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Knife Sharpening / Re: New member-lot of questions
« Last post by Sigs on Today at 05:06:05 am »
So appreciate all the info you experts share. I'm a new member as well and have been using my T8 for about a month. It's replacing both waterstones and an very well used edge pro setup. The T8 is wonderful, and I am getting great results as I gain the touch for using the various jigs. Also a shout-out to Vadim for his help and advice and some very innovative products (I think I helped him with a car payment this month). I am getting ready to launch a business and will be spending many nights reviewing the thousands of posts available here.
Can anyone suggest a forum for the business side of sharpening? Groups that would be important to join? Any suggestions are very appreciated.
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General Tormek Questions / Re: CBN update, including for T4
« Last post by Ken S on Yesterday at 02:43:03 pm »
I agree completely with Rich. How many of us would purchase a vehicle or a home sight unseen? How many would purchase that vehicle without the customary test drive?

I was very fortunate when I purchased my first Tormek T7. A month prior, I took a weekend handcut dovetail class with Ernie Conover. Ernie was a longtime trusted teacher, sharpening expert, and friend. I had the opportunity for an honest, informative one on one discussion with him.

Several years later, I had the rare good fortune of meeting and working with Steve Bottorff. Steve has become both a friend and my knife guru.

A third happy occurance has been getting to know Stig Reitan as a friend and Tormek expert.

Few people are this lucky. A typical dealer store may have a T7 or T8 on a display shelf. I have seen an occasional T4, always still in the unopened box. I have never asked, but would be surprised if one of the salespeople could give a demonstration and let me try using the Tormek. There may be a bright spot here. A few dealers offer a sharpening service. If I was intending to purchase a first Tormek, I would call ahead. If the dealer offered the sharpening service, I would make an appointment when the head sharpener was working and meet with that person. You will want to both see the Tormek and talk with a knowledgeable sales person/ Tormek user.

A woodworking or knife show has the potential to be a good opportunity to see and learn about the Tormek. I offer these suggestions to avoid some show pitfalls: 1) Before the show, call Affinity Tool (for US residents. Affinity is the Tormek importer which sends out the demonstrators.) Verify that they will be at the show. Also, ask how early they will be there and if more than one demonstrator will be attending.

The other pitfall is the regulars who only want their pocket knives to be sharpened for free. This can tie up a Tormek demonstrator. Plan to devote several hours of interrupted conversation with the Tormek rep. Hopefully you will have the benefit of talking with more than one rep. If you are lucky, you may be there during a slow time. Do good preplanning. Study videos and write down questions.

Discounts are generally available at shows. Reps generally receive a sales commission. If you are ready to buy, and if the rep has been helpful, he has earned a commission.

If, as Rich suggests, you are fortunate enough to have a Tormek knowledgeable friend, by all means ask him to share his experience with you. Pay the favor forward when you become experienced.

Ken
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General Tormek Questions / Re: CBN update, including for T4
« Last post by RichColvin on Yesterday at 12:18:42 pm »
The only thing I’d add to Ken’s last comment is to find someone else who may have a Tormek and befriend them.  They will often offer chances to try before buying. And you may be able to help them too. 

Kind regards,
Rich
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Knife Sharpening / Re: iOS Option for Calculating USB Height
« Last post by RichColvin on Yesterday at 12:11:07 pm »
The "calcapp" calculator company that I used to host the calculator on the cockloftsoftware webpage, is moving out of beta to a paid plan... so as the ol' saying goes, it has "gone the way of the dodo".  ;)

I could continue the calcapp calculator under some paid option, but I have found that the GoCalc option referenced earlier HERE, has become the one I use the most anyway... and has become the best option I think, for iOS users.

Android users still have wootz programs available of course, and Rich's Online Calculator is also there, that can be accessed from any web browser.

Just thought I'd let everyone know! :)

CB,

This really makes me sad.   What a great tool we’re losing.  Thank you for moving us forward.

Kind regards,
Rich
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Knife Sharpening / Re: Why doesn't Tormek replace stone with a CBN wheel?
« Last post by Sigs on Yesterday at 09:01:37 am »
Seems the only CBN wheels I have located are horribly expensive. Can buy 2 diamond wheels for the same price. We want the diamond wheels for certain HSS and ceramic knives.Why not just stick with What's available?
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General Tormek Questions / Re: CBN update, including for T4
« Last post by Ken S on Yesterday at 01:37:11 am »
Tim,

I think you have a good plan. The SG does yeoman service for sharpening, however, Tormek has never made a really coarse grinding wheel for heavy grinding. The DWC-250 coarse diamond wheel is a good step in that direction, but only part way there.

I don't believe this will apply to you, however, for the benefit of our readers, I always recommend replacing a grinding wheel before it is fully worn. This is especially important if someone is replacing an SG with another wheel, such as the SB or a diamond wheel. Leave enough useful grinding wheel to be able to compare the old and new wheels "side by side".

Keep us posted.

Ken
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General Tormek Questions / Re: CBN update, including for T4
« Last post by bisonbladesharpening on January 21, 2019, 11:19:09 pm »
Thank you for the follow-up Ken. I don't use a T-4 at this time. I have seen the T8 compatible CBN's in a 180 grit for a comparable price of a new tormek wheel.
Seems reasonable to use this for more aggressive grinding on very worn bevels or new bevels after reshaping a blade,
and considerably extend the life of my tormek stone.  Would also be useful for axe blades.  I see many advantages to having a wheel that maintains a consistent size also.
Seriously considering as my next purchase and will share my results when I do.
Best Wishes
Tim
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Knife Sharpening / Re: iOS Option for Calculating USB Height
« Last post by cbwx34 on January 21, 2019, 08:19:09 pm »
Why not just use the Numbers spreadsheet native to iOS? It works close enough to Excel you should have no problems doing basic Cosine rule types of calculations.

That option is also available;)
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Knife Sharpening / Re: iOS Option for Calculating USB Height
« Last post by Hohn on January 21, 2019, 08:14:12 pm »
Why not just use the Numbers spreadsheet native to iOS? It works close enough to Excel you should have no problems doing basic Cosine rule types of calculations.
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Knife Sharpening / Re: iOS Option for Calculating USB Height
« Last post by cbwx34 on January 21, 2019, 06:12:45 pm »
The "calcapp" calculator company that I used to host the calculator on the cockloftsoftware webpage, is moving out of beta to a paid plan... so as the ol' saying goes, it has "gone the way of the dodo".  ;)

I could continue the calcapp calculator under some paid option, but I have found that the GoCalc option referenced earlier HERE, has become the one I use the most anyway... and has become the best option I think, for iOS users.

Android users still have wootz programs available of course, and Rich's Online Calculator is also there, that can be accessed from any web browser.

Just thought I'd let everyone know! :)
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