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Has anyone been keen , nerdy ?, enough to try one of these . I just saw one on Chef Knives To Go website and looked them up on both You Tube and Amazon .
Rather annoying music on the You Tube video but there are a few others to see on there.
I have not tried it John and this is the first time seeing it. Personally I think its a great idea, I am almost certain our friend Jack has looked with a magnifying glass and quite possibly a traditional microscope. I beleive he was looking for burrs.
I must be getting the sharpening bug cos I have this on my list for the not so distant future. The list is getting rather long though and is interrupting the knife buying somewhat. There are a couple of Queen knives that are demanding my poor depleted finances at the moment but they will just have to wait I guess.
Well Howard I would have agreed with your knowledge tree till I became a knife collector , or old , not sure which. I used to have one maybe two knives which I struggled to sharpen but used all the time . Now that I am a knife collector I have a lot of knives and no great need for any of them . I have just spent more on a sharpening system than I would have believed possible till I was a knife collector, and have plans for adding to it. Strange business innit .
Hahahahaha. I think most of us are in the same position - more knives than we need, and knives we will never use because they are "collector" knives.
Leonard Lee "The Complete Guide To Sharpening" uses a lot of of electron microscope photos of blade edges, which lets you see the effects of various sharpening mediums, but I can't find a practical application in real-life. That is, I am a fair hand at free-hand sharpening so if a knife is dull, I sharpen it. If it gets dull too quickly, maybe the knife has the wrong steel for the job or maybe it needs a secondary bevel. The loupe shows me where the "shiny" parts of the blade are, but I think "scoping" it will tell me what I already know by feel.
Thanks Thomas I value your opinion," dirt road with ditches" I will remember that .
I don't think my edges are at the looking like mercury stage yet , that will be next week .
Thomas, hahahahaha. Yes, I can understand the obsession. I sleep very well at night, probably because I am not obsessed by much of anything, while my partner, Beverly's (PhD/Chemistry) mind is a whirl of activity (Type-A personality). From Leonard Lee's electron microscope pictures I knew, before going down that path, that it was a dirt road, so I am happy to be blissfully ignorant of what my blades REALLY look like, down deep - as long as they cut, and if they hold an edge well for a while, I figure that I sharpened them correctly.
Well the reason that I am thinking about a microscope is I have bodged around for a lot of years doing not well understood freehand sharpening. Now that I am taking more interest in the subject I would like to see what I am actually achieving . I have been able to get knives sharp eventually by freehand sharpening . Now I have the Edge Pro I can achieve the same result very quickly but due in part to old and weak eyes I can't actually see where the difference lies . I was going to buy something like a loupe but then I saw the USB microscope and figured with that I could see a little more also it appears I could take images of the edge and retain them or bore other folk with them. Well I guess there are a few other bits and pieces to get for the Edge Pro before making the decision on the microscope.but at that price I am tempted.
A great definition of knife sharpening Thomas and I will take your advice and get the microscope.
I enjoy the "accent "in your post's so no apologies are needed, language to me is just a means of communicating ideas and I understand completely what you are saying and value your advice .
An Angle Cube is on the " wish list" along with the microscope , it would be helpful if GEC and Queeen would halt production for a little while till I get my finances back in order !!