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how to sharpen a knife

using a cinderblock for a whetstone and a piece of cardboard for a strop

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG2QqhCTqT8



Actually the best series on knife sharpening is this one by Thomas Stuckey of Knife Sharpest who is vlogging for expertvillage:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYnFL3zCYUY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7l418aybyAs



After Rob turned the edge of my knife trying to cut through a steel screw (long story) I needed to sharpen it. Using the advice above I actually used a domestic kitchen quality two sided medium/fine water stone to get the knife hair shaving sharp (as tested on my leg) in about half an hour. To strop the knife I used a piece of cardboard charged with grey jeweler's rouge (a polishing compound for stainless steels).

I got the dialux grey jeweler's rouge from Koodak Jewellers Supplies on level 4, Century Building, 125 swanston street, melbourne for around $6.50.

Knife sharpening is surprisingly relaxing. If you can put a sharp edge or point on a piece of chalk by rubbing it at an angle on a blackboard, you have the hand eye co-ordination to sharpen a knife.

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substantianigra
Aug. 21st, 2009 01:31 am (UTC)
that's a really good teaching video, turning a setback into an a opportunity to learn something useful.
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