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Re: Today at the farmers fare i got over 20 knives. 1 year 2 months ago #11769

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PhilipPasteur wrote:
Agreed!

I still say for volume, get a belt grinder and a good selection of belts. NOT because it does as good a job as the WEPS, but it does a very good job (if the operator does their part) and it is very, very fast.

Phil would you mind throwing out a couple names for belt grinders? PM me if that would be more comfortable? I now believe I went in to this thing backwards? However I Love my WEPS I truly find a zen moment using it! I would not trade it for a belt grinder, just an addition.
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Re: Today at the farmers fare i got over 20 knives. 1 year 2 months ago #11770

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Sent a PM...
Please send me an email message and we can discuss.
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Re: Today at the farmers fare i got over 20 knives. 1 year 2 months ago #11771

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PhilipPasteur wrote:
Agreed!
With a few small caveats...

I still say for volume, get a belt grinder and a good selection of belts. NOT because it does as good a job as the WEPS, but it does a very good job (if the operator does their part) and it is very, very fast.

I get reactions along the lines of... "my knives have never been this sharp"...

I like the idea that I can also offer more. If someone wants a mirror polish and sub-micron edge refinement, I will give it to them. But, they will pay more than $8.00 for it.. much more.

I also like the idea of being able to work with regular customers to develop an edge that will suit their needs better than the "mass produced" one. Again, more time = more money though.

These last two are where the WEPS really shines...:cheer:
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I AGREE ALSO

i use a belt grinder on many knives i bring home - especially for restaurant knives.

at fair, no electricity supplied.......but if needed, it can be used for additional amount.
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Re: Today at the farmers fare i got over 20 knives. 1 year 2 months ago #11775

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I don't agree... and to me, that's the point of this thread. The WE is more than capable of sharpening a knife in just a couple of minutes, if you follow the points of how it's done. You can reserve your belt grinder for really major work, or for work that really can't be done on the WE.

There seems to be a tendency, beyond this thread (or even this forum), that WE users feel like (seems like?) they have to take an inordinate amount of time to get a knife sharp, they have to use every stone in their setup, and that every knife has to be hair whittling sharp, with mirror edges, etc.. There's a time and place (and charge if you're headed that direction) for this, but what's being overlooked is the speed capablilites that the WE offers.

Hope that makes sense. :)
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Re: Today at the farmers fare i got over 20 knives. 1 year 2 months ago #11776

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cbwx34 wrote:
I don't agree... and to me, that's the point of this thread. The WE is more than capable of sharpening a knife in just a couple of minutes, if you follow the points of how it's done. You can reserve your belt grinder for really major work, or for work that really can't be done on the WE.

There seems to be a tendency, beyond this thread (or even this forum), that WE users feel like (seems like?) they have to take an inordinate amount of time to get a knife sharp, they have to use every stone in their setup, and that every knife has to be hair whittling sharp, with mirror edges, etc.. There's a time and place (and charge if you're headed that direction) for this, but what's being overlooked is the speed capablilites that the WE offers.

Hope that makes sense. :)
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The WE is more than capable of sharpening a knife in just a couple of minutes, if you follow the points of how it's done.....HERE is where i seem to struggle.

i need to be much faster - not looking to polish - knives are as most know - very sharp for consumers past 800/1000 diamonds - on many knives, i stop at 600 and use my ceramics. yesterday i bought some new ones from clay - the 1200/1600 to use after the 600 - many months ago they were out of stock and i ended up with the coarse/fine ones.
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but what's being overlooked is the speed capablilites that the WE offers....I WILL AGREE it does pretty good once i get a burr, but many knives i have encounted, this is a slow step for me - the new 50/80's have helped....(not used 50's yet).
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at the fare, people are just amazed at the WE and the paddles moving up and down and in and out, some just stare and watch and comment........the whole foods inside fathers day gig is attracting many customers already signed up on facebook (WF is limited each to 3 knives) - i am very interested on how the inside thing will be - sounds pretty kewl right now.

stand by for more - see ya
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Re: Today at the farmers fare i got over 20 knives. 1 year 2 months ago #11784

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I can agree that raising the burr and reprofiling are by far the most time consuming portions, especially on knives that have really seen better days and haven't been sharp for a long, long time... I think in my case I tend to want to err on the acute side angle wise, and should just match the existing angles to speed up the process, raise a quick burr and polish it out to 600 or so. Oddly enough, 600 and a few whacks on the 5um leather does REALLY well for a general purpose edge. I've been playing with 600+strop a lot lately and rarely go beyond 1000 grit except for special requests.
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Re: Today at the farmers fare i got over 20 knives. 1 year 2 months ago #11785

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cbwx34 wrote:
I don't agree... and to me, that's the point of this thread. The WE is more than capable of sharpening a knife in just a couple of minutes, if you follow the points of how it's done. You can reserve your belt grinder for really major work, or for work that really can't be done on the WE.

There seems to be a tendency, beyond this thread (or even this forum), that WE users feel like (seems like?) they have to take an inordinate amount of time to get a knife sharp, they have to use every stone in their setup, and that every knife has to be hair whittling sharp, with mirror edges, etc.. There's a time and place (and charge if you're headed that direction) for this, but what's being overlooked is the speed capablilites that the WE offers.

Hope that makes sense. :)

Since I started watching this forum and then a WE owner really precision is what I was taught. To my knowledge no one has emphasized going quick with the WE? I am now trying to break that trend for myself. I never really thought of the We as a speed machine, more of a precision type instrument.
It makes sense to stop at 600 and strop? I do it hand sharpening just never on the WE? I'm glad we are talking about it! It does make sense!
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Re: Today at the farmers fare i got over 20 knives. 1 year 2 months ago #11787

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It definitely is a mindset.
Curtis is obviously making ...or trying to make the point that the WEPS *CAN* be used as a production sharpening machine. I believe that, with the proper operator and the ability to make production type decisions about time spent versus results it can be just that.

My responses are based on my mindset. So far I have not gotten to the place where I can take a knife off of the WEPS vice without lamenting over the fact that it could have been better.

My failing, admittedly. BUT as per what Curtis says (and all that I read), it is not mine alone!

OTH.. there are systems that will make things faster. Of that I can assure you. It depends on how one wants to deal with compromises..

I will never give up my WEPS...as long as I can still sharpen blades.
Keep that in mind while reading my response.

A craftsman that still wants to eat, will have the proper tool in his box for each situation!:cheer:
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Re: Today at the farmers fare i got over 20 knives. 1 year 2 months ago #11845

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I was the same way with the WE. Everything has to be perfect all the time! My knives are still perfect and the ones I do for family or friends are perfect or the ones who want to pay for it can have it perfect. Sharpening for the public is different. Now it takes 1 to 2 minutes to set up the blade to sharpen and 5 to 8 to sharpen the rest of the way which is 10 minutes per blade for the general sharpening and prices go up from there. But sharpening at the farmers market I am charging $5 each for up to a 6" knife with a decent edge that does not require re profiling and more for longer blades. I have also gotten to where you know whether it is in the top or bottom slots, then you just eyeball the fwd and aft measurement quickly to where you want the blade, the other thing is with the angle cube to get it within +/- 1 degree of your desired angle. So a 20 degree could be at 19 to 21 degrees and it does not matter if one side is 19 and the other is 20. The angle depends on how crummy the blades are if it is a junky blade it may be 30 degrees on each side. I do not want to spent 10 min just resetting the single bevel at 20 degrees when I can make it more obtuse at 25 or 30 degrees per side. Next are the grits, I start with the 80 usually to get a even working edge then work up to 600 then hit it with 10 strokes each side of the coarse ceramic the 10 each of the fine ceramic, 10 strokes of the 1 micron strop then 10 of the 0.5 micron strop. I am sharpening to make a profit and not to make it a perfect mirror polished hair popping edge. This process I use is similar to what Clay mentioned and it turns out a knife sharper than any of them have ever had on a knife. I do offer to do the whole works on the knives if they want to pay for that service and I do those at home normally or if it is slow I can do it there. this edge will still cut copy paper and phone book paper. Maybe not turning out a "perfect" edge will save you time.
Best of luck
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Re: Today at the farmers fare i got over 20 knives. 1 year 2 months ago #11859

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i more or less set up and do as jed does, but tommorrow on some knives i will try what clay suggested and start out at 400 - maybe a few at 200.
here is a shade over 6 min. vid i did for practice tonight for sat.
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