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Re: Me and my story! Let's get to know each other! 2 years 1 month ago #3309

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mark76 wrote:
And no, not a clue where Peppersass comes from. (And I did google it.)
I guess no one figured it out!

Peppersass is the name of one of the engines that hauls the Cog Railway train up the slopes of Mount Washington in New Hampshire, which is the highest mountain in the Northeastern United States (6,288 ft.)

It's a very steep and rugged mountain, so the Cog Railway is something of a marvel to behold as it labors its way up the track, using a special sprocket (cog) mechanism to keep the train from sliding backwards.

My avatar is a picture of the original Peppersass, the very first engine on the Cog Railway. I believe there have been several successors with the same name. Today's Peppersass may very well run on diesel fuel with pollution controls. For many years, the engines were fired with coal and spewed thick, black smoke all over one of the worlds most beautiful mountain vistas.

I must say that I've never ridden the Cog Railway, nor have I driven up the Mount Washington Auto Road on the other side of the mountain. But I have climbed the darned thing about a dozen times over the past 40 years. It's a major 4-hour workout and you really feel it the next day!
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Re: Me and my story! Let's get to know each other! 2 years 1 week ago #3932

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Hi All,

I've made a couple random posts while waiting on my new to me WEPS to arrive. Well, it came today so thought I'd officially say hi.

History: I've been sharpening knives freehand for 40+ years and I do fine with it. They get sharp enough but never can quite keep that perfectly consistent angle so most edges are somewhat convex. Not a problem but, well, y'all know....

Anyway, for the last 10+ years mostly I've been finishing edges on a Sharpmaker. It's fast, easy and does a pretty good job on the edge but reprofiles are still a freehand experience, these days on DMTs.

But in the last year I've been following the threads on WEPS and EP and trying to figure out which, if either would fit my needs best. What I saw as competing criteria is the WEPS allows you to replicate the same angle, time after time where the EP supports somewhat lower angles, which I prefer. Ultimately I thought I'd prefer the WEPS.

So I wound up trading three knives I never used for a one week old WEPS 100-1600 system. The finest stones were still back ordered, so while I waited I read here and watched some videos so I kinda knew what to do by the time it arrived. Of course, until you try something, you just don't know what you don't know, eh?

So today, I unpacked it, set it up and put a Spyderco Salt in it. Went okay but I had some trouble clamping it. And the knife is kinda small so I wasn't getting much action on the stones. Decided maybe a better knife to start with would be my Fosters Bros 8" kitchen knife. I was right. Much easier knife to start with. Ran it through 100, 200, 400, 600, 800 & 1000. I thought it came out very well for my first go and I noticed my motion getting smoother as I went.

Next I ran my Manx 2 CPM-M4 through the same progression. For both knives I had the arms set as close to the vice as they'll go. This leaves the bevels unequal. Obviously it was much more pronounced on the thicker blade of the Manx (and I understand why), but I'll give that up for the thinner edge. And they both got nice and sharp. Looking forward to the new arms that allow for even thinner edges.

Just used the Foster to slice up a cabbage for dinner and did some paper tests with the Manix. Very nice. I'm going to wait for the finer stones to arrive but I'm guessing I'm going to want something even finer and a strop set in the not too distant future. Does it make sense to go from the 1600 stones to strops? Or should I do something in between?

Anyway, that's my story (so far) As I learn the ins and out of this thing I may have more questions but any pointers are of course welcome.

Ken

And Peppersass, I lived in Concord for several years on my slow journey back to Ohio. My folks rode the cog once when they came to visit. I never did, but I did drive the road up once. Quite a test for the brakes coming down. Still beats hiking it in my book, but glad you enjoy the workout...
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Re: Me and my story! Let's get to know each other! 2 years 1 week ago #3933

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Hi Ken
And here is an official welcome to the WEPS crew! It will be good to see how a sharpening veteren who has tried many methods, responds to the WEPS as he goe on. Welcome aboard mate!

Cheers
Leo
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Re: Me and my story! Let's get to know each other! 2 years 1 week ago #3934

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Welcome Ken and thanks for joining the forum and telling your story. I hope you get years and years of enjoyment from your Wicked Edge. I think I can comment on a couple of your observations:
  1. The Spyderco knives are FFG and taper directly from the spine to the bevel with no parallel faces and so clamping them well means you need to know a little trick. Please check out this link: Clamping Fully Flat Ground Blades for the technique which will allow you to get a good, vertical clamp on the blades and give you even bevels (You would normally only need to do an offset on the right side for blades closer to 4mm thick and above. As long as you're <= 4mm, you should be within a few decimals of a degree for each side, the exact spot being at 3mm thick.)
  2. Going from the 1600# Ceramic stones to the strops is a perfect jump, one that I do all the time. You'll see an immediate improvement in the edge as soon as you put the strops on.
  3. If the system is only a week old, the diamond stones are definitely not broken in yet and your edges are not nearly as refined as they're going to get, so have confidence that they'll keep getting better and better, the more you use your system. For now, spend extra time with the ceramic stones to clean up the edge before stropping.
  4. Always clean the blade well before using the ceramics and especially before using the strops. Also clean it well between each of the grits of strops.
  5. Keep you strops clean by storing them in the bags they came in and be careful to always put like side to like side to avoid cross contamination.

I hope these tips are helpful. Good luck with your journey and feel free to reach out any time w/ questions.

--Clay
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Re: Me and my story! Let's get to know each other! 2 years 1 week ago #3935

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leomitch wrote:
And here is an official welcome to the WEPS crew! It will be good to see how a sharpening veteren who has tried many methods, responds to the WEPS as he goe on. Welcome aboard mate!

Thanks Leo. It will be an interesting journey.
wickededge wrote:
  1. The Spyderco knives are FFG and taper directly from the spine to the bevel with no parallel faces and so clamping them well means you need to know a little trick. Please check out this link:

The distall taper. Yes, I've read some about working with that. Thanks for the link!
wickededge wrote:
  • Going from the 1600# Ceramic stones to the strops is a perfect jump, one that I do all the time. You'll see an immediate improvement in the edge as soon as you put the strops on.
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    Cool. Definitely will get them
    wickededge wrote:
  • If the system is only a week old, the diamond stones are definitely not broken in yet and your edges are not nearly as refined as they're going to get, so have confidence that they'll keep getting better and better, the more you use your system. For now, spend extra time with the ceramic stones to clean up the edge before stropping.
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    Read that as well. Looking forward to hem breaking in.
    wickededge wrote:
  • Always clean the blade well before using the ceramics and especially before using the strops. Also clean it well between each of the grits of strops.
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    That makes sense!
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  • Keep you strops clean by storing them in the bags they came in and be careful to always put like side to like side to avoid cross contamination.

  • I was thinking small zip lock?

    Cheers

    Ken
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    Re: Me and my story! Let's get to know each other! 2 years 1 week ago #3936

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    Ken, a small ziplock would work great. I like to keep a pair in one bag. I always put the "Fine" side in, facing each other, then use a rubber band to keep them in place. That way, any paste that gets on the bag only has a chance of getting on the coarse side, which is where it belongs.
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