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TOPIC: Have I been screwing things up?

Have I been screwing things up? 6 months 2 days ago #16096

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Making mistakes occurs in the learning of any skill. The important thing is to do as you did...be patient, analyze what is happening or not happening , then try again using the new knowledge you gained from your analysis. Bit by bit your skills develop. I have often said that sharpening is a very Zen experience...your mind is open without over-thinking. You use all your senses to feel the edge developing, especially your sense of hearing and touch, almost more than the sense of sight in a way. To me they are very important. Gradually you find you and the WEPS the stones and your knives are all working in concert so the edges you produce are nearly perfection.
The Chinese have an old saying that I love that applies to the development of any skill...Slowly, slowly catches the monkey!
Sorry to wax 'Zenishly' but your thoughtful post got me going. Good stuff Gib! "When you can take the stone from my hand Grasshopper, it will be time to leave." LOL! I loved the Kung Fu series.

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Have I been screwing things up? 6 months 2 days ago #16097

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GibCurry wrote:

.... not screwing things up --

Well, except for the asymmetrical grind and the serrated blade I ruined early on! :S (They were mine & relatively cheap, so it's OK. Sort of..)

My inspection techniques improve as I get better at recognizing what I am seeing. (Is that circular logic?)
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.... experience comes from failure --

I was gaining a lot of experience fast early on! :cheer:
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Have I been screwing things up? 6 months 2 days ago #16098

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Its how we learn it is very difficult to give someone enough instructions to cover every point since what is obvious to one is not for another best lessons learned are as a result of errors.
I would recommend checking with a loupe; ceramic blades produce no burr so you have to use loupe to see that you have reached the edge.
I think you are correct in not wanting to go to a course grit if possible steel is valuable so removing less is good.
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Have I been screwing things up? 6 months 2 days ago #16099

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Why don't you grind off the remaining serrations and make a new edge I have done this on about 4/5 cheap knives I even turned a small serrated Ikea knife into a chisel edged knife .
Grinding off serrations is also good once they start getting too flai.
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Have I been screwing things up? 6 months 2 days ago #16100

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I think from reading many of your thoughtful posts, that you question, learn and progress as per 'catching the proverbial monkey' Gib.It is a good way to learn and your questions are also worthwhile to others who read them. There are many like you here on the forum who contribute well not only by giving answers but also by incisive questioning. As an old teacher it is very satisfying to see. Also keeps the Forum humming. :cheer:

Cheers mate
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Have I been screwing things up? 6 months 2 days ago #16102

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Here here when I have been teaching both navigation or seamanship it is good to have more than one student since the rest will either be helped by a question posed from one or they will learn from the others mistakes it is all good
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Have I been screwing things up? 6 months 2 days ago #16108

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KenBuzbee wrote:
EamonMcGowan wrote:
Anything more is just our OCD running amok ;)
Ken

You say this like it is a bad thing? Lol Just playing :P

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Sorry Last night before bed it seemed like a funny line? Obviously a very poor attempt and I apologize if I offended anyone. :(
The definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over again and expect a different result?
An old Irish toast, May the wind always be at your back, may you always have work and may you be in heaven a half hour before the devil knows your dead. Cheers!
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Have I been screwing things up? 6 months 2 days ago #16109

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It is a funny line!! No sorry!

Leo
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Have I been screwing things up? 6 months 2 days ago #16110

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Absolutely funny. Well played!

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