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General Tormek Questions / Re: Old machines, new videos
« Last post by Ken S on Today at 03:35:10 am »
I tried watching the French version. Knowing no French was frustrating. I will definitely watch the English version on  the 25th.
On a more positive note, the French version makes me more aware of what our non English speaking members endure.

Ken
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General Tormek Questions / Re: Vadim Kraichuk
« Last post by Ken S on Today at 03:30:28 am »
While sharing our respectful sorrow and condolences, it is important to remember that we still have several  veteran innovative members as well as newer members ready to carry on the work.
I have no doubt that the innovative work of the forum will continue.

Ken
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Knife Sharpening / Re: SVM-45 and SVM-140 jig centering bushing
« Last post by Ken S on Today at 03:25:20 am »
Scotty,

This is an interesting problem. Like you, I have four or five SVM-45 jigs, as well as one each of the SVM-100 and SVM-140. Along the way, I became aware that the knife jigs made prior to 2002 had longer shafts and screw lengths.
If you are looking for more jigs, I would suggest looking for a longer pre 2002 SVM-45. The extra thread length will allow small knives to be used at the 139 mm Projection. Incidentally, i thought I might have been the first to standardize on 139 mm Projection until I realized that Dutchman predated my use.

My knife sharpening is very limited. I sharpen my own kitchen knives. My small collection includes some Henckels  I bought thirty years ago and some more recent purchases to increase my knife knowledge, mostly Victorinox fibrox to avoid bolster issues. My knives essentially fall into the factory inset limits, although I have thought of having one of my SVM-45s milled out slightly.

Personally, I like JVH's adjustable collar idea. Unless someone decides to machine and market them, the best solution seems to be to find a local machine shop. Expensive, but probably justifiable for a sharpening business. I have long recommended establishing a working relationship with a good local machinist.i

Ken
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Knife Sharpening / Re: SVM-45 and SVM-140 jig centering bushing
« Last post by Scotty on Yesterday at 11:06:37 pm »
Thanks.
Still struggling with blade centering in the SVM 45.
Any suggestions other than milling the static bottom of the jig.
I often do more than one group of knives, using the length adjustment so they all have the same projection.
I have 6 SVM 45s.
Should I mill them all and use tape or shims as necessary to center as required?
Had a real problem with  very thick Japanese blade (Deba) with a concave back.
Thanks
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General Tormek Questions / Jan 25, 2022 online class (English) Tormek upgrades
« Last post by Ken S on Yesterday at 10:48:45 pm »
The English language version of this class, Jan 25, 2022 is just announced.

https://youtu.be/2JOWFdEGCFY

Ken
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General Tormek Questions / Re: Vadim Kraichuk
« Last post by Ken S on Yesterday at 05:45:02 pm »
Vadim earned a Medical Doctorate in younger days, as well as some advanced training in research. In common with Mark Reich and Jan, he was willing to combine a lot of dedicated work and study with a practical love of knives and sharpening. All three were very generous in sharing their knowledge. Wootz and Jan left a treasure of information on this forum. Wootz also left his deburring book and some excellent videos. Although Mark was a relative newcomer to our forum, he was a very accomplished knifemaker.

We have lost three friends and guides. Our journey is better for having known them.

Ken
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Knife Sharpening / Re: SVM-45 and SVM-140 jig centering bushing
« Last post by Ken S on Yesterday at 05:31:04 pm »
Good observation, Scotty.

Switching the plastic topped tightening screw came from my investigations trying to see if it was really necessary to use the leather honing wheel freehand with my T4 instead of with the knife jig as stated in the handbook. With the plastic knob facing downward (toward the support bar), sidewise movement of the jig is stopped by the plastic knob. I found that if I substituted button cap screws for the plastic locking screw on the knife jig and the two horizontal sleeves, the jig slid freely. (Actually, almost freely. I needed to grind off a tiny bit of the back of the jig. This amount is so small that it has no effect on the integrity of the jig. If you decide to go this route, you will easily see the spot.)

The Tormek locking screws have a common 6-1 metric thread, 6mm diameter by 1 mm pitch. The button cap screws used a 4 mm Allen (hex) wrench. All Tormek users should have a set of metric Allen wrenches. The button cap screws I found had 12 mm length, slightly too long. I ground off the excess length with my belt grinder, although I could have used my Tormek. They worked very well, with good clearance. If you can find 6-1-10 button cap screws, they will work perfectly with no modification.

In order to provide a no grinding needed option, I switched to 6-1-10 socket set ("grub" screws). These set entirely in the threaded hole and do the job. I suggest a leisurely visit to your local hardware store. There are many useful parts.
I suspect Torgny did the same visit in the early days of the Tormek.

The other discovery with this was that combining the US-430 support bar with the low clearance screws makes both sharpening and honing my ten inch chef's knife a joy. Using an FVB makes this modification unnecessary and really is more efficient. However, for the low budget and/or low volume sharpener, the screws can all be had for $5 US, compared with around $100 for the FVKen
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Knife Sharpening / Re: SVM-45 and SVM-140 jig centering bushing
« Last post by Scotty on Yesterday at 03:16:11 pm »
As an aside, I noticed that you seem to have replaced the tightening knob with a hex screw( correct name?). Any particular reason?
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Knife Sharpening / Re: Wootz
« Last post by Scotty on Yesterday at 02:56:31 pm »
Terrible news.
I thoroughly enjoyed his extraordinary insights
My thoughts and prayers are extended to his family.
Does anyone know any details?
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Knife Sharpening / Re: Wootz
« Last post by tgbto on Yesterday at 08:58:50 am »
This is very sad. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
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