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The Straw Mod 2 years 1 month ago #4021

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Hey Everyone!

I recently picked up some subway straws to attempt to take some of the play out of the rods to the WEPS. They are fantastic! However I am consistently running into a problem with them coming off the rods. I have tried to superglue them on the rods as well and use zip ties. I was hoping someone out there has a solution to this problem!

Thanks everyone in advance for all the amazing wisdom. Everyone on here rocks.

D
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Re: The Straw Mod 2 years 1 month ago #4035

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My solution would be... don't use them! Even if there is a bit of play between the holder and the rod, as evidenced by the numerous videos, posts, and microscope pictures, it doesn't hinder getting knives sharp. If you're finding it a problem, just try adjusting your grip slightly.

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Re: The Straw Mod 2 years 1 month ago #4047

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Lol, i had the same problem... I have tried melting the base of the straw in order to get it to shrinkwrap to the base of the rod. It worked pretty well, but i ended up having to use a very thin (1/16") strip of duck tape wrapped around the base of the straw/rod to keep it from coming off. I have found that what works best though is a thin strip of moleskin. I'm contemplating comtacting a local fabrication shop to see how much they would charge to make me some bushings that i could install on each paddle (got the idea from clay). I also thought of trying hot glue at the base of the straw but havent done it yet :-)
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Re: The Straw Mod 2 years 1 month ago #4067

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DustinKampel1 wrote:
Hey Everyone!

I recently picked up some subway straws to attempt to take some of the play out of the rods to the WEPS. They are fantastic! However I am consistently running into a problem with them coming off the rods. I have tried to superglue them on the rods as well and use zip ties. I was hoping someone out there has a solution to this problem!

Thanks everyone in advance for all the amazing wisdom. Everyone on here rocks.

D

I haven't obtained the Subway straws yet but has anyone tried the removable rubber cement use to temporarily bond paper? When you want to remove it just rub it off. I eil try it when I finally get the straws and report back.
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Re: The Straw Mod 2 years 1 month ago #4102

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MartinSinger wrote:
DustinKampel1 wrote:
Hey Everyone!

I recently picked up some subway straws to attempt to take some of the play out of the rods to the WEPS. They are fantastic! However I am consistently running into a problem with them coming off the rods. I have tried to superglue them on the rods as well and use zip ties. I was hoping someone out there has a solution to this problem!

Thanks everyone in advance for all the amazing wisdom. Everyone on here rocks.

D

I haven't obtained the Subway straws yet but has anyone tried the removable rubber cement use to temporarily bond paper? When you want to remove it just rub it off. I eil try it when I finally get the straws and report back.

Picked up the straws over the weekend and put a small dab of Elmers rubber cement at the base of the rod then quickly slid the straw all the way down uver the cement on the flat section of the rod. I sharpened a single high carbon stainless Mondial chef knife for several hours. The straws never moved the entire time.

The knife, on the other hand, resisted reprofiling with th 100 grit diamond. This is the most resistant blade I've encountered yet. Looks like I need to get the coarse stones and try again. A second identical knife sharpened easily on my 1"x30" belt sander with a 300 grit ceramic belt, just not the precision angle of the WEPS that I demand now.
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Re: The Straw Mod 2 years 1 month ago #4115

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My first Subway straws were too small to fit over the rods. According to another thread I was the only one to have this problem.
Just got a second set, still too small.
My Wicked Edge is at least 2 years old (maybe older), does anyone know if the rods were ever slightly larger in diameter?
As of now I have pretty much decided I don't have enough play to worry about.

Glen
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Re: The Straw Mod 2 years 1 month ago #4117

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Hi Glen,

The rods did used to be slightly larger.
glenewertz wrote:
My first Subway straws were too small to fit over the rods. According to another thread I was the only one to have this problem.
Just got a second set, still too small.
My Wicked Edge is at least 2 years old (maybe older), does anyone know if the rods were ever slightly larger in diameter?
As of now I have pretty much decided I don't have enough play to worry about.

Glen
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Re: The Straw Mod 2 years 1 month ago #4131

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Is this really a significant issue? I don't have my WE yet ( it will arrive this week hopefully) but one of the primary reasons I decided to spend the money on one was this exact issue with systems like Lansky's and Gatco's...rod slop.

As I'm sure you know, with those type of systems, the rods have a lot of room to move around in the guide holes which on it's own isn't enough to really cause huge issues, but that coupled with the other inherent weaknesses in those designs ( manly poor knife clamping systems), result in problems getting and maintaining consistent angles.

The WE clamping system is obviously much better, but if the rod slop is still apparent enough that you have to modify it with straws...to be honest, that concerns me a bit given the amount of money invested.

So...is this really an issue to be concerned about, or is it more a situation of striving for absolute perfection?
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Re: The Straw Mod 2 years 1 month ago #4136

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I would say it is a matter of striving for absolute perfection. Most of the people that invest in a product like the Wicked Edge are a little off the deep end when it comes to sharpening. :whistle: I myself have invested thousands of dollers in sharpening equipment. I don't even have a thousand dollers worth of knives. But what I do have are so sharp you could shave with their shadow. ;)
Last Edit: 2 years 1 month ago by Razoredge. Reason: fingers can't spell
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Re: The Straw Mod 2 years 1 month ago #4150

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Thanks Clay, I thought I was nuts for a while.
Wayne,
I struggled for years wasting money on devices and still couldn't manage to get a knife "really" sharp.
Then I got the Wicked Edge and the first knife I tried was shaving sharp!
Now I routinely do micro bevels and asymetrical edges (popular on some Chef's knives)
Rest assured, this is the real deal.
I've never looked back.
Let us know how you do.

Glen
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