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    Quote Originally Posted by S0LITARYS0LDIER View Post
    ^ this. Jigs do not allow you to properly thin the secondary edge. A lot of people don't know or care about this but it really does mean a world of difference.

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    I disagree... I've done it with my Lansky, which is not a great system. The extra coarse (70 grit) stone is meant for that.

    You just have to know that it's a possibility, pick a lower angle and get going.

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    I sharpen all my knives free-handed.
    I did buy a tormek t7, and an edge-pro system, but in the end, I still use a free-hand approach much for the same reason as I shave with a straight, total control of the job.
    It does take some practice though, but that's half the fun, isn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birnando View Post
    I sharpen all my knives free-handed.
    I did buy a tormek t7, and an edge-pro system, but in the end, I still use a free-hand approach much for the same reason as I shave with a straight, total control of the job.
    It does take some practice though, but that's half the fun, isn't it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steel View Post
    Glad to see you back!! Where have you been?
    Thanks mate
    In the words of Crocodile Dundee; a walkabout..

    Glad to be back though.
    While I haven't been around here much these last couple of years, I've kept up with my hobby of sharpening and using straights

    Hopefully I can find more time to hang out here again.
    I've missed you guys!
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    Um, all of them, any of them that have been in front of me over all these years....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Birnando View Post
    Thanks mate
    In the words of Crocodile Dundee; a walkabout..

    Glad to be back though.
    While I haven't been around here much these last couple of years, I've kept up with my hobby of sharpening and using straights

    Hopefully I can find more time to hang out here again.
    I've missed you guys!
    I wonder if your absence had to do with that video of you shaving your head using a straight at that wild party.....

    Great to see you back.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birnando View Post
    Thanks mate
    In the words of Crocodile Dundee; a walkabout..

    Glad to be back though.
    While I haven't been around here much these last couple of years, I've kept up with my hobby of sharpening and using straights

    Hopefully I can find more time to hang out here again.
    I've missed you guys!
    Welcome back Birnando,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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    Yes A--Very Welcome Back Birnando.

    You have been missed! That's for sure!

    Now about that 'Walkabout' you mean a beautiful woman didn't chase after you and convince you to stay put? Just wondering
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    Quote Originally Posted by Birnando View Post
    I sharpen all my knives free-handed.
    I did buy a tormek t7, and an edge-pro system, but in the end, I still use a free-hand approach much for the same reason as I shave with a straight, total control of the job.
    It does take some practice though, but that's half the fun, isn't it?
    Me, too on the tormek, except I had a supergrind. I replaced it with a 1x42 kalamazoo grinder and a dry baldor grinder (the latter is not for knives, but woodworking tools and refreshing kamisori hollows).

    I still like the IM 313 setup, including for grinding.

    The tormek is as nice machine, but I didn't like its speed and gave it to a friend who likes those kinds of things.

    The only except for me for knife sharpening is that if someone in the neighborhood brings me serrated knives, I will use a stiff polishing compound (an al-ox compound that has a lot of al-ox in it) and a hard cotton buffing wheel. It smooths the serrations a little bit, but removes wear. Serrated knives are on borrowed time, anyway.
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