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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