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Old 01-12-2019, 10:28 AM   #1
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Question about knife polishing - how to get started?

Hi to all,

This question is really for Chico but since it may be of general interest I thought I should post it publically. I've always been a bit of a knife nerd and I'd like to learn the basics of polishing just so that I will be able to put a better-than-factory edge on my kitchen knives. What sort of stones do I need and where can I learn something about the proper techniques?

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The best thing I can recommend is to go to edgeproinc.com and look at the fixtures and their stones. Ben Dale has several videos.

I still use the fixture, more like a vice. If the stone is high or low I twist my body or rotate the knife so that the bevel is always 90 degrees from the stone.

If you pass a yard sale and they're selling junk kitchen knives, buy them. There's a learning curve, and for a while you're going to make every mistake in the book.

By the time you can sharpen a knife without ruining it, you'll also have worn out the Edge Pro stones. Then call Ken Schwartz for some real-deal Japanese stones.

Remember, if you watch a YouTube video of a togishi polishing a sword, remember that an Edge Pro is essentially the same tool fixture--just upside down.
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Here's something you might find interesting. In Madison is a real-deal Japanese sword polisher, a real togishi. I called his home once and asked to be an apprentice and his wife says he has so much work backed up he does not have time to teach.

In a real sense, I'll bet I don't even flatten stones perfectly.

There will always be someone better, and the odds you will ever polish a perfect knife are scandalous. I've done four perfect knives in 20 years. Ask Doc about them, he bought them all.

And read about a real polisher at:

Japanese Sword Polishing Traditional Polisher David Hofhine
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