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Old 02-21-2018, 02:58 PM   #1
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Cheap--and I mean cheap--useful knives.

My box came mid-afternoon today, and my sharpening area now looks like a cutlers assembly line!

As seen in the picture, I ordered two Buri Gear-Aid fixed blades knives. One in black, one in orange. My guess is that I will use a semi-gloss or kirinaga edge for stuff like rope or slicing food at a restaurant. Then I can toss them in the sink.

They were 15 bucks apiece and surprisingly well made.

The third one is an old friend and one of my favorite knives, the Schrade SCHF15. It's a fixed blade tanto knife, very similar to my Ruger compacts. Being fixed blade, it is stronger for hiking and camping.

I'm thinking of making it a larger version of the Kurobikari San. Then again, it might be fun to have a 23 dollar knife with a 400 dollar slurry edge. Call me fickle, and both the edges are dead straight, believe it or not.

Well, I'm off to run a 140 Atoma over the edge of the orange Buri, just to see how hard or malleable the alloy is...

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Old 02-21-2018, 03:10 PM   #2
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That orange handle makes sense for use in the woods. I used to tie a piece of orange flagging tape on the handles of my hunting knives during hunting season. I got tired of looking for my knife after I'd set it down for a second while dressing game.
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Old 02-21-2018, 03:50 PM   #3
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Well, the shaping is done, and it was like "old home week."

It didn't take me many strokes to find out that my orange handled knife was "sharpened," a term I use loosely, by the same metal butcher who made Chuck's knife.

My wife is sitting out in the living room about twenty feet away, and she yells, "What are you grinding on?"

I called back, "Don't worry, it's a 15 dollar knife."

Naturally, she has to have the last word and smirks, "Yeah, it must be--I can see 7.50 of it laying on the kitchen floor..."

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Old 02-22-2018, 02:23 AM   #4
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Well, the mid-grit stones are soaking, and I have three knives in line that need that treatment.

I have Wingnut's knife, a santoku for Shirley (a friend from the B&N café), and the orange Buri. If I can keep them all straight in my Swiss-cheese frontal lobes, it should be a good day.

Then again, SnowTao warned me to only handle two crises per day...
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Old 02-22-2018, 06:33 AM   #5
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Here's a cute toy I got from Ken Schwartz. It's nano-cloth pressed firmly and glued to a glass mount. I bought one or three of them a few weeks ago, and I was waiting for the aluminum mount to wear out. It died a noble death.

As you know, all of my polishing is done with glass--that is, as of now. I cannot imagine how sharp an edge is going to get making firm, straight downward only strokes with diamonds and glass.

One of the cheap knives I bought was that SCHF15. I'd like to see if I can make it sharper than the current champion, the TOPS C.U.T. 4.0.

...Yeah, I know, I need a better therapist or better meds...

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Old 02-22-2018, 05:36 PM   #6
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Well, you get what you pay for.

Yikes, I worked most of my free time today just to get an edge on this orange handled Gear-Aid. A small section, about 3/8s of an inch to the rear of the tip sharpened like taffy. I must have used four stones to find the right grit to perfect the edge.

Then came polishing, and sections of the metal looked mottled. An inch would gleam like a mirror, and then 1/8 of an inch would look foggy. I had to move back down the ladder, and take my coarsest paper and automotive paste to level the surface before I could use Schwartz Alumina.

Taught me a lesson. I wanted a cheap knife for eating and opening wet boxes. The knife works, but I doubt the edge would last on a two week camp out.

Even the blade coating scuffed easily.

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Old 02-22-2018, 06:26 PM   #7
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Cheap knife for opening boxes?

That's like driving your AMC Gremlin to go eat tacos.

Either is fine, I suppose. But how about cruising to The French Laundry in your Ferrari 488 Pista, and slicing your dinner in half with your Hattori Honzo sword? That, my friend, is how I wanna roll.
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This part of my "career" is trying new stuff, and pushing the limits. Anyone can take a high end knife and polish it, I wanted to test my limits.

Now I have a knife for slicing rinds for the garbage disposal.
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This part of my "career" is trying new stuff, and pushing the limits. Anyone can take a high end knife and polish it, I wanted to test my limits.
Brother, you are indeed cursed.

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Brother, you are indeed cursed.
I started polishing the year I met "The Red Queen."

So, yes, I am cursed.
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