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TOPIC: Silly fun comparing WEPS w/ local pro sharpeners

Silly fun comparing WEPS w/ local pro sharpeners 2 years 1 week ago #5424

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I was really bored this week so I decided to have some fun comparing a knife blade sharpened with the WEPS system vs local professional sharpening services here in San Diego, California. There are several of these services that have a booth outside of health food stores on various days of the week.

I used this old cheap beatup Winchester knife:


All of the following photos are at 400x on the Veho microscope.

First, I sharpened it with my WEPS at 20 degrees (up to 1000 diamond) and then put a microbevel on it at 25 degrees:


Then I distroyed the edge with a 100 diamond stone and took it to the first professional sharpener who spent about 60 seconds on his belts. He charged me $2 and here's his result:



Then I distroyed his edge and took the knife to another professional sharpener the following day. He also only spent about 60 seconds on his belts, also charged me $2, and his result is even worse than the first one. It even left an obvious bur on one side of the blade:



Below are before and after photos of the point of the knife:

First the knife point after my sharpening with the WEPS:


And now the knife point after the first sharpener ruined it:


I know this was a silly experiment but I was curious.
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Re: Silly fun comparing WEPS w/ local pro sharpeners 2 years 1 week ago #5425

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Not silly at all! It just proves that the WEPS is ready and able to act as a professional sharpening machine...a little slower but with amazing results.
Well done!

Leo
Never go anywhere without your knife!
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Leo James Mitchell
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Re: Silly fun comparing WEPS w/ local pro sharpeners 2 years 1 week ago #5426

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Hey HM,

Great shots!

I preach this exact subject all the time (hand vs. belt). It is amazing the friction you get from people on this subject.
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Re: Silly fun comparing WEPS w/ local pro sharpeners 2 years 1 week ago #5432

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Well done holymolar, two dollars "not" well spent.

Would be an eyeopener for many customers if they could see this.

Thanks.
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Re: Silly fun comparing WEPS w/ local pro sharpeners 2 years 1 week ago #5437

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Great idea, holymolar, and may I add, your initial edge looks awesome! :woohoo: I like how you changed direction for the microbevel.

Did you by chance notice what belt or belts they used to sharpen? Did they make any effort to remove the burr?

Great post... not silly at all! :P
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Re: Silly fun comparing WEPS w/ local pro sharpeners 2 years 1 week ago #5445

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Great idea, HM and incredibly sad results! Do you live in the country that still has capital punishment? ;)

On a positive note: some time ago a "professional" sharpener managed to ruin a nice (EUR 100 +) knife I owned. The edge was black when it came off of his 200 grit belt sander, which completely ruined the heat treatment. I still own the knife:



Below you can see the knife compared to a similar one I sharpened myself on the Wicked Edge:



This "professional" sharpener has retired by now, which is a good thing for everyone.

The positive note is that this got me into sharpening my own knives :) .
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