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Old 08-29-2018, 04:21 PM   #1
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Not every knife is perfect.

While the fit and finish of every Barge I've held is above average, one lemon slipped through. The tip of this Barge was bigger than the bevel near the ricasso. I made a few cuts, then just set it aside until I had some time to repair it.

Obviously, I cannot "glue" metal back on, so that meant I had to take a 140 Atoma shaping stone and cut the back 2/3s down without touching the front wider section. Yeah, it was a tad nerve-wracking, but "blending" the two sections was even worse.

I was spending so much time making small changes and 'soft' slices that I did not notice the stone setting. That would be the second picture.

Yes, I know the knife is shaped to a narrow amount. Yes, I know once polished it will slice anything amazingly easy--too easy. Yes, I know several of the KT family thought "Silence of the Lambs" was a comedy movie.

Now that it's fixed, the polishing will be the usual procedure, although I might go a smidge deeper into the pastes.

Mechanically, the knife is perfect, it's just frickin' dangerous. Shall I sell it, or keep it...

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Old 08-29-2018, 05:24 PM   #2
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I lined it up just by eye and it still looked a tad off. I set the stone arm down a little farther, made all my north/south cuts, and then went east/west to make sure the bevel was true and uniform. A little thing, but little things like that keep me up at night.

It is now 15.4 degrees. Yeah, I know, I know...
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Old 08-29-2018, 07:44 PM   #3
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Chico, when you come across a knife that needs a lot of TLC why don't you put it on the side and move on to the next one. Save the bad ones for those days when you feel the world closing in on you and you're out of ice coffee and subway sandwiches.
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Old 08-30-2018, 01:44 AM   #4
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It's not "bad" in the terms of being flawed. It was 'bad' in terms of being dangerous.

I did most of the work at the end of the day after I had already been to the UPS hub and shipped out the day's work.

If anything, it gave me time to relax and do detailed work. The bevel is now uniform and sharp. There is plenty of metal behind the edge to make sure the knife could still be a strong camp knife.

And when I polish today's work I will be using the same polishing stones and pastes. This one will just be "exceptional."
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It's not "bad" in the terms of being flawed. It was 'bad' in terms of being dangerous.

I did most of the work at the end of the day after I had already been to the UPS hub and shipped out the day's work.

If anything, it gave me time to relax and do detailed work. The bevel is now uniform and sharp. There is plenty of metal behind the edge to make sure the knife could still be a strong camp knife.

And when I polish today's work I will be using the same polishing stones and pastes. This one will just be "exceptional."
<snicker> So, you need to add a surcharge for super-Barge!!

Glad you're chugging along with the polishing. Deep breath, and you always do fine; you just have trouble recognizing it!

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Old 08-30-2018, 11:08 PM   #6
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As a knife geek, why not take all your personal knives to 15.4?
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Old 08-31-2018, 07:28 AM   #7
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Some knives require it. A nakiri usually has a 6 degree edge. Some wilderness guys like a 22 degree edge so nothing chips when they build shelters or baton wood.

For a jackknife, it's good to keep it from 16 to 18 degrees--and closer to 18, at that. A jackknife has to do any chore the owner needs, and usually it's never a planned job.

I just didn't need the extra work--I'm seeing Barges in my sleep!
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Old 08-31-2018, 01:34 PM   #8
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If this 15.4 degree knife pans out, I'm going to try some 5.4 million grit slurry.

...what can I say, Ken Schwartz is a heck of a salesman...
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Ken called me late this afternoon and told me the slurry had been shipped.

Odd as this may sound, my wife said, "I'm going to a funeral."

Naturally I figured she finally snapped and I stood up to take it like a man.

Barked, "Not you, swarf-for-brains, an older teacher from my school died!"

I sent her my best, helped her coordinate a black dress with accessories (I was an art major in college) and wished her the best.

But she had that look all us husbands know, "I think he's doing something, but I can't figure it out--yet..."
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But she had that look all us husbands know, "I think he's doing something, but I can't figure it out--yet..."
Don't worry, buddy. Eventually she'll get to the point of, "I think he's doing something, but as long as it doesn't affect me..."
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