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Adding a second dimension to base rod 1 year 4 days ago #12842

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Hello all.

I've owned my WE for over two years, yet, this is my first post. I love my WE and it is the most precise piece of sharpening equipment I own.

However, there are two primary inconveniences the I find (again, this my opinion):

1. Finding the sweet-spot: Yes, I do use the Sharpie method.
2. When sharpening long knives (>8") I find that I need to take the knife out and reset it, in order to accomodate for the length.

So, I was wondering if I might spark any interest (or not) in the following:

At this time the base rod allows the arms to move horizontally. I, personally, feel that somehow allowing the arms to move in a vertical direction as well would be great. Allowing the arms to slide along the base rod in a vertical and horizontal direction, I believe, would eliminate the need to move the knife once it's set, regardless of length or position; of course one could still use quality control methods via the angle cube and Sharpie.

I apologize for not posting a pic or outline (although, I do have one in mind).

Again, just trying to make an already great product better.

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Adding a second dimension to base rod 1 year 4 days ago #12846

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Wow! Such a simple idea? I wonder if it would be affordable to mass produce? Sound like a great idea to me? :)
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Adding a second dimension to base rod 1 year 4 days ago #12859

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It is a good idea and we've been working on something similar, essentially putting the base rod on a sliding platform on a track.
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Adding a second dimension to base rod 1 year 3 days ago #12880

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proezln wrote:
I've owned my WE for over two years, yet, this is my first post.

Welcome to the forum! :) Great idea.

Thought I'd mention on this point...

2. When sharpening long knives (>8") I find that I need to take the knife out and reset it, in order to accomodate for the length.

You shouldn't have to reset an 8" knife. For example, this knife...

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... that I used as an example in this thread on securing flexible knives, the blade is almost 11 in. long, and I was able to sharpen the entire edge without moving the knife.

Feel free to post your ideas on what you have in mind.
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Adding a second dimension to base rod 1 year 3 days ago #12881

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wickededge wrote:
It is a good idea and we've been working on something similar, essentially putting the base rod on a sliding platform on a track.

OMG wow that sounds really cool! I swear I will end up in the poor house with all your new great ideas!!!! :woohoo:
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