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Knife Sharpening / Re: New Tormek User Question
August 11, 2021, 09:00:15 PM
Quote from: Ken S on August 05, 2021, 11:18:01 AM
Truing multiple wheels oriented label up should be adequate.

Yes, it was on Tormek advanced knife video, they did explain why you always need to mount wheel with label facing same way.
No need to punch your shafts they are true and round.
Another reason to use diamond or cbn wheels, much smaller tolerances so don't have to worry which way label is facing.
Same here, i wrap my ones in cloth tape so i can grab them easy and also easier to clean.

I believe clean water is a must, specially with higher grit.

They work much better than original tormek magnet.

I use similar magnet on worksharp grinder when doing bolsters, so big difference.
Quote from: Kok on April 02, 2021, 07:53:57 PM
Well this has been a bit of a rollercoaster so far.

To make things more complicated for you, what I discovered was that universal supports are not square, they are bent down I would guess from welding forces. Same issue with small and large universal supports.

While it might be okay for stone you can true, I use only diamond wheels and can not true them but I did bent them back straight as possible as well as I had to file down welds as they were in the way for fvb honing.
Quote from: cbwx34 on March 10, 2021, 03:25:09 PM
Quote from: Dongiganti on March 10, 2021, 03:02:23 PM
However, with the length of the shaft, the pressure on the main bearings of the shaft would be too great for me.

I hope that holds in the long term.

The weight of the attachment is negligible... and the pressure to hone is (should be) very light.  I don't see the issue.

What am I missing?   ???

Correct, light to medium pressure is all you need for serrated knives. T8 is not moving even if I press hard and heavy grinding wheel is off, machine is too heavy.
Tormek says you can stack up 2 LA-120 units, so it's almost the same :)
Out of 100 knives we get 1-2 serrated, so it's use is limited, bolt it on when needed.

It does not wobble like felt wheels do, can do serrations with more precision, and small disc is so nice for pocket knife serrations.
Happens to me as well if i dont use it for week or so. I keep it in sealed plastic jar.

Run it through coffee filter before storage (official advice from Tormek)

Run it through filter to remove mold or just ignore it, dont think it can do any harm to wheels or blades.
Hi guys,

This is how I finish serrated knives. Works much better than expected.

Its freehand, and have access to leather honing wheel as well.

Its just M12 rod with coupler.

Made two versions, 20 and 33cm, to match knife length and depending on which side are serations to clear handle.

Thinking to make adapter so i can remove bigger wheel and have access to tiny wheel for pocket knife serations.

Always nice to use Tormek original accessories.
General Tormek Questions / Re: US-430 issues
February 14, 2021, 08:40:26 AM
Quote from: Sharpco on February 13, 2021, 02:59:38 PM
I'm a Tormek reseller in South Korea and I found rust on the same point in a few times.

So when I get US-430, I apply rust inhibitor on it before shipping to customer.

Did you notice they are not square ?

While we go extra mile for jig projection length measurement,
then set height with digital caliper up to 0.1mm precision but
turs out USB is not square and off by 1.5mm or almost 2 degrees only on one blade side.

While 1m of SS 12m rod costs here in NZ $7,
I paid $170 for USB and would expect top quality and squareness.

General Tormek Questions / US-430 issues
February 12, 2021, 09:36:09 PM
Hi guys,

Bought US-430 for extra long knives or 20/25 dps angle knives.

It was rusted around weld points.

So I complained to dealer, they opened another box and same issue.

I also reached out to Tormek support and they said I need to swap USB.

So dealer sent me new one.

Looks like they sanded rust sports and because it did not look nice, they sanded all around top bar.

Sanded area drags knife jig, it's like hitting brake once you reach that area.

Well, main issue is that both of them are around 1.5-2mm lower at the far end. They are not square.
So if I remove micro adjust, put them against each other I can see 3-4mm gap.

Which means if you sharpen really long knife USB height is 1.5mm lower by the time you reach tip.
And problem will be only on one side only.
1.5mm lower USB means angle will be ~2 dps lower which is not cool.

Checked both of them and they both are bent around threaded leg weld area. I guess welding forces are doing their job ?

I wish they made US-105 but with 5cm longer legs as it can sharpen pretty long knives anyways but has trouble going higher angle as legs are not long enough.
US-105 welds are so nice and it's perfectly square.

I think I'll get another one US-105 and use 430 only when absolutely needed.
This is my ~10th knife I did on my new T8.

I have all three diamond wheels and for all of them I did progression from coarse (grind while signs of burr) -> fine (2-3 passes) -> extra fine (2 passes) and finishing on leather wheel with Tormek paste.
All knives were previously done on worksharp ko blade grinding attachment.
Probably did not have to use coarse wheel, but wanted to run in diamond wheels before jumping on more expensive knives.

Around 8 knives out of 10 could slowly slice/cut Rizla Green paper both horizontally and vertically.

Here is photo of what my 15dps victorinox pocket knife can do to free standing hair. I left 2-3cm of hair free standing and tried to cut it. With steeper angle it cut it clean but when slicing at 10-20 angle it did what's in photo.

I guess it's sharp enough ?

Not bad for stock Tormek and such a toothy edge.
Hi guys,

Did ~6 knives on DC/DF/DE wheels as run in and noticed that water trough still contained shiny diamonds when I did last two knives.

As per instructions - no pressure, only weight of the blade. (Took me ~10 passes on coarse wheel to get convex worksharp 18dps edge down to 15dps on German mid range steel knife)

Anyone else noticed that ? Is it okay ?

I think coarse wheel is one loosing the most, as it feels now more like fine wheel when it was new.
It still has factory edge on front which is day and night compared to the top.

Out of 250ml of acc water, I lost probably half during long chefs knife sharpening.
Made this little device which fits snugly between FVB and handle and easily can be removed to pour water back in trough.
This fixed water spillage to only few drops when I swap wheels ;)

Also made my own FVB out of 50x25x3mm aluminum.
I did offset it by 17mm so it's in the same plane as vertical which brings it perfectly in the middle for both wheels.

Hi guys,

Anyone noticed different clearances for different versions of SVM45 ?

Bought T8 few days ago with 2 x svm45 and one svm140

First I noticed that 140 is much larger but it's much lighter.
svm45 is 300g+ while svm140 is 200g+.

I checked depth from handle top to static clamp.

For svm140 it was 7.35mm
For svm45 it was 7.35 and 7.05

I triple checked and got same results. I checked if handle was bent, but did not look like.

Then I noticed small numbers stamped on each jig part.

Jig with 7.05mm depth: static part number is 1, other part is 4
Jig with 7.35mm depth: static part number is 2, other part is 3

Anyone else noticed that ?

Which is not a bad thing, as perfect knife for first jig will be 2.1mm thick and 2.7mm for other jig.
More choices when I'll need to shim (layers of tape) to get blade more centered in the jig.