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Scissors Sharpening / SVX-150 Scissors Jig detached piece
« on: October 04, 2019, 04:55:59 pm »
I have taken advantage of a good time with my tormek T-8 and I have begun to acquire new accessories including the SVX-150 Scissors Jig.

I don't know if it happened to someone, if it's normal, if I don't have to worry and just repair it, or if I should contact Tormek for guarantee.

Buy the jig but wait to have a tailor's scissors to sharpen,
and in the first use, without force and without noticing any defect in the product I see that the black paste head of the adjustment screw rotated freely, without force.

It shows that it is new, and there is no bad treatment

What do you advise me?

Attached photos.

General Tormek Questions / My tormek T-8 died temporarily
« on: July 17, 2018, 05:39:28 pm »
My tormek T-8 went out.

The scare of the year
I have a relatively new tormek, bought more than half a year ago and with very little use, a week ago I had a good job with a restaurant to sharpen all their knives, but something happened that left me worried ... and I really do not know what the cause may be, and I want to first go to the forum to find out if anyone else has happened.

That weekend I was sharpening very normal "tramontina brand" professional kitchen knives here, my city that day had a temperature of 26 °C and after 1 and a half hours of work my T-8 machine went off by itself, I really thought worst.
I turned it off and disconnected it from the power, I checked it and I noticed that it was very hot, but the work I did was the typical sharpening of knives without effort or pressure.

I waited about 15 minutes and the machine continued not to turn on, in conclusion, I put a fan on the side of the leather wheel and finished sharpening my knives by hand, worried and at the same time annoyed by what happened.
After a couple of hours I turned the machine back on and went back to operating, but I decided to turn it off and stop working with it that day and until today I have not used it again until I was sure what happened.

I worked very quiet because when I buy my T-8 one of the reasons to buy it is because of its "Motor duty Continuous" feature.
but since I do not live in a country where Tormek has support, I really do not know what options I have to verify that it was normal. I know that the machine could be shut down for security, but correct me if I'm wrong, this should not happen even with twice as much work time

Now I have the feeling of not being able to use my equipment for more than an hour and a half for fear that the next one will be a permanent failure.
I do not know if I'm doing something wrong.

I remain attentive to your opinions and comments

Knife Sharpening / First impressions
« on: March 01, 2018, 05:25:11 pm »
I have used the tormek-t8 recently, and as I have read in the forum and in the manual, I have dedicated myself to training, although not with chisels, I have only trained with knives
I still do not use it to work with knives other than mine, but I must say that I have noticed some changes in relation to my old way of sharpening a knife.

In a single sentence I would have to say that it is a "clean and hygienic process" :)
Before, without having to name brands, I made a manual sharpening with controlled angle mechanical tools, both for folding knives and knives
and I can not complain, the result I got was too good, but on the one hand I had to be cleaning the stones, then applying water or oil according to the type of stone, in some cases dismantling and turning the knife on the machine to sharpen each side.
at the end with the table full of steel dust, and dust from the abrasives, or oils from the stones and other substances ended not only with black hands
if not with the arm tired after many sharp, a good edge if, but the process was not clean, and as I said, with some knives could last up to 40 minutes to finish it

Although I am still in training mode, and I can not consider that I already have a skill, I must say that with less than 20 knives I have already taken the rhythm of the machine.
I have noticed the difference of sharpening with the wheel in favor and against the edge, and fortunately I have achieved good results from the first edges, initially with angles between 18 and 25 degrees,
Yesterday evening after sharpening 2 more knives from my own kitchen at 20 degrees, in less than 15 minutes, and after unplugging the machine draw the water etc.

Look at my hands ........... and they were clean, it was something I had not stopped to look at, I smiled and said, those who invented this machine knew what they were doing.
I can take longer than before calculating the edge angle, I still do not use the kenjig, but the process in general is much faster and cleaner.
I thought that sharpening to 1000 grain would still be very coarse for my taste, but the result after the leather wheel is already very good.
There is no dirt on my table when I finish working, more than a couple of drops of water because of my lack of experience, every time there is less.
I went to sleep earlier than usual, bored by not having anything more to sharpen, but happy with the results obtained so far

My most sincere congratulations to Tormek team for this tool.

General Tormek Questions / New member presentation.
« on: February 09, 2018, 10:30:41 pm »
My name is Fernando, and I am new to the forum.
I speak Spanish so I hope this translation is understood.
I will comment on how I came to this point, stuck in the sharpening world, it's not my profession but it did not come from nothing
It will be a long story but I hope not to bore anyone

Basically everything started with my father and the taste inculcated by hunting and fishing, which is why I eventually became a collector
of many knives the great majority the knives Victorinox, on the other hand my mother taught me to close a cycle or reach a proposed goal
things like "if you start something, finish it".
and as it is logical any cutting tool at some time for the use, it loses its cutting capacity.
and for me it does not make sense to have something that does not meet its objective, if you have a knife this should be able to cut and do well.
Initially, as it could happen to many of us, I began to do it myself, without experience or technique or methods or more tools than a stone for this purpose,
and it was fulfilled with the objective of a good edge, but with any number of scratches on the blade, a point that led me to look for a more optimal solution ...
I think that many of the things we do, start from a need that can not be met and this is one more case ...

For wanting to do the best for one of my favorite knives, which I did not want to sharpen by hand to avoid future scratches due to lack of experience
I decided to take him to a sharpening center.
It is easy to suppose that there are suitable personnel, and I do not doubt that this is so, I still believe that there are specialized places and competent people, but it was not my case
I took it to a professional sharpening center, of the few that the city has, but this was a place specialized in industrial cutting tools,
I speak of wooden saw blades, metal tapes for cutting wood, round cutting disks for processing birds, etc.
I would say that they had everything, except the sharpening of knives as for the world of culinary and related issues, they also told me that they could do the job,
without generating the scratches, and that for me was already an advantage in relation to my process.
They asked me to come back in an hour, but I was far from anywhere and I decided to wait, for my unpleasant surprise I could see how they carried out the process,
and I do not know what I felt when I saw the person in charge using a bench grinder "that's right, one of those 3400 RPM 6-inch and silicon carbide stone" by hand to cut my knife
"I speak of a place that had sophisticated tools of rectification, machining, cutting cut, sharpening in general and many more services"
and I see behind a sheet of glass as my knife made sparks and parts of the sheet turn blue, violet and iridescent colors.
Immediately talk to the manager and I told them, they have damaged my knife, they called the person in charge who said he was anxious because he had a lot of work pending and that he would guarantee that the knife would be cut well and the blade would not have scratches, I would I said, it is not about the current edge, but about the time that the knife will maintain that edge from now on, you finished with the thermal treatment of the steel.
the man only answered "if it is because of the colors of the metal now I pass it through a polishing machine and it remains silver again". that was the drop that spilled the cup

Since then more than 10 years ago I decided to document and find methods that would allow me to achieve what I wanted, a process of correct sharpening, without scratches, without tarnishing the steel and without losing a lot of steel in the process.
So I began to dominate the typical rectangular stone, eventually I got some angle sharpener controlled and so I was climbing, initially it was something that only made for me, over time some friends, family and acquaintances saw my work and asked me to I did the sharpening to them, "I remember that one day my mother-in-law told me I would never ask you to sharpen a knife, I cut my hand"
but this was because he did not use a chopping board, vegetables such as onions or tomatoes would sting him directly in his hand out of habit.

for me this was always a hobby, and although many times I was paid for the work, many others did it just for the sake of sharpening, "many will know what I'm talking about",
the point is that one day one of those people with whom one makes friends because he sold me victorinox regularly, I wonder who sharpened the knives that I used daily,
and I told him myself and the reason why he did it, he told me I've never been able to sharpen one correctly I can do it for a long time and at one point I go back to the beginning,
and I wonder if I could do him the favor, so I decided to sharpen it, it was just one, and I told him to be patient because I would do a weekend off.

a week I handed him the knife, and to my surprise, he was happy, I thought he had a defective knife that could not be removed, and now he cut like a factory and had no scratches,
He made me see that this was a vacuum in the world of knives, and that if he had a business vision, he insisted on offering this service,
I told him that it was a hobby and the moment I saw it as a job I would lose the taste for sharpening,
Besides that it was not my profession and I could not dedicate a fixed time to do this task, he told me that there was no problem, that it would only be for the clients of his business
with the premise, that this would take a while and I would put the limit of pieces that I could work.
so accept, and he said I'll take care of everything, send cards and other things, he was not interested in making a profit, but he asked me to give them a reduced price for his customers, and we both benefited, the his part offered a service of selling knives and his frequent clients gave them the sharpening as a courtesy and I set the prices for time and work
at that time I said ... this will not have much movement because ... I thought that like me, everyone will want to sharpen their own pieces, or not let their valuable knife be in unknown hands.

and again I was surprised, there was not a single week in which they did not call me about this topic, I had to put a limit of 20 pieces per week,
I lasted between 20 and 40 minutes working each piece and I only had my spare time.
one thing led to the other, after knives I included knives, and one of the people who asked me the most sharp asked me if I would sharpen scissors .....
which I never did, so I said, I do not sharpen ... but if you're willing to lose one, I'll experiment ...
to summarize now I sharpen knives, knives, tailor scissors, stylist, gardening etc.
With this came an alternating hobby as the restoration of knife handle and other arrangements.

I was learning a lot about steel, types and industrial processes of quenching, tempering, normalizing etc.
and I have managed to make even my own knives, and this is what I meant by completing the cycle.
Now I do them, I restore them and sharpen them.

There was only one thing left to do ... and it was to do just as well, but in less time.
and this is where my tormek T-8 will enter

About my tormek, I still will not say anything, although I have only been here for a little more than a decade, in the world of tormek I am new, and as they say Ken, wootz, cbwx34 and many others, in many of their publications,
This requires a learning curve, when I manage to feel that I have achieved some experience with this, and that I have had results that I consider good, I will give my own opinions based on the results.
tormek is a whole world and I have been reading the forum for days and days, watching videos and documenting myself.

I am very grateful that there are places like this where I have noticed that there is a high level of professionalism and commitment to the subject.
I think that in my next comments I will be shorter and straight to the point.  ;D

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