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Old 12-27-2017, 09:41 AM   #1
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I bought these knives (dozen on E-bay for $35) when a few of my kids were working retail. They would constantly be coming home with gouges in blades from hitting staples in boxes, etc.



Now we have these laying all over the house and shop. Periodically I will pick one up and see the edge is ‘worn’ and throw it in a basket in my office for sharpening. Today, two of them got cleaned up. Nothing special, simply using the KME Gold diamond plates to re-establish the edge (consistent burr) and a few strops at 1500 to clear the edge.

Should be good for a few more boxes, threads, wine bottle seals, that kind of stuff.
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I do like to carry something decent when I'm out and about, but like you, I seek out the unsung models.

I really like my Ruger Compacts, and it seems that the Barge is a favorite with everyone.
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I do like to carry something decent when I'm out and about, but like you, I seek out the unsung models.

I really like my Ruger Compacts, and it seems that the Barge is a favorite with everyone.
Chico,

This is actually a case where I rarely let other people use my EDC (read, better knife) as most people do not respect what it takes to keep good steel sharp. I would rather, if they are going to mis-treat a knife, they do it with a $3 blade than my more expensive one. Similar to guns and tools, it’s very unusual that someone gets to use/try my good stuff.

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Well, perhaps I should leave my cheap knives dull.

There's something about a polisher, a man who thinks he can fix anything. Hand him that 3 dollar knife, and three days later you can slice sushi.

Now you have me thinking about that "foggy spot" on my ZT0909...
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Old 12-27-2017, 11:56 AM   #5
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Chico,

That 909 deserves better :-) You know that you will never live with yourself (especially when you open it (you will look right at that spot)) and heaven forbid someone else should spot that.

And, BTW, I completely agree. Even a $3 knife should have a good edge. It drives me nuts to see someone struggling with a dull knife.

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I posted this a couple of months ago ....a gun show find. The guy had tables full of knives of all types and prices. I saw this old box that said "Gerber" ... found this cool little blade, NIB for $5.00. So far it's seen a little pocket time and seems to hold an edge. I think it was a fiver well spent.
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Chico,That 909 deserves better :-)
Oh, there's a dichotomy that goes with it. The knife is very sharp, the spot is cosmetic. I would be removing good steel for ego.

But I did think about it...
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