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Old 01-27-2012, 10:48 PM   #131
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I remember him coming around with his horse drawn cart. He had two wheels inside that he made spin with a foot pedal. Kind of like the old treadle sewing machines. I remember the horse was a big brown one with what is called a blaze down its nose. I was scared to death of that horse. To a five year old, he looked so big and mean.
I grew up In Toronto, in the early fifties, I'm 65 ,and remember the Italian knife sharpen guy, he'd ring his bell, and you'd come out and get your blades honed.
I remember the Simcoe Ice horse drawn cart, in the pre refrigerator days, and you could pick up chunks of ice for free! Off the road, where the ice mans tongs punched bits of ice out so you got a free clear Popsicle minus stick, no charge.
Sweet as!
Anyhow, my knife sharpener has a suction cup clamp lock and one draws the blade in a soft motion which removes steel from the blade to produce SUPER SHARP, wear shoes, no drinking and cooking type sharp blades.
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Old 01-27-2012, 10:59 PM   #132
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I grew up In Toronto, in the early fifties, I'm 65 ,and remember the Italian knife sharpen guy, he'd ring his bell, and you'd come out and get your blades honed.
I remember the Simcoe Ice horse drawn cart, in the pre refrigerator days, and you could pick up chunks of ice for free! Off the road, where the ice mans tongs punched bits of ice out so you got a free clear Popsicle minus stick, no charge.
Sweet as!
Anyhow, my knife sharpener has a suction cup clamp lock and one draws the blade in a soft motion which removes steel from the blade to produce SUPER SHARP, wear shoes, no drinking and cooking type sharp blades.
The father of one of the residents in our building was our ice and oil man. His family still has his ice tongs.
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Old 01-27-2012, 11:45 PM   #133
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As long as this discussion has tangeted into sharp knives and such, I've never mastered hand honing my knives with stone and oil. Over the years, however, I've come across countless knife sharpening devices, both electric and non-electric, all of which failed me. A couple of years ago I got knowledge of the Edgemaker brand of knife sharpeners. Edgemaker still requires some eye hand coordination, but I think I've found my favorite kitchen tool, as far as knife sharpeners go.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:04 AM   #134
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http://clevedoncounty.com/shop/sharp...ife-sharpener/
This one.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:15 AM   #135
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I'm wary of any electric sharpener that has "guides" to position the knife in order to sharpen properly. Here's a hint as to my thinking on these type electric sharpeners, Chef's Choice line of products (probably the most well known of electric sharpeners) comes out with a new model each year, as if they're gonna get there some day.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:31 AM   #136
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As long as this discussion has tangeted into sharp knives and such, I've never mastered hand honing my knives with stone and oil. Over the years, however, I've come across countless knife sharpening devices, both electric and non-electric, all of which failed me. A couple of years ago I got knowledge of the Edgemaker brand of knife sharpeners. Edgemaker still requires some eye hand coordination, but I think I've found my favorite kitchen tool, as far as knife sharpeners go.
I use the Edgemaker on my Forschner knives. It does a credible job on typical kitchen knives. They won't work well on Japanese style knives. For my J's I send them out. The difference is unbelievable.
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Old 01-28-2012, 12:40 AM   #137
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I'm wary of any electric sharpener that has "guides" to position the knife in order to sharpen properly. Here's a hint as to my thinking on these type electric sharpeners, Chef's Choice line of products (probably the most well known of electric sharpeners) comes out with a new model each year, as if they're gonna get there some day.
It's not electric, it requires a hand to pull thru the steel bits, which can flop and spin 180 so you can sharpen by sharpening manual. infinitely.
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Old 01-28-2012, 01:04 PM   #138
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As long as this discussion has tangeted into sharp knives and such, I've never mastered hand honing my knives with stone and oil. Over the years, however, I've come across countless knife sharpening devices, both electric and non-electric, all of which failed me. A couple of years ago I got knowledge of the Edgemaker brand of knife sharpeners. Edgemaker still requires some eye hand coordination, but I think I've found my favorite kitchen tool, as far as knife sharpeners go.
Since this is basically just two steels across each other, wouldn't it just hone, and not actually sharpen? That would explain why it "takes less metal off the blade so your knives last longer". It doesn't sound like it creates a new edge, it just pulls the super fine ridges on the sharp edge of the blade back in line, which is honing, not sharpening.
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Since this is basically just two steels across each other, wouldn't it just hone, and not actually sharpen? That would explain why it "takes less metal off the blade so your knives last longer". It doesn't sound like it creates a new edge, it just pulls the super fine ridges on the sharp edge of the blade back in line, which is honing, not sharpening.
Edgemaker has 4 separate sharpeners of varying degrees of smoothness. The first three are more like files or those rough steels. The final one is a hone. You need not use all of them at any one time, only those required.

Although they will never get a knife as sharp as a King 8000 grit stone, there is little learning curve, and a minimal amount of time involved. For many people with typical american or german knives, they work well.
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My new favourite tool is a 5 kg capacity, electronic, kitchen scale. I love the "tare" function. I can stick a bowl on it; switch it on; and then weigh out whatever.
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