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Messages - Ken S

Knife Sharpening / Re: New angle jig KS-123
June 15, 2024, 04:52:04 AM
Mine shipped today and should be delivered on Monday.

General Tormek Questions / Re: a conversation with a reseller
Yesterday at 10:30:11 AM
You'll (not) like this... in another sedgetool video, he just takes off the SG wheel and starts honing.  The shaft stays perfectly in place...

You're right CB; I don't like this. He does neglect to place the transport spacer. While part of me is sympathetic to oversights, anyone making instructional videos should be more careful and correct errors like this in editing.

One of my very few disagreements with the online classes is about replacement "transport spacers" This little spacer keeps the shaft aligned when the grinding wheel is removed. Unfortunately, it is frequently lost or discarded. When viewers question how to get a replacement, they are told to make one out of wood or similar materials. I think this is poor advice. Yes, I have made several out of plastic water pipe; however, I have a drill press. Complaints to Tormek and a prominent parts dealer went nowhere.

Last August, during my visit to Tormek, I had the good fortune to meet John and Darren Of Sharpening Supplies. I shared my complaint with them. They told me they would look into it. To my surprise, the spacer was listed on their website, along with several other hard to find parts. I immediately ordered one. Darren emailed me to let me know that my order would be complimentary, a nice touch.

Two bits of advice:

First, for those who still have their spacer, mark it "SAVE" with a Sharpie.

Second, make a note to include a couple with your next Sharpening Supplies order.

The spacers themselves are very inexpensive; it's shipping which drives up the cost. Combining them with other products softens the shipping cost.

Good videos, CB. Sedge and Big D are entertaining. Sedge's technique is solid, although he could pick up a few minor pointers from the online classes such as softening his grinding wheel corners and cleaning his SJ.

I believe youtube picks the titles. I generally try to ignore them. I would guess I do not finish almost half of the Tormek related or vaguely youtubes. Sedge's videos make the cut. (Being half New Englander, I also enjoy his Boston accent. :)


Your long knife sounds like a significant "need" for the T1 you have been wanting to buy. Buy it for your family to enjoy brisket!

Knife Sharpening / Re: T8 Buy or Not Please Help
June 11, 2024, 03:04:01 AM
Good thoughts, CB.

I remember when hollow grinding was all the rage in the 1970s. Most of us had six inch dry grinders, with friable wheels often worn down to five inches. These small wheels did produce a significant hollow. Not so with Tormek ten or eight inch wheels.

I enjoy sharpening. I hope you do, too.

Knife Sharpening / Re: Thoughts on the KS-123 class
June 10, 2024, 05:13:09 AM

Ah ha! I detect in your technique some embers of my old kenjig technique. I am glad of that!

I think most chef knives would fall into the 1 1/2 to 2" width range. With the wiggle room in the jig, I don't think this group would require much if any jig fiddling. I like your two support bar rig.

With some sharpening sequencing planning, I think the KJ-45 will be almost, but not quite as fast, as the kenjig.


I don't notice much difference, although, my thickest knife is a 3.2 mm Mora Garberg. I also have a Mora Companion HD which is almost as thick. Both are a little thick for the standard issue SVM-45, but easily handled by my Wootz modified SVM-45 with the .5mm mill out. And, I am a low volume sharpener.

I wonder about very this paring knives. My suggestion would be to stay with your present "old reliable" knife jigs and add a KJ-45. Personally, I never use my KJ-140. My boning knife is woo short for it.

Knife Sharpening / Re: T8 Buy or Not Please Help
June 10, 2024, 04:50:01 AM

Welcome to the forum. You can't go wrong with the T8 original model. The standard issue SG-250 grinding wheel is designed for the tools you want to sharpen. I suggest you start with wood chisels of medium width.They are the easiest tools to sharpen and can teach you a lot.

Belt grinders? I have two of them and like them. I converted both of them to variable speed DC motors, custom brackets, and reversing switches.It makes them much more useful, but also considerably more expensive. they can grind very fast, although can easily overheat edges. Personally, I would choose the Tormek T8.

Keep us posted.

Knife Sharpening / Re: ceramic knives with the S G
June 06, 2024, 05:09:45 PM
I do not own or sharpen any ceramic knives. My first inclination, no disrespect intended to the video presenter, would be to follow the advice of the Tormek expert staff.


I am reminded of two sayings:

The first, attributed to Prussian General von Clausewitw, "The enemy of a good plan is the dream of a perfect plan".

The second: "There are many roads to Dublin".

There are many good ways to sharpen. I happen to prefer the Tormek; however, if I needed to sharpen something where I was away from my Tormek, I would not hesitate to use whatever sharpening tool was at hand. Also, I do not expect my Tormek, or any other tool, to be the universal best tool. I would try to use the "right tool for the right job" (borrowing a phrase from Star Trek Engineer Scotty).

Knife Sharpening / Thoughts on the KS-123 class
June 05, 2024, 02:28:56 PM

I have been working with Dutchman's Grinding Angle tables for more than ten years. Even without an extensive math background, "Projection", Distance", "Bevel Angle", and "Changes in wheel diameter" have become comfortable old friends. I have Dutchman's tables downloaded on my ipad and printed copies scattered throughout my house.

I will readily admit that my kenjig has been completely outgunned by the KS-123 and that it will soon become mostly a relic. Both operate on the same theory; however, the KS-123 is far more sophisticated.

I had the rare opportunity of being in a discussion group with both Per and Håkan, independent designers of very similar jigs. Håkan kindly presented with a prototype jig.

Without the benefit of instructions or an online class, I had some initial difficulties understanding the KS-123; however these were soon surpassed. The online class greatly shortens the learning curve.

One concept which has been mentioned in several classes, but never fully explained is the concept of loading. Woodworkers encounter this all the time with hand plane depth adjustment screws. The same is true with adjusting wheels in machine shops. For precise adjustment, one should always  try to move the screw  ( with the Tormek that means moving the microadjust upward. This eliminates the "slop" . Either direction will get the job done; eliminating the slop just is a little better.

I will not be discarding my Anglemaster. I will move it from my knife jig to my square edge tools, where it was originally designed to be used. It functions very well with chisels and plane blades, especially with good light.


PS The most pleasant surprise with the KS-123 was the price. Having worked with a prototype, I honestly expected the price to be double the $50 US. And, instead of my present nine knife jigs, I could do the job with only one KJ-45 (possibly adding a KJ-140 if I ever purchase a long , thin filleting knife, which is doubtful).
Interesting, Rick. Thanks for sharing.

An interesting way of precisely sharpening spokeshave blades:

The late David Charlesworth was a superb woodworker. This is the best demonstration of cambering with the SE-77 that I have found.