Discussion in 'Sharpening Station' started by Drayquan, Apr 10, 2019.
No, I keep them off the stone when I'm sharpening.
"This bleeding is invitable."
I would disagree.
I lost some on my middle and index when I was angrily removing chips from my yanagi the first time. Fingers stung for a couple days. Will be more careful on 200-400 grit stones now
When I first started sharpening, I would use my thumbs as angle guides.
The first streaks of red on the stark white 1000 grit side of my Gesshin 1/6k combo drove that technique out of me very fast.
Oh my god, that video was the most disgusting thing I've seen all week lol
That paper test result was NOT worth that much blood
I've worn the occasional flat spot, but have only made myself bleed once that I recall, before learning my lesson. And that was while fixing an old near wedge straight razor...dunno how you rub a stone that bad on angles used on knives
Edit: on the plus side... I guess you don't have to worry about your store surface drying out with this method?
No. But the heat sensitivity has severely dropped (from work, mostly grill station).
I bought 4 stones about 12 years ago. Shapton Glass 500, 2k, 4k, 8k. I still have three of them. The 2k hit the floor a couple years ago and has been replaced. When I first got them I had some friends who I had just meet over to the house. I asked them to bring their knives over. I had only used Norton oilstones at work and my technique must have involved holding my thumb on the stone, which hadn't been a problem on the oil stones. I also didn't realize how much water was going to be used. I didn't have very good light where I was working. I'm fairly color blind. I'm fairly pain insensitive. About ten knives into a battered set of Wusthoffs someone came to check my progress. She screamed. There was bloody swarf all over me, all over the stones, dripping onto the floor. It basically is that video was on accident. They still give me sht every time we see them. I only made that mistake once. But nonetheless, more from touching hot stuff, most of my fingerprints have bald spots.
Occasionally when I go on a polishing spree with finger stones. After some of these sessions I cannot unlock my phone reliably using my fingerprint for a day or two. No bleeding though!
What a moron.
OMG, this is so smart! I bet you could use his method to restore the patina at the same time you are sharpening!
The red, the white of the stone, the blue of the patina. USA!
I did it once when trying to thin a takeda on diamond plates. Other than that the next culprit is heat. I also turned my fingerprint sensor off because it became way too annoying at work to get into my phone just to txt someone that someone else’s food is ready. That being annoying as hell as is.
I keep meaning to program a non-dominant finger in as backup... maybe a pinky...
I play music as a hobby, along with my wife who is also an amateur musician. I value my fingertips. That means my sharpening method may be a little more cautious than necessary, but it hasn't kept me from getting knives as sharp as I want them. Just takes a little more time. Rushing is the enemy for your fingertips and other body parts. Take it slow.
The last time I messed up, it was rushing to peel potatoes with a new peeler I wasn't familiar with, and sliced off half the index fingernail on my left hand. It grew back okay, but it was another of those little life reminders that it doesn't pay to be in a hurry. Unless you do this for a living, and I'd probably have more injuries if that was the case!
Man, peelers are the worst. If only there were peeler forums that emphasized great technique, I would have been saved from 90% of my non-burn kitchen injuries this past year.
Best peeler in the known universe:
Pretty damn hard to cut yourself with it, too.
I respectably disagree. There is no worst thing as having a peeler with pivoting blades.
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