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Old 10-31-2019, 12:10 AM   #1
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Sentimental Knife

This afternoon I emptied out a drawer space that had a bunch of old knives in it. Most of them are junk that we never use and I'd never waste the time to sharpen. But in the drawer I found a special knife. It's a Case that my wife purchased back in the 80's and which accompanied us on many camping trips. It's a plain carbon steel blade, but I always liked the knife because I could put a good edge on it even in the days that I possessed no skill.

It was nice to rediscover the knife. I cleaned it up a bit, sharpened the edge with the stones that were already out, and then put some magic beeswax concoction onto it. The edge is now nice, but not perfect. But the whole knife is not yet perfect. We'll use it a bit, and the next time it needs sharpening, I'll clean it up some more.

It was really fun working with this steel. It's easy to create a reasonably sharp edge.
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'Iron, I know the feeling. There's something very comforting and satisfying about refining a tool and making it better. Sometimes I go digging around for a knife just to polish.

Great story!
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Old 11-11-2019, 07:26 PM   #3
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Been using the old Case in the kitchen, and it really is a nice knife. For some tasks, it's better than the nicer stainless knives. So this afternoon I decided to make it a little sharper. Now when you're spreading peanut butter on your toast, you really need to be careful.
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Have a bunch of old f-dick knives from the 60-70s...still slicing perfect
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Old 11-12-2019, 07:12 AM   #5
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I'm still playing with that yellow-handled Buck knife. Yeah, I was going to polish the edge, but it still glitters as I rotate it. It also has that "edgy" feeling as I lightly pass my fingerprints over the bevel. I'm still looking for something really good to slice...
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