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  1. bcycler

    Question and advice : Whetstones and Ceramic Honing Steel

    Well, it's been years since I chimed in and at that time I was asking much the same, questions about good knives and sharpening. I bought a few stones and got to the point of at least getting knives passable sharp including a reasonable Henckles but never as sharp as they should be. I couldn't...
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    Very Basic Sharpening Set Request

    I haven't made the purchase yet, as a significant auto repair came up. I did get the magnets for the new rack but don't have all the bits and pieces to put it together yet. As I wait for this to come together I do want to say thanks for all the advice. Regardless of not having bought a new...
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    Very Basic Sharpening Set Request

    Thanks BDL, big cutting boards would be great but it's going to take a re-work of the kitchen to get enough counter space to house good sized boards. I hope to do a gut and rebuild this year but as everyone knows the kitchen is the most expensive room in the house, let alone the disruption of...
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    Very Basic Sharpening Set Request

    I haven't looked at the edge pro seriously though I have heard it mentioned. Of the money I've spent so far I expect the diamond stones to be very useful for tools if only marginally useful for knife sharpening, so that only leaves the one combination waterstone I bought recently (about $35)...
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    Very Basic Sharpening Set Request

    I appreciate the comments as I have read some reviews with comments about chipping (including the Mac Pro) and was starting to get a little paranoid.   
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    Very Basic Sharpening Set Request

    Good advice ChrisLehrer!  The odds are I wouldn't hate the Tojiro though. My experience has been that to hate something it has to be a peice of junk, or it had to be compared to something much better, bearing in mind that better might only mean personal preference. There is a certain amount of...
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    what is the worst thing a server can do to make you mad?

    The worst thing a server can do? Why, fail to boot of course! But that would be because I spend part of my time working for the IT department
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    Very Basic Sharpening Set Request

    About the joy in owning items that work right, somewhere along the way, or in another topic I've posted we recently bought a Samsung electric range that has a convection oven. There are times when I do minimize the value of equipment, boy have I ever been wrong. We fixed a small turkey tonight...
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    Very Basic Sharpening Set Request

    BDL, It may seem like I'm making the suggestions but I've tracked your comments (and others) across so many continents that I feel like Philias Fogg. I've reduced them down into what I thought were the best sauces and tried to judge from there. I am not and never will be a food industry...
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    Very Basic Sharpening Set Request

    Lol, that was after cleaning with a scotch brite! When I went looking for the Idahone I saw the eraser and plan on getting one though I've temporarily suspended the knife purchase due to information overload. I'm sure there are a dozen knives that I could buy and be happy with but sometimes...
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    Learn to sharpen myself, or have a pro do it

    A couple of notes from another newbie's perspective. I bought fine and very fine diamond whetstones and a 1000/6000 grit combination waterstone. I've been happy with the fine diamond whetstone for flattening the waterstone but as a sharpening tools the diamond stones feel like bludgeons (in...
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    Very Basic Sharpening Set Request

    Steels, while I do a double take on my knife choices I figure I should review my ability to care for the knives. I have a old ceramic steel with no makings of any kind on, it feels fine grained but probably best to not take the chance and buy the Idahone fine. The other is a JA Henckels...
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    Very Basic Sharpening Set Request

    Going back over this reminded me of another question I wanted to ask, how far do you push a Chefs Knife? By that I mean, I know you don't get near frozen food or real bone, but are they acceptable for cutting up a chicken where the bones are less dense than beef? Are there other chef knives...
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    Very Basic Sharpening Set Request

    Boar_d_laze, I have read many of your reviews, some on other forums and I've yet to encounter an instance where you weren't helpful, insightful and well written, so as many before me have said, thank you for providing the benefits of your experience. I've found what you've written about the...
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    Very Basic Sharpening Set Request

    I pulled out the Henckles last night and took another run at sharpening. I bet that newbies like me provide a constant source of entertainment with all the mistakes we make. I think I figured out that it doesn't make any difference which direction you stroke the knife as long as you do it well...
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    Very Basic Sharpening Set Request

    As I get drawn further into the morass, the urge to get a couple of knives grows. What I don't want to own, at least at this point is something so fragile I'll mess it up or something expensive (that of course being a relative term). I'm looking at the Tojiro DP 210mm Gyuto and 120mm Petty...
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    Pepper Grinder Wanted

    Electric pepper mill, I think that's cheating! If I have to sharpen my knives by hand you should have to take each individual peppercorn and run it across a grater :-}
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