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Knife Sharpening / Why either/or?
« on: May 14, 2022, 02:18:18 pm »
Among the posts about the new KJ knife jigs, I detect an attitude of having to use either the SVM or the KJ jigs exclusively. Why should we impose this artificial limitation on ourselves?

The KJ-45 jig presently costs only $54US. That makes it one of the least expensive Tormek jigs. For most users, I see no real advantage in purchasing more than one. I also happen to think that very few users really need the KJ-140 long jig. The KJ-45 regular jig will handle long and think blades where the self centering feature is useful. How many "flexible" fillet knives have we seen which are thicker than 3 millimeters?

Most of us already have at least one SVM-45 knife jig. Some of us have several.

Why not use each jig to its best advantage? For very thick or tapered knives, the KJ-45 seems the clear winner. For high volume sharpeners where the speed of the adjustable Projection stop is essential, the old reliable SVM-45 gets the nod. Some of us have doubts about pivoting with the new jig, even after watching the online class. Chances are, the pivot people already have a pivot jig. At around nine knife jigs, I have more than I need; however, having an extra jig dedicated to pivoting seems reasonable.

I sent an email to Sebastien and Wolfgang prior to the online KJ class conveying our questions. Sebastien sent a very wise reply. He appreciated my email, but decided to keep the initial class more basic in order not to lose the beginners. His plan, a good one, is to wait until the new jigs are more generally available and in use. At that point, he plans to schedule another live more advanced class geared to forum users. I will keep us posted on this upcoming class.


When I started on this from in 2009, I was using my new T7 and my 2008 21" imac. My hard drive eventually died, and I upgraded to my present 2015 imac (also 21" screen). As I got older and lazier, I started using my iPad almost exclusively. My grandson claimed the imac for his minecraft. My typing deteriorated and I learned to live with the limitations of the iPad program. My grandson moved on to faster needs and the imac sat unused.

With the advent of the online classes, I began missing my 21" retina screen. I also became increasingly frustrated with the typing limitations and occasional disappearing almost completed long posts of the iPad.With some help from my grandson and son-in-law, I deleted all the gaming programs on my imac. On a teenage time reference, the imac is "so old and slow that it is worth only about ten dollars". For an oldster like me, that is plenty fast.

The Tormek online classes are so much more enjoyable when viewed on the 21" "big screen". Being able to increase the viewing magnification while typing makes posting so much more pleasant. Not having to share the smaller iPad screen with the screen keyboard eliminates the screen crowding. Presently I have to learn some work arounds for things like the accent mark over the "e" in Sebastien or the circle over the "a" in Hakan. That will come. (I can modify the post after posting with the iPad"s on screen keyboard. That's clumsy, but doable temporarily.) The function keys on the apple keyboard make volume and brightness changes a snap, as well as pausing.

I have found that I benefit increasingly from watching the classes more than once. An example of this was watching Stig demonstrate using the side of the grinding wheel to square up a chisel. I liked the idea, but had doubts about using a wheel with a worn face. On a rewatching, I noticed that Stig only used the inside face of the wheel for squaring. The inside face had never been used for sharpening.

I still use my iPad a lot, however, for forum work and watching you tubes, my "only worth ten dollars" imac is a joy to use.


Knife Sharpening / KJ-45 video
« on: May 08, 2022, 04:17:56 pm »
This morning I found an interesting video by woodsmans finest (Maximilian Neukäufler). I believe he is Austrian, although he does the video in fluent English. I was impressed both with the depth of his video and the fair and balanced way he compared the KJ-45 and the SVM-45. His technique is close to, but not identical with, the Tormek technique. I have watched this twice, and will include it with the videos I rewatch from time to time. Here is a link:


Hand Tool Woodworking / inspiring
« on: May 05, 2022, 12:42:24 am »

Knife Sharpening / convex edges
« on: April 10, 2022, 10:19:47 pm »
On a practical basis, how many knives would really benefit from having a convexed edge compared with the shallow concave standard edge of a Tormek wheel?


Wood Turning / a good video about bowl gouge grinds by Ernie Conover
« on: April 10, 2022, 02:32:55 am »
Over the past almost thirty years, I have taken a dozen woodworking classes with Ernie Conover. Ernie is a master woodworker, woodturner, and a fine teacher.
In this video he discusses different bowl gouge grinds. Ernie does not sharpen with a Tormek; however, much of the information carries over.


Knife Sharpening / an interesting piece of knife history
« on: April 05, 2022, 09:51:38 pm »
for knife history buffs:


General Tormek Questions / When to apply PA-70 honing compound?
« on: April 05, 2022, 11:52:05 am »
Wolfgang Hess makes an interesting comment in the online classes. He states that the honing compound works most effectively when it is almost dry. However, I do not recall watching any video, old or new, where the honing compound is not applied directly before honing.

There is a short time period when the water trough is being filled where the SG grinding wheel absorbs water. Allowing this absorption process to complete (less than a minute) before sharpening permits using the minimum water needed, This lessens spillage. Why not use this absorption time to apply the honing compound? It streamlines the switch from grinding to honing and it allows the PA-70 to dry slightly. When more compound is added during the sharpening session, why not apply it before sharpening the tool?

This may not seem like a big step; however, it is a small step in the right direction.


Knife Sharpening / New Tormek Online Class on the KJ-45/140
« on: April 04, 2022, 11:16:34 pm »
Tormek just announced an online class covering the new KJ self centering knife jigs. The class will be this coming Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 9:30 Eastern time (US). This is the online class we have been waiting for explaining the new jigs in detail. We will finally have the answers to our long anticipated self centering knife jigs. The live class, like the others, will also be included in the Tormek Sharpening Solutions youtube channel.
Don't miss it!


Knife Sharpening / new online class, repairing knives
« on: March 22, 2022, 07:19:11 pm »

Thursday, March 24.


Hand Tool Woodworking / good you tube on setting a hand plane blade
« on: March 21, 2022, 10:20:41 am »
This seems goid technique:


Drill Bit Sharpening / MOVED: CBN for Aogami Super
« on: March 05, 2022, 11:53:07 pm »

Hand Tool Woodworking / choice of chisels for new users
« on: February 26, 2022, 07:12:05 pm »
I understand the thrift aspect of using "cheap chisels" to start learning how to sharpen. With that, I would include a strong recommendation to include one premium chisel, a Lie-Nielsen or a Veritas, in the 1/2” to 3/4” width range.
This will allow you to to determine if sharpening a problem chisel is due to sharpening problems or chisel problems.


General Tormek Questions / Thoughts on Stig and Sebastion's online class
« on: February 18, 2022, 07:33:17 pm »
The question came up about the best tool to learn with. The tools mentioned were knives and chisels. As most of you know, I am firmly in the chisel camp, even for those who usually sharpen knives, specifically, a 3/4” Irwin blue chip chisel. I don't recommend cheap beat up chisels which are, in my opinion, more difficult to sharpen.

I feel the same way about cheap, beat up knives from the thrift store. Here would be my first choice as a learning (and using) knife:

It is well made with good steel. It has no bolster obstacle. It is an easily used size and reasonably priced. It also happens to be one of my most used knives in the kitchen.

My first choice for a learning tool is still the chisel. However, if I did not have a chisel, this knife would be a good choice (in my opinion).


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