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Sharpen a knife - PEP BB tool.sand.knife

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There is always a knife that needs a renewed edge, this time it was our chefs knife.
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Chef knife to sharpen
Chef knife to sharpen
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Sharpening a chef knife
Sharpening a chef knife
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Sharp chef knife
Sharp chef knife
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Here is my submission for "Sharpen a knife - PEP BB tool.sand.knife":

I am providing photos of the following:
 - pic of the dull knife raggedly cutting through a piece of paper
 - action pic of sharpening
 - pic of the sharp knife having cut halfway through a piece of paper


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attempting to cut through paper before sharpening
attempting to cut through paper before sharpening
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sharpening
sharpening
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cutting paper after sharpening
cutting paper after sharpening
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Requirements to complete:
- must be sharpened with a whetstone (or more than one)
- sharpen secondary edge as well as primary edge
- hone
- test before and after with cutting paper


To get certified for this BB, post three pics:

 - closeup of pic of the dull edge OR pic of the dull knife raggedly cutting through a piece of paper
See Attached.
 - action pic of sharpening
See Attached.
 - pic of the sharp knife having cut halfway through a piece of paper
See Attached.
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Trusty pocket knife! It won't even cut a paper towel.
Trusty pocket knife! It won't even cut a paper towel.
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Plan is to use a whetstone, both sides to get a knifesharp edge.
Plan is to use a whetstone, both sides to get a knifesharp edge.
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Bubbles
Bubbles
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Nice and easy
Nice and easy
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Flip and slip
Flip and slip
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Okay okay okay, maybe I thought paper towels would be easy to cut but now I'm looking foolish. GET THE PAPER!
Okay okay okay, maybe I thought paper towels would be easy to cut but now I'm looking foolish. GET THE PAPER!
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Sharp!
Sharp!
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Hey PEP-folks,
My trusty SOG pocketknife was dull. Sad.
I have previously sent them back to SOG for sharpening, and they always did a good job, until one time they took the knife I'd had since high school and sent back a (sharp) replacement. I wanted them to sharpen it, not steal it. Sad.
Over the weekend I installed a solar water heater (documented in a separate post), and the SOG was so sad it would not cut the foam for the pipes (fig 1). Very sad.
So out came the whetstone and the water and the courage (just regular intangible courage, nothing liquid), and I sharpened the SOG myself. (fig 2, 3, and yes, fig 3 was shot this AM because I hadn't taken an action shot while actually sharpening the knife because both hands were busy).
Behold, a papercut of the best kind in fig 4. Now the pipe insulation foam is no match for my knife (fig 5), which is an admittedly low bar, but was the presenting problem.
Happy homesteading,
Mark
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Dull pocketjnife
Dull pocketjnife
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Attempting my first BB.

I did take a whole time-lapse of me sharpening the knife but I cannot upload videos here, so let me outline what I have been doing:

- I soak the whetstone for 30 minutes
- I let constant water dripping on the whetstone while sharpening
- I hold the knife at a consistent angle while gliding over the whetstone.
- making sure that I always move away from the blade
- applying 5 levels of pressure with my finger while gliding
- doing first a few strokes at level 5 (the strongest)
- working my way down each level giving less and less pressure
- level 1 being just letting the knife's own weight do the work
- checking knife's sharpness by carefully gliding my thumb over the blade with no pressure. If I feel soft resistance I know the knife is sharp
- then I switch to the other side of my stone which has a much finer grit in order to hone it
- applying level 3 pressure again, working my way down to level 1
- inspect knife's sharpness once more
- drying the knife

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Soaking the Japanese whetstone
Soaking the Japanese whetstone
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My knife before sharpening
My knife before sharpening
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Action shot from a time-lapse I took
Action shot from a time-lapse I took
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Proof of paper cut
Proof of paper cut
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Sharpened this knife with a wet sharpening stone.  I need to practice this.
I'm only used to sharpening shovels with a file.
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Several knives in our junk drawer. The other day we needed a knife but the usual one was upstairs and all the knives in the junk drawer were dull. So…

(also honed, but got pictures just of sharpening with whetstone...kinda hard to hold a camera, a hone, and a knife)

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Didn’t even cut paper
Didn’t even cut paper
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sharpening
sharpening
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more sharpening
more sharpening
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slice!
slice!
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Here's me sharpening my little Gerber ultra light pocket knife for this BB.



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Note: I certify this BB complete. Great video

 
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