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Old 08-07-2008, 07:49 AM   #21
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Being frustrated by dull knives and other cutting tools, and unable to find anything that worked well, years ago I bought a Tormek Super Grind. SharpToolsUSA - Tormek. Kind of pricey at $600+ then, but it sharpens knives and just about anything else literally razor sharp. It's a wet wheel turning in a trough of water and the other side has a leather wheel wetted with mineral oil and fine grinding paste.

Forget shaving the hair off your arm. The knife is sharp when you can shave layers off your fingernail.
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So, any better/easier way? I am not thrilled with our collection of crappy dull knives.
Let's turn the problem around-- maybe you're trying to cut tough objects. If you don't do that anymore then you wouldn't need to sharpen the knives.

As for the thinly-sliced meats used in stir-fry... we order Chinese or Korean take-out.

Our knives aren't used for much more than a piece of steak or a roast turkey-- or a tomato. One of them is from my mother's kitchen and must be 50 years old by now, and our set of steak knives was a wedding present over 22 years ago.

We wash them all in the dishwasher, too.

Unless it's really really entertaining, perhaps the amount of time required to sharpen them is greater than the cost of buying a few new knives.
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spydercos makes a foolproof system linked in dex's post. i have it and its great. very versatile as well.


As far as shaving with a knife as a badge of honor...that WAS my gold standard before really getting into knives. Now the blade must 'pop' the hairs up an inch or 2 for me to be satisfied
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We heard a bell ringing in front of our house a couple of months ago and half an hour later six of our knives were honed to a scary level of sharpicity for $10 by this gentleman (that's my slicer he's working on now):

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You can sharpen knives by using the edge of an old pottery bowl.... It works for me.
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Being frustrated by dull knives and other cutting tools, and unable to find anything that worked well, years ago I bought a Tormek Super Grind. SharpToolsUSA - Tormek. Kind of pricey at $600+
I love the juxtaposition of these sequential posts. From broken pottery to a $600 sharpener. And I'd bet the pottery bowl works quite well, as long as you get the proper angles to get that double bevel. I've even used the cement floor to put an edge on a dull razor knife - not the best but it was sharper than it was before.

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PS - the 'scissors man' used to come around my great-aunts old neighborhood in Chicago when I was a kid. I figured they were history by now. nice pic
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We used to have a guy who put a bin in the neighborhood hardware store- people would drop their knives, saw blades, hatchets, scissors, etc in to be sharpened, and then leave a check when they picked them up. It worked great for many years until a national chain took over the hardware store. The bin disappeared one day , along with all the sharpened inventory. No one knows where the guy went. I only lost a 10" x 60t carbide saw blade; not sure what everyone else lost.
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We use one of these. It works well for us, when we remember to use it.
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i have this one and it does the job, no studying required...

Amazon.com: Wusthof 2 Stage Knife Sharpener: Home & Garden
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ERD, where do you live? I am bringing my knives for a visit.
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ERD, where do you live? I am bringing my knives for a visit.
Considering some of the heated liberal vs libertarian posts we've exchanged from time-to-time, I'm not sure how to take that

But if you're headed to Chicago, I wouldn't be far out of your way. It's kinda fun to turn an old dull knife into something that will slice a tomato smoothly. So bring 'em on!

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Considering some of the heated liberal vs libertarian posts we've exchanged from time-to-time, I'm not sure how to take that

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Really though, I am jealous of you sharpening abilities.
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It's kinda fun to turn an old dull knife into something that will slice a tomato smoothly.
Saw an engine block in half, and still slice a tomato paper thin...
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I think Nords' solution is the funniest (tho' the least frugal):
Outsource all food slicing by ordering takeout!!

I think you could extrapolate this to avoid all food-prep related purchases entirely. You could even turn your kitchen into a spare bedroom that you rent out. It could be like a NYC SRO, with just a common mini-fridge and a microwave to store and reheat your leftover takeout. Who needs dishes and a sink when you have that free styrofoam?

I'm only slightly joking here (imagining the $$$ luxury kitchens that get installed by people who hardly use them). YMMV.

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to slice meat really thin.. freeze it for a while first
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