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  • #11859
    cbwx34
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    So, I was sharpening a long fairly flexible carving style knife…

    … as you can see, I clamped it so the majority of the blade was behind the clamp. Initially, I was “holding” the handle by bracing it with my body, then got to thinking, and came up with this…

    … just took some string and a couple of clamps and secured the handle.

    Worked great! The string didn’t even have to be that tight, and it held the knife so that side to side movement wasn’t an issue. Didn’t get in the way at all either… after a few minutes, didn’t even think about it.

    I actually think there may be a better idea hidden in this one, so thought I’d throw it out here for some input. Or at least give you something to try if you need to. Turned out to be a simple solution that got the job done. :cheer:

    #11861
    Ken Buzbee
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    Nice Curtis!

    I’ll have to give that a try.

    Fixed rods seem like they’d work more effectively but they wouldn’t be as accommodating.

    Ken

    #11864
    Mark76
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    Great idea, Curtis! I’m definitely gonna try it.

    Molecule Polishing: my blog about sharpening with the Wicked Edge

    #11870
    blacksheep25
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    Great idea!

    An add-on suggestion: drill a hole in the end of the rod and insert a split ring as a tie off point (vice using the clips).

    #11877
    Lukas Pop
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    Interesting! Can you create some video? 😉

    #11878
    cbwx34
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    Interesting! Can you create some video? 😉

    I can barely take a picture 😆 It’s pretty easy and cheap to setup… I’m hoping for some testing and feedback/improvements. 🙂

    #11890
    Eamon Mc Gowan
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    Interesting you bring this up? I was going to start a thread asking what you guys do when you have a long Bowie type knife? A friend brought over a long and very heavy antler type handle. It kept wanting to slide down? I braced it with a storage
    bin and towel, but I’m sure someone has a better idea?
    Thanks, Eamon

    #11894
    Phil Pasteur
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    So, I was sharpening a long fairly flexible carving style knife…

    … as you can see, I clamped it so the majority of the blade was behind the clamp. Initially, I was “holding” the handle by bracing it with my body, then got to thinking, and came up with this…

    … just took some string and a couple of clamps and secured the handle.

    Worked great! The string didn’t even have to be that tight, and it held the knife so that side to side movement wasn’t an issue. Didn’t get in the way at all either… after a few minutes, didn’t even think about it.

    I actually think there may be a better idea hidden in this one, so thought I’d throw it out here for some input. Or at least give you something to try if you need to. Turned out to be a simple solution that got the job done. :cheer:

    You have enough reach on the stones to get to the hilt (handle end) of the blade?
    It just looks like a reach..
    I like those levers you put on the set screws for the arms on the base rod… slick idea!

    #11895
    Mark76
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    I like those levers you put on the set screws for the arms on the base rod… slick idea!

    I didn’t notice that. But now I look at it, it looks like a good idea. Do you have a close-up picture of that, Curtis?

    Molecule Polishing: my blog about sharpening with the Wicked Edge

    #11899
    Phil Pasteur
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    Interesting! Can you create some video? 😉

    I can barely take a picture 😆

    Maybe if you used a real camera… and not something that starts with “I”…

    👿 :whistle:

    #11915
    cbwx34
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    I’ve used a real camera…. it’s me. 🙂

    The screws with the levers Clay gave me to try… since I have the clearance with the vacuum base setup. They don’t work with the standard base. Also have some clearance problems at smaller angles (hit the base of the unit), and can’t use the holder for the vise key. So, in the end, they’re OK, but no real advantage, other than being a little easier to tighten.

    Didn’t have any problem reaching the length of the knife.

    As for holding a heavy knife, I don’t think this idea would help… I’d try using something like leather, moleskin, or drawer liner, to give the vise a better grip.

    #12017
    Mark76
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    The screws look very sturdy. Exactly what I’d want for being able to tighten the screws that connect the arms to the angle bar very tightly. These screws do come loose from time to time during sharpening in my case. (No, I don’t use Loctite, maybe I should.)

    As for holding a heavy knife, I don’t think this idea would help… I’d try using something like leather, moleskin, or drawer liner, to give the vise a better grip.

    I don’t know whether we understand eachother correctly (and maybe you didn’t direct this comment to me). It isn’t about heavy knives, this can happen with any sort of knife. The idea of moleskin or leather sounds good, but how do I apply this to a WEPS screw? Or should I ask this at my local hardware store?

    Molecule Polishing: my blog about sharpening with the Wicked Edge

    #12023
    cbwx34
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    The “heavy knife” was in response to Eamon’s post. Sorry for the confusion.

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