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Old 10-30-2018, 11:48 AM   #1
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The Last Barge is Done!

Only about a week later than imagined, I have just finished sharpening, polishing and re-boxing the last Barge!

...of course, now the "life sharp" knives will begin filtering back in...
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Old 10-31-2018, 05:36 AM   #2
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...of course, now the "life sharp" knives will begin filtering back in...
"now"?! Just how fast do these knives go dull?!?!
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"now"?! Just how fast do these knives go dull?!?!
One of the baristas at B&N must have a side-job as a carpenter or a roofer. He gives me his knife about once per week or at best, two weeks. Dull, chipped, areas rounded.

I carry a Barge, myself. I've had it for weeks, never used it. So far it's all been envelopes, loose threads and boxes. For those things, I have the Spline.

Recently we had a thread here from a guy who asked if he should shoot his new pistol or leave it pristine. The same thing happens with knives. My guess is that most KT guys use their stuff, but one or two will keep the Barge "pretty" and use an old Buck.
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...of course, now the "life sharp" knives will begin filtering back in...
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I’ve been using mine for a month or two, mostly cutting my cigars and opening mail. The edge hasn’t dulled at all that I can see.
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Mine arrived today. I opened it first so I could use it on the rest of the envelopes.
I don't think I've ever opened envelopes before and not had to use any sawing motion whatsoever, just push it through. It was an interesting experience. I look forward to using it at work, it seems like a stout little pocketknife. I'm ready to open an account, I have a drawer full of pushbuttons and a couple EDC Kershaw Cryo's that are in need of this treatment!
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I think the way they mix alloys and heat-treat metal now has made cutlery steel better than ever before.

I use my Spline for cutting everything, and it still has the same polished edge I put on it when it was new.
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I'd just like to say that your work with my Barge gave me the best knife edge I've ever seen, and I've seen a few!

Many thanks! You are a true craftsman!
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I'd just like to say that your work with my Barge gave me the best knife edge I've ever seen, and I've seen a few!
Most of the accolades go to Ken Schwartz. He has a contact in Japan that gets him some of the finest stones I've ever seen. I even have four or five "natural stones," probably left over from the Samurai age. You treat those very gingerly!

Ken also makes me things, like glass lined nano-cloth fixtures, so nanodiamond slurry spreads smoothly on the bevels.

Ken has told me that this contact of his in Japan really knows about the rocks in his country. Hand him any rock, even one piece of gravel. Not only can he tell you what quarry it came out of, but how deep the level was to find it!
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