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Securing flexible blades - alternative idea... 1 year 3 months ago #11378

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So, I was sharpening a long fairly flexible carving style knife...

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... as you can see, I clamped it so the majority of the blade was behind the clamp. Initially, I was "holding" the handle by bracing it with my body, then got to thinking, and came up with this...

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... just took some string and a couple of clamps and secured the handle.

Worked great! The string didn't even have to be that tight, and it held the knife so that side to side movement wasn't an issue. Didn't get in the way at all either... after a few minutes, didn't even think about it.

I actually think there may be a better idea hidden in this one, so thought I'd throw it out here for some input. Or at least give you something to try if you need to. Turned out to be a simple solution that got the job done. :cheer:
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Re: Securing flexible blades - alternative idea... 1 year 3 months ago #11380

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Nice Curtis!

I'll have to give that a try.

Fixed rods seem like they'd work more effectively but they wouldn't be as accommodating.

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Re: Securing flexible blades - alternative idea... 1 year 3 months ago #11383

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Great idea, Curtis! I'm definitely gonna try it.
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Re: Securing flexible blades - alternative idea... 1 year 3 months ago #11389

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Great idea!

An add-on suggestion: drill a hole in the end of the rod and insert a split ring as a tie off point (vice using the clips).
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Re: Securing flexible blades - alternative idea... 1 year 3 months ago #11396

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Interesting! Can you create some video? ;)
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Re: Securing flexible blades - alternative idea... 1 year 3 months ago #11397

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LukasPop wrote:
Interesting! Can you create some video? ;)

I can barely take a picture :lol: It's pretty easy and cheap to setup... I'm hoping for some testing and feedback/improvements. :)
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Re: Securing flexible blades - alternative idea... 1 year 3 months ago #11409

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Interesting you bring this up? I was going to start a thread asking what you guys do when you have a long Bowie type knife? A friend brought over a long and very heavy antler type handle. It kept wanting to slide down? I braced it with a storage
bin and towel, but I'm sure someone has a better idea?
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Re: Securing flexible blades - alternative idea... 1 year 3 months ago #11412

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cbwx34 wrote:
So, I was sharpening a long fairly flexible carving style knife...



... as you can see, I clamped it so the majority of the blade was behind the clamp. Initially, I was "holding" the handle by bracing it with my body, then got to thinking, and came up with this...



... just took some string and a couple of clamps and secured the handle.

Worked great! The string didn't even have to be that tight, and it held the knife so that side to side movement wasn't an issue. Didn't get in the way at all either... after a few minutes, didn't even think about it.

I actually think there may be a better idea hidden in this one, so thought I'd throw it out here for some input. Or at least give you something to try if you need to. Turned out to be a simple solution that got the job done. :cheer:

You have enough reach on the stones to get to the hilt (handle end) of the blade?
It just looks like a reach..
I like those levers you put on the set screws for the arms on the base rod... slick idea!
Phil

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Re: Securing flexible blades - alternative idea... 1 year 3 months ago #11413

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PhilipPasteur wrote:
I like those levers you put on the set screws for the arms on the base rod... slick idea!

I didn't notice that. But now I look at it, it looks like a good idea. Do you have a close-up picture of that, Curtis?
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Re: Securing flexible blades - alternative idea... 1 year 3 months ago #11417

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cbwx34 wrote:
LukasPop wrote:
Interesting! Can you create some video? ;)
I can barely take a picture :lol:

Maybe if you used a real camera... and not something that starts with "I"...

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