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    I just cleaned my G3 vise this AM, so wanted to try it out on some thin blades.

    I also wanted to do something less serious, where the results weren’t all that important. I’d still like nice, but don’t need to strive for perfection (still a bit out of my reach, anyway).

    First up was this one:

    The tang bears some Kanji, which I can’t even begin to read, and the words DP.Gold.V. I think this little knife cost $10 new. I used to do a lot of backpacking for fun and work and would often spend 8-10 days out at a time. Freeze-dried food sucks after a while, and is too expensive, so I often took some fresh ingredients and this tiny kitchen knife. I cut up some “cutting board pads”, thin, stout pieces of flexible plastic, and could use one of the 4X6″ pieces for a mini-cutting board.

    Now it’s Wicked Sharp. I took it to 1K grit @ 14 dps, polished the bevel free–hand with an old ceramic razor hone, then added a 1K micro-bevel, 5 strokes per side, at 16 dps. The steel is very thin and somewhat soft, so this was pretty quick and fun. It didn’t hurt that I had never really put much of a bevel on it over the years. It’s a little scary now!

    Now this oddball:

    An Ontario knife, of sorts. I think this was once a carpet- or linoleum-layer’s knife, from the days before disposable blades. I mostly use it around the brewery for cutting and fitting foam pipe insulation, where I need a longer blade than a ute knife. Some day, I’m going to haft and sharpen a hacksaw blade for larger insulation.

    This one I just flattened the bevel and took it to 1K @ 22dps. I usually cut on a cardboard pad, so it will dull quickly, but can also be touched-up quickly. I didn’t really worry too much abut removing every trace of previous stone scratches.

    The newly-cleaned and lubed vise works much better n0w. Lately, I’ve been really clamping down and having to use tape or shims to get even fairly thick knives to hold. Both of the these were mounted at lowest tension, and never moved a hair.

    Enjoying the WEPS!

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    If you take a close up of the writing my wife might be able to decipher.  When we enlarge the pic, it blurs out.

    The first 3 characters appear to be Katakana and we can’t make out the following Kanji characters.

    Ed K.

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    Thanks, Ed. I’ll try to remember to bring it back to the shop tomorrow and get a good pic. These were something  an old hiking/climbing friend found on clearance  a couple of decades ago, so might be something or not. I’ve sure had a lot of use out of it, anyhow. Want a sandwich with fresh tomato slices for lunch during a long day in the woods, and not have it be soggy? Just bring a whole tomato in a yogurt cup, the little slicing board and this knife and you have it!

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