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TOPIC: The Straw Mod

Re: The Straw Mod 1 year 11 months ago #4378

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I have to revise my strategy. Spent the entire day yesterday sharpening and realized that the resistance of the tight fitting straws was slowing me down. With a constant grip the sharpening became easier and faster without compromising a mirror edge.

No pictures though because I've been too busy with the WE to figure out the lighting to take good macro pics...maybe when the novelty wears off..

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My solution would be... don't use them! Even if there is a bit of play between the holder and the rod, as evidenced by the numerous videos, posts, and microscope pictures, it doesn't hinder getting knives sharp. If you're finding it a problem, just try adjusting your grip slightly.

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Re: The Straw Mod 1 year 11 months ago #4382

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Martin,
I put some dry graphite on the straws. This reduced the added friction to where it is not objectionable (hardly notice it). I tried several other lubricants but they did not work well. Any of the liquids would either dry out too fast or capture filings and other contaminants and gum up.

At first I tried to sharpen as fast as some of the videos I have seen show it. I found that slower deliberate strokes give me better results. Of course, when I am sharpening with the WEPS, it is for recreation and the pusuit of perfection, and I don't mind the extra time. If I want a sharp knife fast, I spend 5 minutes with the belt grinder :)

Phil

MartinSinger wrote:
I have to revise my strategy. Spent the entire day yesterday sharpening and realized that the resistance of the tight fitting straws was slowing me down. With a constant grip the sharpening became easier and faster without compromising a mirror edge.

No pictures though because I've been too busy with the WE to figure out the lighting to take good macro pics...maybe when the novelty wears off..

cbwx34 wrote:
My solution would be... don't use them! Even if there is a bit of play between the holder and the rod, as evidenced by the numerous videos, posts, and microscope pictures, it doesn't hinder getting knives sharp. If you're finding it a problem, just try adjusting your grip slightly.

cbw
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Re: The Straw Mod 1 year 11 months ago #4384

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Phil,
Great advice I have some in one of my gun cleaning tool boxes. I'll try it tomorrow. I'm not interested in fast as much as easier on my shoulder injuries. The WE is unintentially great physical therapy plus it is a lot of fun..oh and I'm making my and my friends & family's knives Wicked sharp.

Thank you,
Marty

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Martin,
I put some dry graphite on the straws. This reduced the added friction to where it is not objectionable (hardly notice it). I tried several other lubricants but they did not work well. Any of the liquids would either dry out too fast or capture filings and other contaminants and gum up.

At first I tried to sharpen as fast as some of the videos I have seen show it. I found that slower deliberate strokes give me better results. Of course, when I am sharpening with the WEPS, it is for recreation and the pusuit of perfection, and I don't mind the extra time. If I want a sharp knife fast, I spend 5 minutes with the belt grinder :)

Phil

MartinSinger wrote:
I have to revise my strategy. Spent the entire day yesterday sharpening and realized that the resistance of the tight fitting straws was slowing me down. With a constant grip the sharpening became easier and faster without compromising a mirror edge.

No pictures though because I've been too busy with the WE to figure out the lighting to take good macro pics...maybe when the novelty wears off..

cbwx34 wrote:
My solution would be... don't use them! Even if there is a bit of play between the holder and the rod, as evidenced by the numerous videos, posts, and microscope pictures, it doesn't hinder getting knives sharp. If you're finding it a problem, just try adjusting your grip slightly.

cbw
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