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  • #16
    I have made some recent discoveries about my use of knives. I do mostly relief carvings, so much of my knife use is for stop cuts, usually with a hefty, chip carving type blade. Then I had some precise incised lines to cut, so I switched to a Drake detail knife belonging to my wife. I was surprised that the detail knife would "stick" in a vertical incision in Black Walnut. I would have to lift the knife to release it, and start over. By re-adjusting the angle and pressure I could get it to cut smoothly, but it was very different from my normal knife approach.


    • #17
      Interesting observations. Different carving type but I find myself reaching frequently for a hooked skew when making stop cuts.


      • #18
        Well, it was bound to happen given the abusive practices I need to employ sometimes when whittling doodads (like deep, twisty, diggy cuts): I just broke the tip on the OCC 1" detail knife. Not a lot, maybe 0.02" off the end of the blade. It is not like I have never done this before. But it is kind of like the first dent in your new car.

        So I did a little bit of reshaping to taper the spine down to the (new) tip and then some re-honing to narrow the spine a little at the tip and finally some sharpening and stropping.

        You would think that this would bring the knife back to almost like new. Nope. It is a completely different knife now. It is amazing how much difference that little bit of a tip makes in how I perceive that knife. Maybe it is all psychological. But I swear, it just ain't the same knife anymore.

        Oh well. Bummer. But it has happened before. And it will again. It is still a good knife. Just not the knife I had when it was new.

        Somebody start the violin music -- Honketyhank's Lament for a Lost Tip .
        HonketyHank toot toot


        • #19
          I agree, Hank. Change the tip and it changes where you imagine the tip to be. Just "different."

          Surgical scalpels were my first wood carving knives. I broke a few #15 (#11?) tips. Change the blade, no big deal. Then a carver reminded me that with that little tiny piece of steel embedded in the carving, any repairs could wreck another carving tool.
          Any knife work of any kind ever since, I'm always looking at the knife tip for damage.
          Brian T


          • #20
            Real bummer, Hank. So far I've been lucky...but it will happen. I bought two OCC knives in case one does break. Boy Scout motto, be prepared.

            I don't have a violin.

            Living among knives and fire.



            • #21
              Originally posted by honketyhank View Post
              The only problem I have is that I do not like the grinding marks on the faces of the bevels. I have been working to polish them off. I think I need to drop down to a 600 grit as it is taking forever with the 1000.

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              Just keep stropping it, and after a couple of years, the marks will all be gone.

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              • #22
                Lots of edges get polished with age. Funny how that works out.
                That "polished" surface is still scratched all to Hello.
                Just that the human eye does not have the resolution to see them
                without a magnifying lens of some sort.
                Brian T