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Nutty technique for determining relative sharpness 2 years 11 months ago #501

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Nuts. Specifically, peanuts. One/half peanut, to be exact.

So, here's the plan.
Materials you'll need:

A 1/4 in. grid mat, just like they sell in the fabric and sewing stores,
Peanuts-- shelled and unsalted,
Several small squares of balsa (not too thick), sized same as the grids on the mat you use,
2 oz. George Dickel Bourbon
Ice
Heavy bottom glass

Proposed Method:

Step 1.
Drop ice into glass
Pour George Dickel over ice
Estimate 2 oz., then pour extra because you know you're pathetic at estimation....
Sip...
Sip...
Sip...

Okay, now we're ready.

Step 2.
Place balsa square on grid mat, centered and aligned;
Place unsalted peanut on balsa, flat side down, aligned lengthwise with balsa grain;
Rotate you or the mat 90° so the cut is across the peanut and across the balsa grain;
Sip to steel your nerves;
Apply pressure slowly with knife edge to the high point of the curved peanut surface;
Measure the distance to the farthest piece.
Sip to relax your nerves;
Sip...
Sip...
Repeat sequence at Step 1 with next knife.

Conclusion Theory:
You will be able to see which knife is sharpest by how small the distance is a peanut piece travels,
or
You'll be able to tell how much Goerge Dickel you've had by how far a peanut piece travels.

If you guys have a better method, feel free. But I'm not sure there's a better method than Geoge Dickel...:)
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Re: Nutty technique for determining relative sharpness 2 years 11 months ago #502

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Makers Mark might make a good substitute if you run out of George Dickel
Lucky
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Re: Nutty technique for determining relative sharpness 2 years 11 months ago #503

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Really, for us much older, more delicate gentlemen, a more sophisticated elixir like Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch would be preferable, while puffing on a Mpntecristo cigar. In the background some Bach organ music like the Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Ah perfection.

Leo
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Re: Nutty technique for determining relative sharpness 2 years 11 months ago #510

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leomitch wrote:
Really, for us much older, more delicate gentlemen, a more sophisticated elixir like Lagavulin Single Malt Scotch would be preferable, while puffing on a Mpntecristo cigar. In the background some Bach organ music like the Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Ah perfection.

Leo

Great Leo! Bach organ music is great for the sharpening process! Lagavulin 16 year makes for a truly wicked edge! If you don't have any Lagavulin, Laphroaig cask strength is a good substitute. I've got both and I rotate them, just in case. :lol: I've given up on cigars, though. Wife and kids hate them, so I just buy more scotch instead.
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Re: Nutty technique for determining relative sharpness 2 years 11 months ago #511

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Doug
It is so good to hear that another person around here likes Lagavulin...yes 16 year old is perfect, but I wouldn't hesitate to sip on some Laphroig when the occasion arises. It is not quite as refined a taste as the Lag, but it is still excellent when one wants the peatiness of Islay. Mustn't drink very much though when you are sharpening or bad things can happen! LOL!
Warm regards mate
Leo
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Re: Nutty technique for determining relative sharpness 2 years 11 months ago #513

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I rather fancy a nice bottle of Margaux... This way the sharpening improves as the wine begins to come to life B)
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Re: Nutty technique for determining relative sharpness 2 years 11 months ago #576

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jendeindustries wrote:
I rather fancy a nice bottle of Margaux... This way the sharpening improves as the wine begins to come to life B)

See how weird I am Tom...my taste in Scotch runs at near 100 dollars a bottle, but when it comes to wines my palate isn't so demanding...a $15 bottle of Australian Yellowtail Shiraz is more to my taste. Red wine every time, since white wines don't appeal for me, with the exception of Gray Monk Pinot Grise from British Columbia. :cheer:

Leo
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