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That's great Data!
That would be nice to learn direct from a master in an apprenticeship - good for him
One thing I like about the KME is the degree of adjustability. It is marked in one degree increments from 17 to 30 degrees. And you could even work in half degree increments if you wanted by positioning half way between degree marks.
Skimming back as I travel around finding new groups and interests as the knife bug bites ... I like the look of that KME system Charles, not cheap, but it looks like it will be very effective. And of course your own testimony of not being that good, and now getting them hair shaving sharp is a good endorsement.
Oops. I didn't look where I was posting this - turned out to be the Queen Cutlery site. Found that you posted the David Clarke information over here in "Knife Sharpeners", Jan, so I moved my comment over here where it belongs.
Thanks, Jan. Great information, especially for me. My father-in-law purchased some Potter County Pennsylvania mountain property back in the '60s. It is a mountainous area by eastern standards. Most of Potter county is up and down with relatively few flat areas. The property was intended as a "hunting camp" as there were/are plenty of deer and turkey.
However, early inspection of the property showed signs of quarrying - shallow, almost insignificant quarrying of flagstone. One of my brothers-in-law, along with a local native of Potter Co. got interested in trying to sell this "Pennsylvania Bluestone flagstone in the late '90s, as it is harder than the Arizona type of flagstone. So they bought a stone cutter and worked the quarry for a time until the bottom fell out of the flagstone market.
So, this article says that some nice hard (and soft) flagstone (sandstone) was found in the 1800s in the UP of MI (Grindstone City) that made excellent grindstones when cut and shaped into wheels for grinding knife blades.
I am wondering if the guys working the quarry on the property ever had the flagstone analyzed for content of silica, etc. It is a very fine-grained sandstone, and might make excellent benchstones - since carborundum ruined the grindstone business. Now, there doesn't seem to be any of that hard Arkansas stone for fine work, but maybe a coarse or medium benchstone material might be just lying there waiting to become a natural benchstone. It won't compete with Norton benchstones, but might be a "cottage" industry to make a buck here and there.
Well Historian David Clarke has done it again! Check out the early Grindstone information and enjoy! http://www.queencutlery.com/uploads/Early_Cutlery_Grindstones_3-25-...
I finally got a sharpie to find my mistake. Also, I'm very impressed with my black Arkansas stone.
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