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adroit

Member since Aug 2010 • Last active Aug 2019

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    Apparently VIAGRA... wont make you James Bond, but it will make you Roger Moore

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    me "My owl thinks it's a duck".
    Vet "I see. And is this causing any problems?"
    Me " Just the incessant wise quacks."

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    I blacked the blades on these opinels with mustard. The first few applications left some interesting patterns, but I wanted black blades so kept at it till they were a uniform finish.

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    That's what practice is for :)
    Mark the edge with a permanent marker, then place the blade at a shallow angle on the stone, and give it a couple of passes, which will grind away the ink where it is in contact. You'll probably find that its far too shallow, and the edge won't be touched, and still have ink on it. Raise the back of the blade a bit, to get a steeper angle and keep grinding until you are fairly close to the edge, and get the feel for getting that right on both sides.
    Once you have a really thin bead of ink along the edge practice keeping the blade at the same angle till the bead has vanished on both sides.
    You'll probably have to remark it with ink a few times as you go along.

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    Only "illegal to carry" if you don't have a good reason.
    When cutting an apple it is possible for the blade to snap shut on your fingers. So a locking knife prevents that, and is therefore a good reason.
    At least that's what I'm going to say if I ever get challenged, as I have never left the house without a blade that doesn't lock. (Leatherman tool, and Topeak Alien for example)

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    Actually, it won't take all that long, and it is a great learning experience. I bet it would take you far longer to sort out a wheel or find someone else to do it, take it to them, pick it up again and earn the dosh to pay them.
    You might want that aggressive stone I said you wouldn't need, but even with a 1000 grit that isn't going to take more than an hour of patient grinding on your whetstone.
    Also you've nothing to lose.
    You'll be a master sharpener in an evening.
    I've reground edges in far worse state by hand in not that long (although I do have some very aggressive stones!)

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    Coarse stones are obviously faster but potentially easier to do damage to an edge (and if you know what you're doing, easier to put it right)
    I'd say stick to fine until you're confident, you'll not remove so much metal, and you'll get the same edge just a bit more slowly.
    I'd actually recommend a finer stone, get one a few thousand grit finer than the one you have (go 1,000, 3,000 8,000)
    That's the way to get razor sharpness.

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    And the silly buggers at RBWM have just declared a climate emergency!

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