Monday, 29 January 2018
Thank you for being here.....
One thing that I really find interesting is that when I teach people how to sharpen a knife, I'm talking about people who have never seen a water stone, they learn how to make a dull knife sharp enough to cut telephone book paper within the first hour. So If you can get a good grasp of the fundamentals, the basics and then apply those you can sharpen a knife.
Naturally, your bevels may be inconsistent in width or one side may have a slightly wider bevel than the other side but the edge itself will be sharp.
Remember, all you need to do is bring Side A and Side B of the knife together as precisely as you can at the Apex and that level of precision will improve over time and will continue to improve over many years. What always unfolds during a lesson is the moment of burr formation and then the process of burr removal, these are pivotal, confidence building moments that ignite peoples desire to sharpen something. Many many men have a desire to sharpen a knife but most never do or they try and fail. In last ten years I have met two knife sharpeners who do the work by hand. It is a very small world.
If you have tried failed, try again. As long as you have at least one whetstone, a 1,000 grit stone for example and some basic understanding of what has to be done, it really is just a matter of trying until you succeed.
You need to know of course that knife sharpening involves removing metal but in order to make a knife sharp some metal has to be removed, it is cycle. A sharp knife has a primary edge that runs in a continuous line from tip to heel, that microscopically thin strip if metal, the Apex of blade is no deformed in any way but that changes quickly with use so over time, a period of time that cannot be measured, that metal fails and folds over and it is your job as a sharpener to remove that fatigued metal and reform the apex, bring the two sides of the knife back together. It sounds simple because it is. You just need to practice, to build muscle memory and then eventually, that moment will come when you have successfully made the knife sharp again, you have cleaned the edge.
If you have questions or things you would like me to talk about her just let me know.