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Old 11-30-2018, 10:32 AM   #1
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"It's too pretty to use!"

Many times with newer clients, I hand them their own knife back, they look at the edge, and remark, "It's too pretty to use!"

Well, part of this I understand, I hate dinging up a fresh edge, but at the end of the day, a knife is a tool. And worthless if you never use it for it's design.

This morning as I got my civilian clothes read to go out for coffee, I checked my knives, and my Barge was dinged (more gouged) by five parallel marks--both sides. It looked like it hit a zipper. I tried paper and glass, which dulled the marks but would not remove them.

In less than an hour, I ran a 4000 grit Nubatama, a 15,000 Nubatama, a touch of black emulsion and the pad from the 3.2 million grit--with just one spritz for the whole job. I'm cheap.

I took this picture on the Queen of Hearts, The Queen of Clubs and The Queen of Diamonds to show you it was indeed a used knife--mine.

And BTW, one of my clients, a part-time barista, looks like he uses his Barge for cutting tarred shingles. He always gets it back like it never left the box.

Use your tools.

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Old 11-30-2018, 04:15 PM   #2
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Beautiful work.
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Old 12-01-2018, 02:36 AM   #3
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Chico, everyone who see the Barge you polished notices the edge right away. It took me a few weeks to start to use it at work and at home because it has a pretty edge but it is a great work knife and I’m going to continue to use it. When it needs a sharpening I’ll let you know.
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When it needs a sharpening Iíll let you know.
Go right ahead, you have "life sharp." You just pay for shipping.
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Go right ahead, you have "life sharp." You just pay for shipping.
$9 shipping, I remember. Thanks Chico
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$9 shipping, I remember. Thanks Chico
Funny thing about this "life sharp" provision. When I first started my company, my SIL said, "You're going to lose your shirt!" The opposite happened.

As a smaller company, I never got the big deals that stores got. But my clients were okay for paying a bit more at the front end, knowing I would repair their knives over time. I do have a small fishing tackle box of parts.

Sometimes I don't have the parts or knowledge of a specific knife, but I can cut the red tape and get the knife to the factory since I deal with most of them. When the knife comes back, I polish it and send it home.
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