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Messages - Sam Sloane

General Tormek Questions / Re: Vadim Kraichuk
January 20, 2022, 03:58:16 AM
Hello All,

Vadim is a Legend......As an Engineer, I envy and applaud all he did for this small but dedicated community......he debunked many fallacies so many have held on to for a long time, and backed them up with results.......he was and will be remembered as a person that changed the game.

Rest in Peace, a true scientist......
Knife Sharpening / Re: If you dont have a FVB....
May 11, 2020, 10:41:44 PM
Thank you both for the replies!

I took the "fixed" platform from the Scissor Jig, and clamped it directly on the blade, and used the rounded portion of that to "ride" behind the bar.....ground the one side, then reversed it onto the other side of the blade, and ground the 2nd side....

With such a small arm length, the bar of the support was just above the wheel, so it was a little tedious, but for a one off, it was the best solution I had at my fingertips....
Knife Sharpening / If you dont have a FVB....
May 10, 2020, 11:08:06 PM

I have 1 knife someone wants done......Its basically a Cleaver.....but it is too wide to use with the knife jig, and I dont have a FVB....

What are your down and dirty approaches to doing a 1 off knife like this?


Scissors Sharpening / Re: Scissors for Kevlar
December 29, 2019, 10:09:15 PM

kiitos minun frind! first wife was Finnish......i had no idea!
Scissors Sharpening / Re: Scissors for Kevlar
December 29, 2019, 06:39:44 PM
so, with the nub of the angle gauge riding on the this measuring properly???
Scissors Sharpening / Re: Scissors for Kevlar
December 29, 2019, 05:17:30 AM

When I say 15 degrees, thats 75 degrees on the tormek guide......I wonder if there is enough length on the Bar support to get that far away to do 75 degrees!
Scissors Sharpening / Scissors for Kevlar
December 28, 2019, 12:24:56 PM
Hi all,

I rarely do alot on facebook about stylist and grooming shears, but not alot out there on Industrial Shears....

Today I did 27 pairs of shears for a Composite Company......for cutting fiberglass, carbon fiber, and Kevlar.

I could cut the fiberglass, and the carbon, but none of my work was "stellar" when it came to the kevlar.   I was told to set the edge at 25 degrees by someone, but found the best for these was actually less than 15 degrees ( which my tormek gauge cant even measure, because the plastic bulge on the angle indicator actually touches the wheel....look for yourself!)

Does anyone have insight to what would work best for the kevlar??

Also, after doing about 15 pairs, I noticed my SB-250 Wheel was totally little waves running across the face of the this normal?....I have to resurface the wheel a few times to gring them out!


Knife Sharpening / Re: My First Super Steel Knives
August 07, 2019, 05:53:32 AM
so the M390???.....too hard?

what about just paper wheels with diamond?.....Micro bevel and already decent apex???
Knife Sharpening / Re: My First Super Steel Knives
August 07, 2019, 05:47:32 AM
thank you Wootz! are awesome!
Knife Sharpening / My First Super Steel Knives
August 06, 2019, 05:48:33 PM

I have a handful of Outdoorsmen knives to do......they are made from

M390  59-61 RHC
K340  57-59 RHC
Lohman Nicolox 1.4152.03   RHC 61

Right now they come in at Bess Scores of 200-350.....

I have only SG250 and a dual Paper Wheel setup using 14 Micron, and 3 Micron diamond (and Tormek leather wheel with compound)

Whats my best approach to doing these?

I dont want to screw up.......I have never tried anything with these high RHC numbers.

I would love to see my first sub Bess score of 70 on these!

Thanks in advance,

Knife Sharpening / Re: The O-ring of knife jig
June 27, 2019, 04:01:01 PM

Mcmaster Carr has Everything.....and ships to me. O ring was I cant even measure the size!

I am going to guess its M12 x 1.5......( ID x ring mat Dia)

I will find out.
Knife Sharpening / Re: The O-ring of knife jig
June 27, 2019, 03:49:42 AM
I also just lost an O Ring.......but I ought my T8 2+ years ago!

Sharpco, if you find the size on the package of the O rings you recieve.....I would like to know!

Thank you,

Knife Sharpening / Re: Unknown "Soft" Knives
June 27, 2019, 03:46:56 AM
Hi GUys.....

Thank you for replying......

On any knife, I usually do edge leading......but on soft materials, it might just be too aggressive at the apex and just keep tearing metal least that is how I envision having better results with edge trailing......I guess my question is if others have experienced this same train of thought
Knife Sharpening / Unknown "Soft" Knives
June 22, 2019, 05:26:31 PM
HI All.....Sam here.....been away for a bit.....

I have a question about junk knives.....

I was having lots of trouble getting any edge at all by grinding into the edge with many knives..... I could not raise a decent I decided to do Edge trailing.....and it seemed to do better....just a bigger burr to remove on my paper wheels/ leather wheel.....

Is there a correct or better approach to these things people hand you and expect razor sharp???


Any Idea how hard/good that blade is???