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Started by Ken S, September 23, 2017, 03:40:45 AM
Quote from: Ken S on September 23, 2017, 03:40:45 AMWhenever a new Tormek arrives, I seem to have an unusually busy schedule. I try to get spurts of a few minutes in the shop to examine the Tormek. This has worked out to be a good learning situation.With the T4, I realized how much it resembles the T7. Most of the parts are identical.With the T2, I was surprised to learn how closely it resembles the T4. The one piece which really separates the two is the machined zinc top. The bottom of the housing is identical, except for the color. This made me curious to see if the water trough from the T4 would work would work with the T2. Quick answer: it does.The magnet on the knife jig and the post it note strip to prevent scratching the knive from the dry grinding debris: Would they be necessary if the T2 was used as a wet grinder? (Or, to use the brand name term, "used as a Tormek")I understand Tormek's marketing focus on untrained restaurant personnel. I also agree with Stig that the first choice for someone using a Tormek professionally is the T8. (Not to muddy the waters, however, I also understand Wootz' argument that the T7 is the ideal Tormek model for sharpening knives.)I am also starting to consider the posdibility that the T2 may be the fastest Tormek for the farmers market sharpener, if used differently than suggested. In fairness, I will first begin by using the T2 exactly "by the book", as if I worked in a restaurant, and with only stardard equipment. I need to work this way until I become fluent with it, imagining no other possibilities. Then, I will begin by comparing it with the T7/8 and T4 (big T and little T)Then, the fun part: modifying it with a water trough (and Honerite Gold); a quick release for the honing wheel (spare part from the big T) and a steel EZYlock (also a big T spare part). I want to see what the T2 can do in the hands of an experienced sharpener not wortied about following the manual verbatim. I can even see the possibility that the T2's knife jig might actually proen more efficient than the kenjig if used properly. (How is that for radical thinking?)Stay tuned.Kenps For the seriously interested, check out the fifteen posts og Magnus Sundqvist. Read the full, very informative topics and look at the linked photos. Magnus has already been using some of the ideas I thought were different. It is reassuring to know that a knife sharpener of his stature has similar ideas.
Quote from: Rob on February 24, 2013, 06:11:44 PM Yeah you know Tormek have reached sharpening nirvana when you get a prosthetic hand as part of the standard package :/)
Quote from: SharpenADullWitt on September 24, 2017, 03:39:01 PMReplied to your PM. There are reasons that these are not designed for wet use. This has to do with a spot for bacteria growth, and certification (NSF) rather then if it will work well wet or dry. The diamond wheel is designed for dry use, the same way a steel is designed for dry use, just more aggressive (not just bend/straighten the edge). My restaurant friends, have three knives that I sent. They have gone from scary sharp, to being able to easily cut paper. I do doubt that the T2 can get it scary sharp the way the stone on any of the other machines can. It certainly should be able to get it/keep it sharp, that will be great for the average person, as well as having clean cuts if they injure themselves, but wouldn't be to the skinning a tomato that those who only use their own knives, use. (in my expectations)If they were to accept one, I expect I would still be doing some personal knives, but the machine would be for those using the "store knives".
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