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T2 for farmers market

Started by ausmaca, June 27, 2022, 05:13:04 PM

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ausmaca

Hi

Has anyone bought or is currently using a T2 for servicing home customers directly or through a farmers market?

I'm considering sharpening as a hobby (and a little cash😉) and thought the T2 could service a large portion of of everyday knives. Based on the times Tormek present it would be time efficient as well.

Options would be welcome.

Thanks
Tony

BeSharp

This is my third year doing Farmers Market. Knives are VERY dull. You need a machine that can take a low grit stone. I wore out an 80 grit stone in a year doing the Farmers Market.

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Quote from: ausmaca on June 27, 2022, 05:13:04 PM
Hi

Has anyone bought or is currently using a T2 for servicing home customers directly or through a farmers market?

I'm considering sharpening as a hobby (and a little cash😉) and thought the T2 could service a large portion of of everyday knives. Based on the times Tormek present it would be time efficient as well.

Options would be welcome.

Thanks
Tony

Carefully read this thread...  https://www.tormek.com/forum/index.php?topic=3371

In addition to what BeSharp said, I would add a couple of things.  One, is that a lot of knives don't work well with the Guide on the T-2.  Second, the T-2, as pointed out in the thread, isn't recommended for a sharpening business (and that's from Tormek).

If you can't swing a T-8, I'd look at a T-4, combined with a decent belt sander for repairs.
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Ken S

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I do not sharpen professionally; however, as besharp has noted, many of the knives one encounters at a farmer's market are VERY dull This also involves sharpening fifty to more than a hundred knives during a Saturday morning.

I like the T2 and T1. I have also championed the T4 since it was introduced in 2014. In the case of farmer's market sharpening, I believe, as do the Tormek staff, that the correct machine is the T8. Farmer's market sharpening is heavy duty. A good second hand T7 would certainly be very adequate. Many sharpening services have been successfully run with the SG-250 or SB-250.

Ken

ausmaca

Thanks all, I appreciate the advice

John ~ LolliPop Farm

I set up a tent and have been running on two EdgePro Professionals, one for blades and one for scissors, and have resurrected my old T-7, but found that with a lot of my physical challenges it's a bit "too much" for me to transport and such, as well as bing a bit unruly after not using it for 15 years hiatus, I'm not confident to use it on customers knives yet. Especially "live" at the market, too easy to get out of control and mess up a customers blade, until I get more reacquainted.

But the point is I just got a T-2 to be my "tailed apprentice" and do the heavy lifting involved in regrinding them back to base, and I can let my EdgePro work it's magic. People love watching that process.

I was a chef for a few years and am was with the T-2, when I let the hospital i was the pastry chef at, I recommended hey get one to replace me ;-0. They did! )

Since getting T-2 last week, I do LOVE IT, but that is a highly qualified conditional love,   I've done every knife in the house on it, and over-all, its good for what it's designed for, regrinding back to an acceptable burr to allow the user to hone and get back to work prepping vegetables, etc.  and getting me back to a base grind to take it out my EdgePro is working "ok".  I'm having issuer with he tips, but that's a user training/experience  issue I believe/hope.

I;m going to go to the local ReSource (second-hand store) and buy a bunch of old knives @$0.25 each and do a lot more practice. There are some surprising gems in there, and even the real bottom of the barrel knife can be re-sold for a dollar or three after I've gotten my training time in on it. That's the plan anyways.


I had purchased a Wen grinder, dubbed as a "Tormek Killer" on YouTube, but it was a pale comparison to even my 30 year old T-7.

V/r
John G.