding down the bolster

    My early adventures in sharpening have produced a knife (10" Sabatier Carbon Chef's) where part of the edge is ground down a little past where the bolster extends. So part of the edge won't hit the board until I grind down the bolster a bit. Any advice for doing this, other than using my coarsest stone and having at it?

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    Belt sander or an angle grinder. Just be careful and don't go crazy on the grinding.

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    Use sandpaper, and level the finger guard with the relief bevel. I use sandpaper on linen, grit P120 to start with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franzb69 View Post
    Belt sander or an angle grinder. Just be careful and don't go crazy on the grinding.

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    a. I wld prefer the belt sander.. sort of roll over the protruding part of bolster

    b. IF I have to use an angle grinder, either I secure Knife has to be strongly secured or secure the Angle Grinder (AG) and bring the knife to the AG. I prefer the latter as it is safer. Ag with variable speed makes sense. IT does seem that there are more grit option on a belt sander than an angle grinder.

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    it would be the fastest way. just finish with sanding paper when you think you've done enough.

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    If you don't have a belt sander/grinder, a sharp file, vise, and cautious patience will go a long way. Afterwards you can clean up with sand paper.

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    Absolutely the worst thing about the Sab's...mine is due for more work again.

    once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right

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    I wish you lived close by. I'd borrow it for a few days and tune it up for you, just because. Is there anyone local who could do it for you?
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    That's true. It depends on the Sab, but in general, you're right. This is a minor annoyance, though I think Sabs (most) are worth the little bit of extra work.
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