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Knife Sharpening / Angle question
August 09, 2020, 11:46:29 PM
I sharpened a Henderer folder that had the original edge that measured 27 degrees on my laser protractor. I sharpened it at this angle using my normal system which will usually end up around 150-200 BESS no problem. It started a dull over 500, but the best I could get it was around 250. It's ok, but not great. BUT I usually use 18-20.  Is this a normal thing for that angle?
The reason I stayed with the original 27 dps is I didn't want to grind a larger bevel, for appearance reasons.
Knife Sharpening / Wire edge?
August 01, 2020, 10:26:34 PM
Hello Tormek pros. I sharpened a mid grade kitchen butcher knife today and had the following experience. The edge had been previously sharpened by me at 12 dps. It had dulled from normal use. I decided to use my new CBN wheels and they worked great. Apexed using a 400 then one pass on the 1000 cbn.
I then broke my normal protocol and finished on a new 4000 Tormek japanese stone. The JS250. I did it edge trailing using the frontal base and software, at the edge angle. It felt sharp on the thumbnail, but the BESS went to 900. WOW, not good. So i suspected a wire edge??
I then went to my 2 paper wheels at the edge angle 10 micron diamonds and then 5 micron diamond, went to rock hard felt with 1 micron diamond at 2 degrees higher. Now its 135 BESS. I went 2.5 degrees higher on the felt and it was a little better and ended on paper wheel at edge angle using green chromium oxide. 110 BESS, cuts paper super clean. So i stopped since its kind of a cheap knife. Any ideas on the super dull reading after the 4000 stone? Thanks for any ideas or input.
Knife Sharpening / Paper wheel
July 26, 2020, 05:26:58 PM
After grinding and setting my bevel on my T8 I debur on these 10 inch wheels. I use diamond paste at 10 micron and the other at 5 micron. My question is roughly how often should I add some diamond paste. Originally I dabbed a little on every spot between the slots. Also, should I ever clean them or just keep them loaded this way.
Knife Sharpening / Honeing without polishing.
July 17, 2020, 07:44:11 PM
I use a T8 and the standard Tormek stone to grind and set the edge. I then debur on paper wheels with diamond paste. I get great results as shown on my BESS readings. However, the bevel is mirror polished and sometimes due to the blade finish I would prefer as little shine as possible. Any ideas on de burring without polishing the edge to a fine mirror finish ?  Or maybe remove the shine without dulling the edge?
Knife Sharpening / Rock hard felt wheel
June 20, 2020, 01:07:29 AM
I'm using a T8 with the standard stone and a half speed 8 inch grinder with 2 ten inch slotted paper wheels. Every time I get a knife really nice and sharp (105-150) on a BESS tester and then get the idea to finish up with a rock hard felt wheel used on the Tormek at slow speed with 1micron diamond spray my edge goes south really bad.  (280) BESS.
So I'm done with that thing forever.  Done finished.
I can bring the numbers back with the paper wheels. Anyone have an idea why the felt wheel dulls the edge? I like to know if possible what happens, even if I'll never use it again. I've tried exact angle and higher and lower.  Btw I use the knife grinders software with angle supports on the paper wheels and the frontal vertical base for the felt.
To add insult to injury the felt polished a "tiger stripe" into the mirror finish which the paper polished back out.
Knife Sharpening / Wicked edge for bevels?
June 11, 2020, 02:21:45 AM
Has anyone else used their Wicked Edge for finding edge angles?  I started out with a WE, and still use it occasionally. Its great for determining the angles using a marker and fine stone. Its easy to dial in the angle and fine tune with the sharpie marker. I use a 1200 stone with light psi so i don't remove excess metal.
Knife Sharpening / My first success
May 28, 2020, 04:43:24 AM
After about 6 months of practice and study and watching the knife grinders videos of how not to do it and reading the " Burr book" I finally got a really good edge. It's around 220 on my BESS tester. (started at a dull 600) But most important for me is the dimensions are perfect and it looks like the factory edge except much sharper. This is a semi custom Hinderer folder with 01 tool steel blade. Here are my takeaways. I used a T4 and I spent a lot of time getting it to the correct working height for me. I started on a too tall bench, then I tried a lower one. Finally I ordered a steel work table and got the perfect height. Then I used my wicked edge to determine original angle with a sharpie marker. Then I took my time. Results were perfect for me. Plenty sharp and looks new.
Knife Sharpening / T4 and T8
May 20, 2020, 07:33:51 PM
I'm new here on the forum and appreciate all the experienced people commenting. I'm not new to sharpening, but am fairly new to the Tormek system. I bought a T4 about 5 months ago and have been slowly learning the ropes. I found the knife grinder people in Australia and they have been a great help. I'm also into other hobbies that are very information heavy (pistol handloading) and I am very aware of the amount of bad information that is out there. My goal is to avoid all that. I only sharpen knives for myself, kitchen knives and a few friends knives. I do it mostly for the challenge and relaxation and satisfaction.
I'm really thankful I found this forum because I was almost ready to sell my T4 and get a T8 after watching various you tube channels and reading confusing chatter on other sites. I was convinced I had made a huge mistake. I have the Japanese water stone and already had a half speed grinder set up with paper wheels for honing. I was ready to scrap it. Then I read some comments on here that convinced me I probably actually made the right choice. Anyway, I'm excited to join in here and hope to be a help to others and learn from all of you.