*Landon*sal wrote: .... even today, we design a knife from the edge out!
I can tell a difference between a 500 grit toothy edge and one finished with 4k or higher when I'm "testing" the difference. Then I'm actually thinking about it. Then if I decide to leave a toothy edge on an EDC knife I don't need to think about it every time I cut something like you do when "testing". You just assume you have the edge you want and cut. :) But if it's toothy or smooth I still never get the feeling that I shoule have "the other" type edge when I'm just out there in the world cutting everything I see. :) I think I'm expecting one to be 10 times better than the other when the reality is that both work and for EDC knives the differences may not show up as noticable. Now if you cut rope all day or cardboard or something then one or the other would really be more benificial I supposee.GaTChE wrote:To the OP: it seems that different folk define the cutoff between toothy and polished differently. Perhaps you'd notice a difference if you compared a 325-600 grit edge to your 2k and up edges.
I'll remember that for cutting rope with a polished edge. Who am I to argue with established techniques of mall ninja's. :)VashHash wrote:Pun always intended. My main Sharpening tool is a blue dmt pocket stone. Carry it pretty much daily and use it on almost all of my knives. Except my polished zdp of course. I find the coarse edge more versatile. But there is a secret to cutting rope with a really polished edge. Cut diagonally and just push. Don't pull cut. / ancient ninja cutting technique passed down from generation to generation at the local malls.
I remember after I had the EP for a while I decided to find out how fine the grit needed to be to produce a arm shaving edge. At that time when a knife would shave my arm I thought that was all I wanted. I had the EP 120, 220, 320, 600 and 1k stones. This was about 3 years ago and I don't remember if I tried shaving my arm after the 120 stone or if I even used it. What I do remember is I shaved a patch of hair off my arm in one pass after the 220 grit!!! Also this was before I knew much about toothy edges or smooth edges, etc. I had been thinking the finer the grit the sharper the edge would be. :) When I realized a coarser grit would produce a shaving edge I was thinking "WHY USE ALL THE OTHER STONES?". :D Just remembering the questions I have had and learning the answers makes me realize how much I have learned in the past few years. I'll take credit for all my practicing. But WHAT to practice and HOW to do it? I give that credit to forums like Spyderco (mainly) and others with people so eager to share their wisdom just to help others. Prior to forums we needed to buy books (or more recently DVDs) to get the knowledge. Do any of you kids out there remember books? You can find them in museums. :Drazorsharp wrote:I usually use coarse edges... faster to do and last longer :)
a 600 grit hair whittling edge is really nice
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