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Knife Sharpening / Advice from a Tormek knife expert
« Last post by Ken S on March 17, 2018, 09:00:40 pm »
Part way into this video, you will recognize a Tormek knife expert with some solid advice.
General Tormek Questions / Tormek, as told by an expert
« Last post by Ken S on March 17, 2018, 08:42:28 pm »
I found Terry most informative.
General Tormek Questions / Re: DWC-200
« Last post by Ken S on March 17, 2018, 04:35:16 pm »
Interesting thoughts, SADW. You bring the perspective of actually being in the restaurant into the discussion. I would not have thought of bacteria in the water trough. I agree with you about the consistent diameter and the the general need for touch ups rather than damage repair.

I have mixed (and not totally informed) feelings about the rubber honing wheel. Until the three new diamond wheels were announced, I was convinced that the T4 was the ideal choice for many operations. I will be interested in following developments in Tormek honing. My gut feeling is that after the dust settles with diamond wheels, Tormek may turn the big guns toward honing (or knife jigs :)  )

For the record, I happen to think the T2 is well designed for its niche market, being used by restaurant personnel rather than by sharpeners.

General Tormek Questions / Re: DWC-200
« Last post by SharpenADullWitt on March 17, 2018, 03:37:48 pm »
I see the honing wheel as a step into the past as it sounds like the original wheel. (stuff impregnated in the wheel during manufacture)
I certainly understand a couple reasons for going diamond.  The lack of needing water (and a tray for bacteria to grow in), the ease of use (fixed size/repeatable), the general commercial need for touch ups, not chip removal.
The size has pro's and con's.  While you may not be able to work as easily with as large a knife as its predecessor, the ease of storage/use and the normal knives used in a kitchen, make up for it.
General Tormek Questions / Re: DWC-200
« Last post by Ken S on March 17, 2018, 03:28:41 pm »
Interesting thought, CB. I hope we can look further into this.

General Tormek Questions / Re: DWC-200
« Last post by cbwx34 on March 17, 2018, 02:30:48 pm »
While sharpening with the diamond wheel, I "missed" something that I couldn't quite put my finger on, but since I was paying more attention to how the diamond wheel was performing, I didn't pay it much attention.

Yesterday I was doing some sharpening with the regular wheel, and realized that what I was missing was the water flow, and how it makes a good indicator of how the knife is contacting the wheel.  A subtle but helpful little indicator.

I guess at some point I'm going to have to get some "Honrite Gold"... and use the diamond wheel with water.

Edit to add:   Has anyone ever tried adding baking soda to the water?  According to the interweb... it changes the pH of the water and prevents rusting.
General Tormek Questions / Re: Diamond wheels vs grind stones
« Last post by Ken S on March 17, 2018, 01:58:20 pm »
I would like to begin to add my two cents to a few of the many good areas this topic addresses.

First, instagram videos. I confess total ingorance concerning instagram (and facebook). That's my problem. I have a big problem with useful videos which disappear. There was supposedly a one day wonder video on instagram about the new Tormek diamond wheels and multi base. Not being an instagram user, I missed it. I have heard that it was very informative, more so than the material posted on the Tormek website. I have no problem with posting videos on instagram or facebook, however, why must this be an either or situation? I continue learning from you tubes made by Jeff Farris in the SuperGrind era. If a training video disappears after a day, why bother?

Incidentally, if you could pm me a link where I could watch your videos, I would enjoy watching them.

Now that I am off of my soapbox, I would like to mention hollow grinding. Many years ago, I used my six inch dry grinder to create hollow grinds and switched to stones with the two contact points and microbevels. The small grinder creates very visible hollows. In theory, the larger Tormek wheels do,  also. However, in my opinion, the amount of hollow from the large diameter wheels is negligable.  I mention this in the spirit of conversation, not debate. I would welcome your thoughts on this.

Duty calls; I must close for now.

General Tormek Questions / Re: Tormek Drive Wheel Problem
« Last post by Ken S on March 17, 2018, 01:23:38 pm »
Another still applicable topic.

General Tormek Questions / Re: Tormek Operating Height
« Last post by Ken S on March 17, 2018, 01:06:18 pm »
A very timely topic for all times.

General Tormek Questions / Re: Flattening Chisel Backs
« Last post by Ken S on March 17, 2018, 01:04:14 pm »
Another valuable topic which should be reread.

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