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Old 11-20-2004, 06:44 AM   #1
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Sharpening Knives

If you're like me, you're a little intimidated by the prospect of sharpening your own knives, but are unwilling or unable to send them to a professional sharpener. Help is at hand! Go here for an absolutely excellent tutorial on knife sharpening.

http://forums.egullet.org/index.php?showtopic=26036


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Old 11-20-2004, 10:16 AM   #2
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What a great post! This will answer a lot of peoples questions. Thanks Catseye!
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Old 11-20-2004, 12:33 PM   #3
 
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I like this site better for tips on knives and knife care: http://www.bladeforums.com/features/faqsharp.shtml
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Old 11-20-2004, 03:27 PM   #4
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Curious as to how you all test your knives for sharpness. I test mine as I do when I test my fish hooks. If the hook point catches on my nail, it's sharp. Same with knives. If I scrape it across my nail and it catches, it's sharp. The more acute the angle it catches at, the sharper it is.

Of course, I don't think painted and acrylic nails would work too well.
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Old 11-20-2004, 05:18 PM   #5
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I use the nail test as well. Then I use a tomato.
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Old 11-21-2004, 08:27 AM   #6
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Great! thanks, good information :)
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Old 11-21-2004, 09:40 AM   #7
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Thanks, guys! My printer will be printing for a while -- both of these links are incredibly informative!

Yep. Nail and tomato tester here, too!
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Old 12-06-2004, 02:28 AM   #8
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I usually test my knives by shaving the hair on my arm.
OR hold a sheet of paper buy the corner and try to make a slice down the sheet.

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