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Messages - Herman Trivilino

Quote from: Ken S on April 15, 2024, 11:39:50 PMHi, Herman. I am glad you posted. I assume your "homemade jig" is the famous "Herman's Homemade Small Platform" so familiar to the oldtime members of this forum. Sadly, your homemade jig may not be familiar to many of our newer members.

Thanks, Ken. Anyone can do a YouTube search using my name and easily find the video I posted many years ago. It shows the prototype, which I have refined a bit, but it gives the basic idea.

The main thing people need to understand is that you have to use the base of the scissors jig, because the tool rest leaves the knife too far away from the grindstone. The scissors jig base is still usable for sharpening scissors, you just have to remove the platform, which is easy to do.
Also, if you plan to sharpen small edge angles, you will need to bevel the underside of the platform where it meets the grindstone. You may find that your platform flexes because it is too thin.

I'm delighted that all these years later people are still making this jig and watching my YouTube video.
You will need flat head screws so that the screw heads will not stand proud of the surface of the jig. Also, get some cheap adhesive-backed felt that you can attach to the surface of the platform so that you don't scratch your expensive knives.

There's a YouTube video that you can find by putting my name in the search engine. Since making that video I have made several refinements to the jig.

Now that Tormek has a small knife jig, the only claim to fame for this jig is that it can sharpen long blades, such as a machete. I use it, though, to sharpen all my knives. I set the angle and then I can sharpen many knives at that same angle without having to re-mount the jig or make any adjustments.

A question arises. Why do the Victory brand fish filleting knives use a softer steel? Is it to make sharpening on-the-go easier? Do they sacrifice hardness so they can get improved ease of sharpening, improved ability to stay sharp, improved ability to resist staining?
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April 24, 2024, 02:53:58 PM
Quote from: Ken S on April 22, 2024, 01:53:49 AMWhile there, I enjoyed "The Mad Scientiist Room" filled with all kinds of used and surplus lab equipment, a tinker's paradise. They also carry an impressive variety of optical gear and science projects.

If I was ever aware of that aspect of their history I've long ago forgotten it. It's no wonder that they grew into today's highly-respected scientific supply house. In recent decades a lot of scientific supply houses have fallen into disrepair. Fallout from the beginnings of the digital age. Most of them just ain't what they used to be.
Quote from: niquedouille on December 16, 2023, 09:29:27 PMI'm using a lot of old pieces of wood, and my tools often meets an hidden nail.[...] it's a pain in the ass to spend 20 minutes on one chisel to get a straight edge when it could take 30 sec on a dry grinder.

I'd like to have only one stone.

Sorry about the late response. I suppose by now you've chosen a stone. I would recommend the SG as it will be more versatile. I would also recommend keeping your dry grinder handy. I use mine often to remove lots of steel when necessary, such as when you you have a large gouge in a chisel, dipping the tool in water often to keep it cool. Then finish up on the Tormek.

Just as an example, when sharpening a mower blade I first clean it with a wire brush attachment on my dry grinder. Then I start to grind on the Tormek so I can observe the edge and see where large amounts of steel need to be removed. Then I move to the dry grinder to remove lots of steel. Then it's back to the Tormek to again observe the edge. I repeat this as many times as needed. It speeds up the process and saves wear on the expensive Tormek grindstone. Plus, the water from the Tormek keeps the blade cool.

My Tormek sits next to my dry grinder so it's easy for me to switch back and forth.
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April 21, 2024, 04:58:08 PM
Quote from: Elden on April 20, 2024, 05:25:49 PMRob,
  Good to hear from you and that you are doing well! Thanks for inquiring. I'm doing well. Have been staying busy with other things such as gardening, etc. Haven't used the Tormek for quite sometime. Have done a fair amount of chainsaw chain sharpening but that has slackened  off since my son got out of the tree service buisness.

  Thanks for the message alert! It's a good thing that I had the password recorded as I didn't remember it.


Hi Elden. Good to know you are still around. Get that old Tormek out and freshen up the edges on your gardening tools. Even the lowly shovels and hoes benefit from a fresh edge. Roots are always getting in the way!

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April 21, 2024, 04:53:28 PM
Quote from: Ken S on April 16, 2024, 01:22:46 AMHerman,

Thanks for posting. I have always appreciated your mixture of an experienced college physics teacher and practical home shop workshopper.

Thanks, Ken. I don't know if I ever told you this. I think I recall correctly that as a youngster you were able to haunt the stockrooms of Edmund Scientific. I hope you realize what a special experience that was. Physics instructors have always held Edmund Scientific in the highest regard. Always providing quality equipment at fair prices. Their Astroscan teflecting telescope was an especially good contribution to the collection of equipment that any good teaching laboratory should have. That's a telescope we could lend to students with little fear of damage. I suspect you could drop it out of a moving vehicle on a country road and it wouldn't suffer any significant damage.

My apologies for hijacking this thread. :)
I prefer to sharpen towards the edge. It's faster and the homemade jig I have is easier to use that way. I never could free hand. Strange thing, my grandson has been watching me use my Tormek since he was a little boy. Now an adult, he can sharpen free hand using nothing but a stone and some lubricant.
Tormek T-1 and T-2 / Re: The T1. Should I get one?
April 15, 2024, 03:00:40 PM
I'm still here, Rob. I post occasionally. Haven't heard from Jeff or Elden in a long time. I won't be spending any more money on sharpening tools. The SuperGrind (T7) with my homemade jig makes it a breeze to sharpen knives. My "workshop" is my attached garage, just 5 steps out my kitchen door and I'm in front of my sharpening station. We have a modest collection of mid-priced kitchen knives that serve us well. The only thing I'm thinking of adding is a ceramic honing rod.

I do only a bit of woodworking these days. Mostly repairs. For example, recently built a couple of short sections of cedar fencing and a gate to complete a job that was mostly done by contractors we and the neighbors hired. My next project is to refurbish my tool shed doors with a bit of woodworking and some fresh paint. Since retiring a few years ago my interests have turned to things like pickleball.
Quote from: tgbto on August 09, 2023, 09:07:35 AMI can't speak for chisels, but I experimented with a carbide knife. It was not real sharp out of the box, and it did not get much sharper after quite some work.

The way these seem to work is they have very hard bits of carbide bound together by some kind of cement. When you try to sharpen those with a diamond wheel, you grind the cement and tear the carbide bits off. That being said, it seems to me the overall geometry of the chisel striking end is of more consequence, function-wise, than the actual edge ? Or does a sharp edge have any hope of staying sharp past the few first strikes ?

Tungsten carbide steel is very hard, so it makes for a long-lasting and durable edge on a tool. But it is brittle. You cannot sharpen it to a fine edge because it so thin that it chips. You can notice this on new carbide tipped tools. Like the point on a carbide tipped circular saw blade has about a 70 degree bevel. Try to sharpen this to a more acute angle and chips will fall away from the tips.

For this reason, I've never seen or heard of a carbide steel knife. There are carbide tipped scribing tools that are used to scribe vinyl floor tiles, for example. When they get dull people usually just replace them with a new one.
Quote from: grymoire on January 04, 2021, 05:21:15 PMI don't know if I can hammer the shaft to knock it through my black carbide wheel. I suspect the shaft diameter is reduced around the wheel and it would crack the wheel.

Yes, there's a huge danger of breaking the grindstone. I speak from experience. :-)
Quote from: Segovia123 on May 19, 2023, 08:50:31 AMConsidering it has very lite use I was surprised it needed truing

My grindstone did the same thing at first. I found that when I was sharpening knives I was applying more force to one side of the grindstone than the other.
The Tormek TS-740 Sharpening Station advertises "a work surface between 750 mm to 830 mm (29 3/4" and 32 2/3") in height".
Just continue to use your Tormek as usual. That little bit of zinc or aluminum won't hurt anything and will eventually be removed as you sharpen your tools, grade the grindstone, and true the grindstone.