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Old 04-05-2019, 02:12 PM   #1
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Good news and bad news.

I just got a new job in the mail. The first goal is to make the bevel uniform front to back and then left to right. How hard can that be?

Well, I flipped the knife over and found deep marks in the spine--ones that do not match my 140 stone or the several layers of blue painters tape.

I had to call the client...

It was going nicely.

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Old 04-05-2019, 02:32 PM   #2
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All will be well. The client is a nice guy who just likes sharp, not necessarily pretty (in knives). In women I like both
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Old 04-05-2019, 02:37 PM   #3
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Thank you. I am going to fix this. I am slowly building up thin layers of paint, which will be hand rubbed with a worn terry cloth towel and Mothers. This blends the paint into the cracks.

And yes, the "client's knives" will be sharp...
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The client is a nice guy who just likes sharp, not necessarily pretty (in knives). In women I like both
Careful, buddy.
You're playing with fire.

Use this as your guide.

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Old 04-06-2019, 03:44 AM   #6
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Bigdog, I slept on this project last night, too. Then it hit me.

You're going to see the knife before you come anywhere close to paying for the sharpening. As such, why do we have to remove all that choil metal now?

I forgot my own procedure. I got up before the sun, and calmly blended the choils, not removing them totally. Additionally, the paint on the spine is dry, so I can lightly polish it out and blend it a bit before the knife flies home to you.

You'll get to see the spine, and the rear choil. You can then tell me to remove more metal or re-paint the scratches.

The good news is that the edge will be sharp and polished. You'll be cutting for a few days, the knife will return with your instructions--and you get "life sharp" anyway.

There is still a slight hump on the left side. But at this point I'd rather have too much metal than too little.
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Old 04-06-2019, 03:57 PM   #7
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Bigdog, as we discussed, I suggested making a choil to true-up the grinding errors at the back of your knife.

The first picture is how you blade might look. I posed the TOPS folder against a white card to show how a small choil would look.

The second picture shows the tools I might use. There are six sizes from CRKT, all of them are coated with diamond fragments to cut through any metal. I start small, and then move up a step or two until the freshly cut choil takes out all of the irregularities.

I like choils, but this is your call.

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Old 04-07-2019, 06:09 AM   #8
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Bigdog, I was installed the scissors attachment to my fixture, and padded the knife. I won't cut the choil until you have approved the modification.

My opinion (for what it's worth)? Frankly the rear of the bevel is poorly formed and a choil would be cleaner, leaving the bevel more uniform.

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Old 04-07-2019, 08:41 AM   #9
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I did my Boker first.

The client's handle is black, my Boker's handle is green. I have done the choil move lots of times, but the client probably has not.

Here's is my knife done just minutes ago. After the modification, I did use the tip of a magic marker (permanent ink) and painted the choil.

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