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Re: Me and my story! Let's get to know each other! 2 years 5 months ago #1558

  • DennisHibar
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Thought it was time for my first post. Would you believe that at 60 I have finally been bitten by the blade bug. Started last year when I ran across an old Buck 110 I bought in the 1970s and my Army issued Camillus Mil-K 818. Since then, I have acquired 14 new knives. My favorites are Spydercos ... but also have a couple Kershaws, a Zero Tolerance (0350), a few Cold Steel knives, and a CRKT Drifter (which I think is a great little utility knife for the money). Anyway, after much research, decided to get the WE. It arrived Jan 24th ... but am still anxiously waiting for the back-ordered ceramic stones. Practiced a little on an old Imperial folder I found in a drawer. That thing sharpened up very quickly (not sure what kind of steel it was .... but seeing how quickly I got it scary sharp .... I think I could have easily sharpened it with a nail file!). But it served its purpose, lessening my apprehension about starting out with a good knife. Next it was on to the Buck and the Mil-K. Learned a little with each one. Today, I tried it out on a Cold Steel Rajah III. That one was a son-of-a-gun. Mainly because I had a heck of a time securing it at a perfect 90 degree angle in the vise. Foam tape wasn’t doing the trick. Its spine is thick 1/8” at the handle and tapers to the edge and tip. I resorted to small layered pieces of grippy drawer liner. I was able to get it secured, but still had a variance of a half a degree or so. Still have some work to do on this one and hopefully will learn more before I have to worry about working on my Spydercos. Overall, very impressed with the WE system and extremely pleased that I invested in one.

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Re: Me and my story! Let's get to know each other! 2 years 5 months ago #1559

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Hi Dennis and welcome here mate!
I don't care much for the sticky double-sided tape, rather I use pieces of chamois...I find it fills the voids in the blade geometry better. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts here Dennis.

Best regards :)
Leo
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Re: Me and my story! Let's get to know each other! 2 years 5 months ago #1563

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Thanks Leo. Glad I read everything here on the forum before my WE arrived. Learned so much more than I ever could from the instruction manual. It's virtually impossible for this type of manual to cover every possible situation. For example. Took a little aluminum off the right side of the vice leaning that some narrow blade knives are just too narrow to even use the top holes of the depth gauge and need to be elevated a little higher! As I said, really like the WE system ... unfortunately it just compounds my "too much to do (or want to do) .... too little time" problem. I basically have the Pro system ... minus the base. I wanted a base that was thicker than the 1.25" bases made for the WE. So, I went with a 2 inch bamboo cutting block. So, I am pretty much set until the ceramic and 50/80 stones I ordered come in. Got a msg last night that they are still 4-5 weeks away.

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Re: Me and my story! Let's get to know each other! 2 years 5 months ago #1704

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Hello all!

Just patiently waiting for my WE to ship. I have recently replaced my heavy German SS kitchen knives and replaced them with French and Japanese Carbon steel. Even the factory edges are a big improvement but still looking forward to upgrading them with the WE.

Take Care. & Thanks for all the good insights.
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Re: Me and my story! Let's get to know each other! 2 years 5 months ago #1722

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Re: Me and my story! Let's get to know each other! 2 years 5 months ago #1801

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My name is Mike and I live up in Western Canada, near Calgary.

I'm 37, married and have 4 kids. I make my living flying helicopters up here in Canada, so I always had an interest in knives and bushcraft because it's a necessary skill in case I ever found myself stranded in a remote area.

A few years ago I got bit by the knife bug and started a small collection of knives that I use. Of course the next step was learning how to sharpen them so I picked up a Sharpmaker and learned some. This past Christmas my wife bought me the WEPS... I dropped many a hint I admit.

I'm really enjoying using my Wicked Edge, and I'm having a blast learning how to make my knives scary sharp. I really appreciate all the educational videos Clay has posted on YouTube.


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