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Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:40 pm
by Abyss_Fish
Worst I’ve done was break a tip on an old kershaw. That was a long time ago however.

If you have the right tool for the job you’ll never break it.

Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:30 am
by nerdlock
Wartstein wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:56 pm
nerdlock wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:30 pm
This is what I meant earlier. Got too overzealous in sharpening and actually managed to reprofile the belly on the Delica. Now it looks straight and angular. Not Spydielike at all.

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Thanks for the pic, I was about to ask what you meant exactly after your first post about this. Now I see.

But I am interested: Does it really affect performance noticeably?

Hi Wartstein,

Well...a teeny tiny bit... I lost that precious Delica belly so when I make slicing cuts, paper, cardboard boxes, or other non fibrous material would slice properly on the straight edge, then stutter a bit when it reaches the angle separating the belly towards the tip. But worse of all, it doesn't look like a Delica at all! :( :( :(

Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 2:08 am
by Bloke
When I was young and a genius I figured I could smooth out a rough and stiff, pinned back lock with a little valve lapping paste. :rolleyes:

About twenty five years ago, not long after loosing a much loved Gerber Pixie I started using its brother a Gerber Bird and Trout. These little fixed blades had very thin blade stock with a short tang, cast into aluminium handles. Anyhow, I figured the little knife would be the ticket to cutting up a car tyre to make a horse feeder and it would have been had I exercised a little care and not flexed it quite as much as I did. :eek: Ah, hahaha!

Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:49 am
by Evil D
nerdlock wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:30 pm
This is what I meant earlier. Got too overzealous in sharpening and actually managed to reprofile the belly on the Delica. Now it looks straight and angular. Not Spydielike at all.

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At least you didn't do it to a somewhat hard to find M4 Manix 2 sprint.

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Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:24 am
by JuPaul
Spydergirl88 wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:22 am
Shun chef's knife plus coconut plus hammer... It was then i learned that caveman way of doing things is wrong lol
🤣

Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:45 am
by Spydergirl88
JuPaul wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:24 am
Spydergirl88 wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 10:22 am
Shun chef's knife plus coconut plus hammer... It was then i learned that caveman way of doing things is wrong lol
🤣
I'm happy to report that was over 5 years ago and that Shun is still going strong! 😂 Despite the half inch chip!

Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 7:56 am
by odomandr
Abyss_Fish wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:40 pm
.............

If you have the right tool for the job you’ll never break it.
maybe I am a tool hoarder, never turned down an opportunity to purchase a new tool. Ive rounded some hex tips in RC with rusted screws that were stuck or that became cross threaded. I hit a stump with a lawnmower and bent the shaft and many a rock on those blades but im pretty meticulous with all my stuff. I expect things I buy to last though too and will hold up my end of that expectation by using things properly

Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:19 am
by jpm2
Abyss_Fish wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:40 pm
If you have the right tool for the job you’ll never break it.
Nah, I’ve broke many tools that were just inferior.

Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:43 am
by PStone
Worst damage I ever done, was selling a knife for funds to buy another knife. So I quit doing that. I get tired of saying “wish I hadn’t let that one go”.

Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:59 am
by anycal
Used it too much, sharpened it too much, and now I have a Para3 blade in a PM2 handle. Makes for a more robust tip, I guess.

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Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:34 am
by curlyhairedboy
disassembled a titanium UKPK and the backspring broke :(

Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 6:43 pm
by Tucson Tom
I'm not tellin'

Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:09 pm
by DMgangl
Spyderhawk H1. When the Spyderhawk was first released in H1. Less than a week of owning it. I was cutting too close to a metal table. I underestimated how easily the Spyderhawk would cut. Passed right through what I was cutting, and right into the table.
It rolled about an 1/8" of the tip.

I learned the hard lesson of using cheap knives to practice mods on. Gayle Bradley, tried to force patina the blade. One side looks ok, one side pitted deeply and very uneven. Also, I let it sit on the paper towel too long. You can see the pattern of the paper towel weave in one spot.

Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:21 pm
by nerdlock
Evil D wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:49 am
nerdlock wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:30 pm
This is what I meant earlier. Got too overzealous in sharpening and actually managed to reprofile the belly on the Delica. Now it looks straight and angular. Not Spydielike at all.

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At least you didn't do it to a somewhat hard to find M4 Manix 2 sprint.

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Yikes! Was this done on diamonds?

Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2020 9:04 pm
by Bill1170
Never in use, but once in storage. I had some knives in a plastic toolbox with a gasketed lid. A friend gave me a pouch of Damp Rid, a chemical dehumidifier, to protect my knives. So I put the packet in the toolbox with some knives.

Months later, I opened the box. To my dismay the knives were swimming in salt water. Damp Rid is calcium chloride. Evidently the gasket on the lid isn’t air tight, and humid air kept getting in and being captured by the salt. Cleaning the submerged knives fully remains uncompleted to this day.

Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:23 am
by Evil D
nerdlock wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 8:21 pm
Evil D wrote:
Thu Sep 17, 2020 5:49 am
nerdlock wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 3:30 pm
This is what I meant earlier. Got too overzealous in sharpening and actually managed to reprofile the belly on the Delica. Now it looks straight and angular. Not Spydielike at all.

Image

At least you didn't do it to a somewhat hard to find M4 Manix 2 sprint.

Image

Yikes! Was this done on diamonds?

Yep. Somehow during reprofiling the bevel it developed a weird kink in the belly, almost like a tanto and the more I tried to fix it the worse it got.

Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:52 am
by GarageBoy
Was that free hand or using a guided system?

Bill1170 - oof that's unfortunate - I lost some hand tools because aluminum thread tapping liquid spilled on a bunch of tools during a move and learned the hard way the stuff is corrosive. Silica gel is the way to go, damp rid is for rooms/vehicles

Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:55 am
by Evil D
GarageBoy wrote:
Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:52 am
Was that free hand or using a guided system?



Edge Pro, but I have reprofiled so many knives on it I can't blame the sharpener.

Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 5:04 pm
by Woodpuppy
Abyss_Fish wrote:
Wed Sep 16, 2020 11:40 pm
If you have the right tool for the job you’ll never break it.
You mean I SHOULDN’T use a 10’ cheater on a 36” pipe wrench?!?

Re: Permanent damage that you've actually done to a knife?

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2020 10:38 pm
by Tucson Tom
You know I saw the comment about "if you have the right tool for the job, you'll never break it". That is entirely true and some genuine wisdom for sure. Words well spoken. Someone else once said that experience is proportional to the amount of ruined equipment you have left behind. This is only true if you learn from your mistakes. There are people who never seem to learn.

My permanent damage involved a Bow River. Mine was living in the kitchen and available to other family members for unsupervised use. Anyway, I found it one day with the tip bent. Somebody was using it to pry something! No telling who. So out to the workshop we go. Clamp the tip in the vise and grab the handle. One yank got it almost straight! But we couldn't leave it there. The second yank snapped the last 1/2 inch of the tip off. Anyway, I'm not entirely to blame. This is now turning into a further adventure with a belt sander to see it I can reshape the blade such that nobody would ever know. (ha ha ha) It is actually coming along. I am taking care to go slow and dip in water frequently to avoid getting it hot.