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  A New Look!
Posted by: Mike Brubacher - 10 hours ago - Forum: BESS - No Replies

Since Arizona has now become the most infected spot on earth, I've changed my look. My wife says that I look better. Everyone, please stay safe!


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  New platen for Kally 1SM
Posted by: SHARPCO - 06-28-2020, 04:08 AM - Forum: All About Edges - Replies (6)

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  Old knife restoration
Posted by: grepper - 05-20-2020, 08:26 PM - Forum: Relevant General Discussion - Replies (2)

I enjoy rescuing old tools and giving them a new lease on life.  It's always a shame when an old tool, frozen with rust is forsaken when with just a bit of work can be born again and restored to another entire lifetime of usefulness.  Here's a couple of examples on page 1 and 2 of this post:


I've done a bunch of them and have enjoyed much success, however nothing compared to what this guy does.

He uses a lot of time consuming hand work, but moreover, some very imaginative and inventive restoration ideas.  Anyway, I enjoyed this video where tackles a beyond all hope, mostly disintegrated old knife.  Maybe you will enjoy it too:


Here are some other hopeless, basket (trash can) cases he rejuvenated.  Pretty cool.  Scroll through the list of videos.  There are some beautiful old tools in very deteriorated condition given a new, useful lease on life.  A great demonstration of how those old, built like a tank tools can last many lifetimes...  As long as someone cares to keep them maintained or save them if they have become forlorn, abandoned and left to the dark abyss of  oblivion:


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  Two New Intl. Distributors
Posted by: Mike Brubacher - 05-08-2020, 11:18 AM - Forum: Relevant General Discussion - No Replies

We are very pleased to announce our cooperation with two new stocking distributors in Europe. Please welcome  in the UK:

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And based in the Netherlands:  

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English      https://www.knivesandtools.com/en/ct/edg...esters.htm

French       https://www.knivesandtools.fr/fr/ct/edge...nchant.htm

German     https://www.knivesandtools.de/de/ct/edge-on-up-schaerfetester.htm 


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  Edge Reading Disparities
Posted by: Mike Brubacher - 05-01-2020, 09:58 AM - Forum: All About Edges - Replies (4)

Just received an email from a customer with a question. He just finished sharpening a blade and  then garnered these three measurements at three different points on the edge: 90, 180, 220. He was wondering if his test methodology might be flawed.

First of all - even if one were intentionally trying to screw up the measurements, it's doubtful that one could produce this disparity in readings on a well ground and thoroughly deburred edge.  Now, please don't take this as a challenge Exchange members! As a rule though, the statement is accurate.

90 - 180 - 220 do bear the mark of a wire (or false) edge however. In the first case (90), the edge had just enough structural stability to sever the test media cleanly. In the latter two measurements (180, 220) it didn't and either dented or folded the wire edge over before severing the test media. There could be other edge problems that could manifest in this manner  but I advised the customer to look for a wire edge first.

Wire edges do make me think though. Usually, once a  wire edge is removed, there is no significant reduction in sharpness. In the case of our customer, and once the wire edge is removed, he should end up with an edge that measures around 90. This leads me to believe that the  width of the wire edge is about the same at the top as it is at the base where it will be separated from the newly created and structurally improved edge apex. So the problem with wire edges is that they are just "too tall" for their own good. So how's that for pure conjecture on my part? My mind is a terrible burden. I visualize microscopic things in dinner plate size and then draw conclusions. Those visualizations are sometimes later proven correct and sometimes not. I never reveal my batting average - too embarrassing.

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  50 BESS is the size of COVID-19
Posted by: KnifeGrinders - 04-28-2020, 04:11 PM - Forum: Edge Sharpness Testing - Replies (2)

Just realized that the edge scoring 50 BESS has an apex of the same size as the coronavirus COVID-19.
Actually, apex in the best disposable shaving razors is even less.
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  This is the way to do it
Posted by: Mike Brubacher - 04-22-2020, 03:33 PM - Forum: Edge Sharpness Testing - No Replies

The following was sent to us by one of our international customers. The picture shows how the test media passes beneath the bearing seat and is pinched between washer and test fixture when the clamping nut is snugged up. Atop the bearing seat is a thrust bearing. This arrangement insures that test media cannot be over-tensioned when tightening the clamping nut. Thanks for the picture Chico!


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  Tormek SVM-45
Posted by: Ken S - 04-16-2020, 06:53 PM - Forum: Relevant General Discussion - Replies (3)

    Tormek redesigned the SVM-45 knife jig in 2002. The jig was shortened. I need a pre 2002 longer jig for a Tormek related project. If anyone has one and would be willing to part with it, I would gladly trade either aa brand new latest version SVM-45 or $40 US, the cost of a new jig. The photo shows the different before and after 2002 lengths.

If you can help me out, please send me a message.

Thanks, Ken Schroeder

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  Static electricity issue
Posted by: SHARPCO - 04-04-2020, 11:13 PM - Forum: Knife Making & Bladesmithing in Memory of Mark Reich - Replies (7)


I use Viel S-5 belt grinder for sharpening. Recently I have been having problems with static electricity. It gets worse when using a Trizact belt or leather belt. Do you know any solutions?

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  My Sharpening and knife related videos
Posted by: blgentry - 04-01-2020, 07:13 AM - Forum: Relevant General Discussion - Replies (60)

I'm going to post all (most?) of my knife and sharpening related videos here to make them easier to find.  These are mostly all on my youtube channel, which you can link to from any of them.

Let's start with my latest.  A how to on assembling and installing Grepper's KallyRest:


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